AFP

WASHINGTON-Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, “a living archive of America’s music and conscience” who inspired the likes of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, has died at the age of 94, US media reported.

With a career spanning decades, Seeger was credited with popularizing the hymn of the civil rights movement, “We Shall Overcome” and was known for renditions of songs like “If I had a Hammer” and “Where Have all the Flowers Gone.”  He passed away of natural causes Monday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital where he was admitted a week earlier, his grandson, Kitama Cahill Jackson said, according the the New York Times.

Seeger played 12-string guitar or five-string banjo. He sang topical songs and children’s tunes as well as anthems, and often urged his audience to sing along.