MILL VALLEY (CBS/AP) — Singer Ronnie Gilbert, a member of the influential 1950s folk quartet the Weavers, has died. She was 88.
Gilbert died of natural causes Saturday at a retirement community in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Mill Valley, said her longtime partner, Donna Korones.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Girl Dead, Woman Wounded in Friday-Evening Shooting in San Francisco
With the Weavers, whose other members were Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Fred Hellerman, Gilbert helped spark a national folk revival by churning out hit recordings of “Goodnight Irene,” “Tzena Tzena Tzena,” “On Top of Old Smokey,” “If I Had A Hammer,” “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine” and “Wimoweh.”
The group was hugely popular before its left-wing activities were targeted by anti-Communists during the McCarthy era. They were blacklisted, unable to record, appear on television or radio and perform in many concert venues, and eventually disbanded.READ MORE: Belmont Police Search for Missing Woman and Her 3-Year-Old Son
Gilbert went on to pursue a solo career as a singer, as a stage actor and psychologist.
Gilbert’s memoir, “Ronnie Gilbert: A Radical Life in Song,” which is the same title of a one-woman show she performed for years, will be published in the fall.
She is survived by her daughter, Lisa, and Korones, her partner of 30 years.MORE NEWS: Grass Fire That Burned 15 Acres on Altamont Pass Slows Traffic for Hours
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