It was recorded as "Wimoweh" by the the Weavers in November 1951, and published by Folkways Music Publishers in December 1951.

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The successful concerts and hit recordings of the Weavers helped introduce to new audiences such folk revival standards as "On Top of Old Smoky" (with guest vocalist Terry Gilkyson), "Follow the Drinking Gourd", "Kisses Sweeter than Wine", "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore", "The Wreck of the John B" (aka "Sloop John B"), "Rock Island Line", "The Midnight Special", "Pay Me My Money Down", "Darling Corey" and "Wimoweh".

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Seeger playing the banjo in 1955

Pete Seeger

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American folk singer and social activist.

American folk singer and social activist.

Seeger playing the banjo in 1955
Peter Seeger (on father's lap) with his father and mother, Charles and Constance Seeger and brothers on a camping trip (May 23, 1921)
Seeger in 1979
Pete Seeger entertaining Eleanor Roosevelt (center), honored guest at a racially integrated Valentine's Day party marking the opening of the United Federal Labor Canteen, CIO, in then-segregated Washington, D.C., 1944.
Four long-neck banjos inspired by Seeger's. The instrument on far left was closely constructed to match Seeger's. American Banjo Museum.
Seeger at 86 on the cover of Sing Out! (Summer 2005), a magazine he helped found in 1950
Pete Seeger, Stern Grove, San Francisco, August 6, 1978
Sloop Clearwater sailing up the Hudson River
Seeger in 1999
Seeger (left), performing with Kabir Suman at Kolkata in 1996
Seeger at the Clearwater Festival in June 2007
Pete Seeger (right), 88 years old, photographed in March 2008 with his friend, the writer and musician Ed Renehan

A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, Seeger also had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of the Weavers, notably their recording of Lead Belly's "Goodnight, Irene", which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950.

Other Weavers hits included "Dusty Old Dust" ("So Long It's Been Good to Know You" by Woody Guthrie), "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" (by Hays, Seeger, and Lead Belly), and the Zulu song by Solomon Linda, "Wimoweh" (about Shaka), among others.

The Weavers at Carnegie Hall

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At Carnegie Hall is the second album by The Weavers.

7) "Wimoweh" (Solomon Linda, arranged by Gilbert, Hays, Hellerman) — 1:46