Carawan, Guy

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Carawan, Guy Gender: M
Guy Hughes Carawan, Jr.
born on 28 July 1927 at 08:15 (= 08:15 AM )
Place Santa Monica, California, 34n01, 118w29
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 04°35' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 03°54 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 13°40'

Guy Carawan (photograph by Heather Carawan, circa 1990)
photo: Heather Carawan, license cc-by-2.0


American folk musician and musicologist, famous for introducing the protest song "We Shall Overcome" to the American Civil Rights Movement, by teaching it to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. A union organizing song based on a black spiritual, it had been a favorite of Zilphia Horton (d. 1956) wife of the founder of the Highlander Folk School. Carawan reintroduced it at the school when he became its new music director in 1959. The song is copyrighted in the name of Horton, Frank Hamilton, Carawan and Pete Seeger.

Carawan sang and played banjo, guitar, and hammered dulcimer. He frequently performed and recorded with his wife, singer Candie Carawan. Occasionally he was accompanied by their son Evan Carawan, who plays mandolin and hammered dulcimer. Carawan and his wife lived in New Market, near the Highlander Center.

Guy and his wife Candie Carawan have two children Evan Carawan, and Heather Carawan. He died on 2 May 2015 at age 87 in New Market, Tennessee.

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  • Relationship : Marriage 1961 (Carolanne Marie "Candie" Anderson)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate.


  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (54 years with Candie Carawan)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 87)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Folk Music
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Banjo, guitar, hammered dulcimer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Music teacher (Musicologist)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Other Entertain/Music (Music director)