Hellerman, the last surviving member of the influential Fifties
folk group the Weavers, died September 1, 2016 at his Connecticut
home at the age of 89.
along with the Weavers' Ronnie Gilbert, Lee Hays and Pete Seeger,
helped spark the folk revolution of the 1960s thanks to their
renditions of standards like "Kisses Sweeter than Wine," Woody
Guthrie's "So Long, It's Been Good to Know Yuh" and Lead Belly's
"Goodnight Irene." Weavers songs penned by Hellerman include
"The Honey Wind Blows," "Walkin' on the Green Grass" and the
antiwar song "Come Away Melinda." Hellerman also often employed
aliases to write tracks for other artists: His "Just a Country
Boy," co-written under the pseudonym "Fred Brooks," would become
a hit for Harry Belafonte and Don Williams.