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Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Lexington, Virginia, USA  (multiple myeloma and leukemia)
Birth NameMichael Seeger

Mini Bio (1)

Mike Seeger was born on August 15, 1933 in New York City, New York, USA as Michael Seeger. He was married to Alexia Smith, Marjorie Ostrow and Alice Gerrard. He died on August 7, 2009 in Lexington, Virginia, USA.

Spouse (3)

Alexia Smith (1995 - 7 August 2009) ( his death)
Marjorie Ostrow (? - ?) ( divorced) ( 3 children)
Alice Gerrard (? - ?) ( divorced)

Trivia (9)

Younger half-brother of Pete Seeger and older brother of Peggy Seeger.
His father was an ethnomusicologist, and his mother was a composer who worked at the Archive of American Folk Song in Washington DC.
He formed The New Lost City Ramblers in 1958.
He had a distinctive voice, and played auto-harp, banjo, dobro, dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and mouth harp.
He helped to revive interest in American folk music in the 1950s and '60s. He collected traditional Southern rural music, and gathered the stories behind the songs.
Uncle of Neil MacColl.
Brother-in-law of Ewan MacColl.
He had three sons with his first wife, Marjorie: Kim, Chris Arley, and Jeremy.
Mike Seeger was diagnosed with leukemia nearly a decade ago. He underwent treatment for that condition while continuing to perform, record and teach. In July of 2009, a subsequent diagnosis showed that he had developed a second cancer, multiple myeloma. In the same forthright manner in which he had always lived his life he prepared for his death, refusing additional treatment and choosing instead to enter home hospice care. He died at his home in Lexington, VA, surrounded by his wife, his sons, and his sister.

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