Joseph C. Hickerson (born October 20, 1935, in Highland Park, Illinois)[1] is an American folk singer and musicologist. A graduate of Oberlin College, for 35 years (1963–1998) he was Librarian and Director of the Archive of Folk Song at the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. Joe brought together the Ukrainian source and his own verses to create the basis for "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" in collaboration with Pete Seeger.[2] He participated in the first LP recording of "Kumbayah". Along with Dave Guard, he is credited with the creation of the Kingston Trio's version of "Bonny Hielan Laddie". He is a lecturer, researcher, and performer, especially in New York State, Michigan, and the Chicago area. As of 2013 he is living in Portland, Oregon.

Joe Hickerson
Born (1935-10-20) October 20, 1935 (age 88)
Lake Forest, Illinois, U.S.
GenresFolk and roots music
Occupation(s)Folk singer, musicologist
Years active1957–present
LabelsFolkways Records, Folk-Legacy Records






  1. ^ "Alan Darco Celebrity Birthdays: Folk". Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  2. ^ "Where Have All the Flowers gone? (Pete Seeger/Joe Hickerson) (1956-'60)". Archived from the original on December 18, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-31.