Published: Jan 28, 2014 5:53 AM EST


NEW YORK (AP) - 

Pete Seeger -- who's influence carried from Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen -- has died. Seeger was 94. Seeger was a folk singer and political activist for more than a-half century. He helped to make "We Shall Overcome" the anthem of the civil rights movement when he published it in 1948. But his politics kept Seeger off of TV for more than a decade. He told the AP in 1996 he wanted to do more than entertain. He said he wanted to put songs on people's lips rather than just in their ears.

Seeger's family says he died at a New York hospital last night. His grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson recalls Seeger had been chopping wood 10 days ago.