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Trini Lopez - If I Had A Hammer on Trini Lopez At PJ's (1963)

Trini Lopez - If I Had A Hammer on Trini Lopez At PJ's (1963)
"If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)" is a song written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays. It was written in 1949 in support of the progressive movement, and was first recorded by The Weavers, a folk music quartet composed of Seeger, Hays, Ronnie Gilbert and Fred Hellerman. It was a number 10 hit for Peter, Paul and Mary in 1962 and then went to number three a year later when recorded by Trini Lopez.

The Weavers released the song under the title "The Hammer Song" as a 78 single in March 1950 on Hootenanny Records, 101-A, backed with "Banks of Marble".



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The song was first performed publicly by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays on June 3, 1949, at St. Nicholas Arena in New York City at a testimonial dinner for the leaders of the Communist Party of the United States, who were then on trial in federal court, charged with violating the Smith Act by advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government. It was not particularly successful in commercial terms when it was first released. It was part of the three songs Seeger played as the warm-up act for Paul Robeson's September 4 concert near Peekskill, New York, which subsequently erupted into a riot.

In November, 1964. Trini Lopez said to Billboard that the disk jokeys have helped tremendously in deciding which side should be taken out of his Reprice albums for a push in the singles market. "If I Had a Hammer," said Lopez, "that made us take it out of my album'Trini Lopez at P.J.'s' for a single release." The result of the action was a 4,000,000 single seller around the world.
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