Fred Hellerman, 89, the last of the Weavers
Fred Hellerman, the last remaining member of the Weavers, died Thursday, his son, Caleb, confirmed Friday morning in a telephone interview.
Hellerman was 89.
The son said that there would be no funeral, adding that a memorial event will likely take place in the coming months.
“I have sad news to share: my dad, Fred Hellerman, died this morning after a long run of failing health,” Caleb announced on Facebook. “He was home and surrounded by family. It’s still sinking in, but I appreciate the words of comfort that many of you have shared. There won’t be a funeral but we will hold a memorial service, with music, some time in the next few months.”
The Weavers, whose other members were Pete Seeger and Lee Hays and Ronnie Gilbert helped spark a national folk revival by churning out hit recordings of “Goodnight Irene,” ″On Top of Old Smokey,” ″If I Had A Hammer,” ″Kisses Sweeter Than Wine” and “Wimoweh.”
The group was hugely popular before being targeted by anti-Communists and blacklisted during the Red Scare.
Hellerman lived on Goodhill Road in Weston since 1969.
The group, formed in 1948 and disbanded in 1964, played a reunion concert Carnegie Hall in New York City on Nov. 28, 1980.
Seeger died in 2014 at age 94, Gilbert died in 2015, and Hays in 1981.