Peggy Seeger (New York City, New York, June 17, 1935 -) is an American folk singer who also achieved renown in Britain, where she lived for more than 30 years as the wife of songwriter Ewan MacColl?.
Seeger's father was Charles Seeger (1886-1979), an important folklorist and musicologist; her mother was Seeger's second wife, Ruth Porter Crawford (1901-1953), a modernist composer who was one of the first women to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship. One of her half-siblings is the equally famous Pete Seeger. One of Peggy Seeger's first recordings was "American Folk Songs for Children" (1955), considered one of her most enduring and probably the best-selling collection of children's songs ever recorded.
In the 1950s, left-leaning singers such as Paul Robeson and The Weavers began to find that life became difficult because of the influence of McCarthyism?. Seeger visited Communist China and as a result had her U.S. passport withdrawn. She therefore decided to tour Europe. While in London in 1956, she was accompanying herself...