Peter, Paul And Mary – Biography
Peter, Paul And Mary, the American folk song trio comprising of Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey and Mary Travers was created in 1961 by their manager Albert Grossman. The following year they recorded their first album titled simply as Peter, Paul and Mary.
The album became an instant hit, containing singles like “Lemon Tree”, “500 Miles”, “If I Had a Hammer” (subtitled “(The Hammer Song)”) and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” The album shot to the Billboard Magazine Top Ten for 10 months, including seven weeks in the #1 position. In the US alone, it sold more over two million copies, earning Double Platinum certification from the RIAA.
After this huge initial success that placed them in the rostrum of international fame, Peter, Paul and Mary recorded their second album in 1963. The album titled “Puff the Magic Dragon” which was equally impressive. Along the way they also had performances with Bob Dylan and getting great response by singing his songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and many others.
“Leaving On A Jet Plane” became their only #1 hit (as well as their final Top 40 Pop hit) in December 1969, and was written by the group’s friend John Denver. It was the group’s sixth million-selling Gold single. The track first appeared on their million-selling Platinum certified Album 1700 in 1967 (which also contained their #9 hit “I Dig Rock and Roll Music”). “Day Is Done”, a #21 hit in June 1969, was the last Hot 100 hit
In 1972, they reunited for a concert at Madison Square Garden to support George McGovern’s presidential campaign, and again in 1978, for a concert to protest against nuclear energy. This concert was followed by a summer reunion tour, which proved to be so popular that the group decided to reunite more or less permanently in 1981. They continued to record albums together and tour, playing around 45 shows a year, until the 2009 death of Mary Travers.
Despite the demise of Mary Travers, Yarrow and Stookey continued to perform as a duo under their individual names.