Seeger acknowledged King Solomon in writing 'Turn! Turn! Turn!'

Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger performed on stage during the Farm Aid 2013 concert in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Hans Pennik | AP 2013

Today's Morning Edition music is from "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" by the Byrds, which was No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart 50 years ago Wednesday.

The title and the melody were written by Pete Seeger. He took the rest from the King James translation of the Old Testament's Book of Ecclesiastes. The author of Ecclesiastes is thought to have been King Solomon.

To acknowledge his co-author, Seeger arranged to have 45 percent of the song's royalties donated to a favorite charity, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.