Peter, Paul and Mary

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The trio Peter, Paul and Mary (often PP&M) is one of the most successful folk-singing groups of the 1960s. The trio is comprised of Peter Yarrow, Noel "Paul" Stookey, and Mary Travers.

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History

The group was created by manager Albert Grossman, who sought to create a folk "supergroup" by bringing together "a tall blonde (Travers), a funny guy (Stookey), and a good looking guy (Yarrow)". He launched the group in 1961, booking them into the Bitter End, a coffee shop in New York City's Greenwich Village that was a favorite place to hear folk artists. The group recorded their first album, Peter, Paul and Mary, the following year. The album was listed on Billboard Magazine Top Ten list for ten months and in the Top One Hundred for over three years.

By 1963, they had recorded three albums, released the now-famous song "Puff the Magic Dragon," which Yarrow originally wrote in 1958, and performed another major hit, their cover of "If I Had a Hammer" at the March on Washington, best remembered for Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. "One Hundred Miles" and "Lemon Tree" are other successful songs recorded by the trio. For many years after, the group was at the forefront of the civil rights movement and other causes promoting social justice. The later hit "Leaving on a Jet Plane" was actually written by the then unknown John Denver.

The trio broke up in 1970 to pursue separate solo careers, but found little of the success they did as a group, although Stookey's "The Wedding Song (There Is Love)" (written for Yarrow's marriage to Marybeth McCarthy, the niece of senator Eugene McCarthy) was a hit and has become a wedding standard since its 1971 release.

In 1978, they reunited for a concert to protest nuclear energy, and have recorded albums together and toured since. They currently play around 40 shows a year.

The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.

In 2005, Travers was diagnosed with leukemia, leading to the cancellation of the remaining tour dates for that year.

Discography

  • 1962 Peter, Paul and Mary
  • 1963 (Moving)
  • 1963 In The Wind
  • 1964 In Concert
  • 1965 A Song Will Rise
  • 1965 See What Tomorrow Brings
  • 1966 Album
  • 1967 Album 1700
  • 1967 In Japan
  • 1968 Late Again
  • 1969 Peter, Paul and Mommy
  • 1970 Ten Years Together
  • 1978 Reunion
  • 1983 Such Is Love
  • 1986 No Easy Walk To Freedom
  • 1988 A Holiday Celebration
  • 1990 Flowers & Stones
  • 1993 Peter, Paul and Mommy, Too
  • 1995 PPM& (Lifelines)
  • 1996 Lifelines Live
  • 1998 Around The Campfire
  • 1998 The Collection
  • 1999 Songs of Conscience and Concern
  • 2004 Carry It On
  • 2004 In These Times

Videography

  • 1986 Peter, Paul & Mary 25th Anniversary Concert
  • 1988 Peter, Paul & Mary Holiday Concert
  • 1993 Peter, Paul & Mommy, Too
  • 1996 Peter, Paul & Mary: Lifelines Live
  • 2004 Peter, Paul & Mary: Carry It On - A Musical Legacy

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