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Fred Hellerman (1927–2016)

Songwriter ("Kisses Sweeter than Wine", "I Never Will Marry"), composer, author and singer, educated at Brooklyn College (Bachelor of Arts degree) and Columbia University. He served in the US Coast Guard during World War II, and co-founded the Weavers folk-singing group, for which he also sang and accompanied on guitar. He also arranged for folk ... See full bio »

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Sing Your Song Soundtrack
Hallelujah! Soundtrack
The Rainmaker
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 2011 Sing Your Song (Documentary) (writer: "Sylvie (Bring Me Li'l Water, Silvie)", "Who's Gonna Be Your Man")
 2005 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Sunset Story (2005) ... (writer: "A Man Come Into Egypt")
 1998 Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- 2x23 (1998) ... (lyrics: "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" - uncredited)
 1997 Chicago Hope (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Brain Salad Surgery (1997) ... (writer: "When I'm On My Journey")
 1979 Gettin' Down (writer: "I'm Just a Country Boy" - uncredited)
 1971 The Two Ronnies (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode #1.5 (1971) ... ("The Honey Wind Blows")
 1970 The Dean Martin Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #6.14 (1970) ... (writer: "Gotta Travel On" - uncredited)
 1970 The Rosey Grier Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 26 September 1970 (1970) ... (writer: "Business Goes On As Usual")
 1966 Hallelujah! (TV Series) (writer: "Business Goes On As Usual")
 1957 The Lux Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.9 (1957) ... (lyrics: "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine")
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 1982 The Rainmaker (TV Movie)
 1974 Lovin' Molly
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 1969 Alice's Restaurant (musical director)
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 2009 Folk America (TV Series documentary)
- This Land is Your Land (2009) ... Himself
 2004 Isn't This a Time! A Tribute Concert for Harold Leventhal (Documentary)
Himself (The Weavers)
 1996 Great Performances (TV Series)
- Peter, Paul and Mary: Lifelines (1996) ... Himself
 1981 The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time (Documentary)
 1950 The Faye Emerson Show (TV Series)
- The Weavers (1950) ... Himself
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 2007 Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (Documentary)
 1991 Carnegie Hall at 100: A Place of Dreams (Video documentary)
Himself (as The Weavers)

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Member of the influential folk music quartet "The Weavers" from 1948 to 1964 along with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Ronnie Gilbert as well as Seeger's replacements Erik Darling, Frank Hamilton or Bernie Krause. The group occasionally reformed for concerts until Hays's death in 1981.

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The Weavers

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The Weavers were formed in the late 1940s by Hellerman along with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Ronnie Gilbert. They helped to popularize folk music in the United States with recordings including "Goodnight Irene" and "On Top of Old Smoky." The group disbanded after they were black-listed by anti-Communists in the early 1950s, but performed again into the 1960s and then at a reunion concert at ... See more »

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