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Peter, Paul, & Mary were an American folk trio consisting of Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, and Mary Travers, and one of the most iconic folk groups of the '60s.

They are known for original songs such as "Puff, The Magic Dragon", as well as many covers of emerging folk artists, such as Bob Dylan, John Denver, and Gordon Lightfoot in the '60s.

They have won five Grammy Awards, were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999, and received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.

History[]

Early Years (1961-1972)[]

Peter, Paul, & Mary met in 1961, thanks to independent folk music manager Albert Grossman, and their eponymous début was released in May of the following year. "Lemon Tree" was released as a single to accompany the album, and then later "If I Had a Hammer". Other notable songs included on the album were "500 Miles" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone".

In 1963 they released two albums: Moving and In the Wind, the first of which featured the hit single "Puff, The Magic Dragon", while the latter album featured the Bob Dylan covers "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right". Peter, Paul, & Mary also performed "If I Had a Hammer" and "Blowin' in the Wind" at the historic 1963 March on Washington.

The live album Peter, Paul and Mary in Concert was released in 1964, and A Song Will Rise and See What Tomorrow Brings were both released in 1965. 1966 brought the mononymic Album, and the 1967 release, Album 1700 featured the group's only #1 single, a cover of John Denver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane".

Peter, Paul, & Mary released the Late Again album in 1968, as well as the stand-alone record "Eugene McCarthy For President (If You Love Your Country)", endorsing presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy.

In 1969 they released the children's album Peter, Paul and Mommy, notably including "Puff, the Magic Dragon", which had previously appeared on their second album. This would be their last album together before splitting apart to pursue solo careers in 1970, aside from The Best of Peter, Paul and Mary compilation, released in the spring of 1970.

Although they split up, Peter, Paul, & Mary still toured together on multiple occasions while pursuing their solo careers. They also notably got together to support the presidential campaign of George McGovern in 1972.

Reunion (1978-2009)[]

Peter, Paul, & Mary reunited in 1978, holding a concert in the spring protesting against nuclear energy, touring in the summer, and releasing the Reunion album in the autumn.

In the '80s and '90s, they alternated between live and studio releases, releasing the live album Such is Love in 1983, No Easy Walk to Freedom in 1986, A Holiday Celebration in 1988, Flowers and Stones in 1990, Peter, Paul & Mommy, Too, a live followup to their children's album in '93, and LifeLines and LifeLines Live in 1995 and 1996, respectively.

The compilations Around the Campfire and Songs of Conscience and Concern were released in 1998 and 1999, respectively, and the new millennium saw Peter, Paul, & Mary's final studio release, of In These Times in 2004.

The trio officially ended with the unfortunate death of Mary Travers in 2009 due to leukemia. Just before Travers' death, while she was unable to perform, Peter and Paul went on tour by themselves, calling the showings "Peter & Paul Celebrate Mary and 5 Decades of Friendship".

A project that Peter and Paul worked on after the death of Mary added symphonic orchestrations to live recordings from several concerts from the '80s and '90s. The result, The Prague Sessions was released in early 2010.

Today, Peter and Paul still perform as a duo, honoring Mary.

Discography[]

Year of release Singles

Studio Albums

Live Albums

Compilation Albums

Box Sets
1962 "Lemon Tree" Peter, Paul and Mary
"If I Had a Hammer"
1963 "Puff, The Magic Dragon" Moving
"Big Boat"
"Settle Down (Goin' Down That Highway)"
"A'soalin'" In the Wind
"Blowin' in the Wind"
"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"
"Stewball"
1964 "Tell It on the Mountain" Peter, Paul and Mary in Concert
"Oh, Rock My Soul"
"The Times They Are A-Changin'"
1965 "For Lovin' Me" A Song Will Rise
"When the Ship Comes In"
"San Francisco Bay Blues"
"Early Morning Rain" See What Tomorrow Brings
1966 "Cruel War" Album
"Hurry Sundown"
"The Other Side of This Life"
"For Baby (For Bobbie)"
1967 "I Dig Rock and Roll Music" Album 1700 Peter, Paul and Mary in Japan
"Too Much of Nothing"
1968 "Love City (Postcard from Duluth)" Late Again
1969 "Day is Done" Peter, Paul and Mommy
"Leaving on a Jet Plane"
"The Marvelous Toy"
1970 The Best of Peter, Paul and Mary
1978 Reunion
1983 Such is Love
1986 No Easy Walk to Freedom
1988 A Holiday Celebration
1990 Flowers and Stones
1993 Peter, Paul & Mommy, Too
1995 LifeLines
1996 LifeLines Live
1998 Around the Campfire The Collection
1999 Songs of Conscience and Concern
2004 In These Times Carry It On
2005 The Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary
2008 The Solo Recordings
2010 The Prague Sessions
2014 Discovered: Live in Concert

Songs[]

In alphabetical order:[]

#

  • 24 Green Street
  • 500 Miles
  • 75 Septembers

A

  • All God's Critters
  • All Mixed Up
  • All My Trials
  • All Through the Night
  • And When I Die
  • Apologize
  • A'soalin'
  • Autumn to May

B

  • Babylon/Oh Sinner Man
  • Ballad of Spring Hill
  • Bamboo
  • Because All Men Are Brothers
  • Be Right Back
  • Best of Friends
  • Betty & Dupree
  • Big Boat
  • Blowin' in the Wind
  • Boa Constrictor
  • Bob Dylan's Dream
  • Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
  • But a Moment
  • By Surprise

C

  • Cactus in a Coffee Can
  • Christmas Dinner
  • Come and Go with Me
  • Coming of the Roads
  • Cruel War

D

  • Danny's Downs
  • Day is Done
  • Deportee
  • Dodi Li
  • Don't Laugh at Me
  • Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

E

  • Early in the Morning
  • Early Morning Rain
  • El Salvador
  • Eugene McCarthy For President (If You Love Your Country)

F

  • Fair Ireland
  • Flora
  • For Baby (For Bobbie)
  • Forever Young
  • For Lovin' Me
  • For the Love of it All
  • Freight Train

G

  • Garden Song
  • Geraldine and Ruthie Mae
  • Gilgarra Mountain
  • Give Yourself to Love
  • Going to the Zoo
  • Golden Vanity
  • Gone the Rainbow
  • Greenland Whale Fisheries
  • Greenwood

H

  • Have You Been to Jail for Justice?
  • Home is Where the Heart Is
  • House of the Rising Sun
  • Hurry Sundown
  • Hush-a-Bye
  • Hymn

I

  • I Dig Rock And Roll Music
  • I'd Rather Be in Love
  • If I Had a Hammer
  • If I Had My Way
  • If I Had Wings
  • I Have A Song To Sing, O!
  • If I Were Free
  • I'm in Love with a Big Blue Frog
  • I Need Me to Be for Me
  • Invisible People
  • It Ain't Me Babe
  • It's Magic
  • It's Raining
  • I Shall Be Released

J

  • Jane, Jane
  • Jesus is On the Wire
  • Jimmy Whalen

K

  • Kisses Sweeter Than Wine

L

  • Leatherwing Bat
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
  • Lemon Tree
  • Light One Candle
  • Like the First Time
  • Listen Mr. Bilbo (Mr. Bigot)
  • Little Ship
  • Long Chain On
  • Love City (Postcards to Duluth)

M

  • Make-Believe Town
  • Man Come into Egypt
  • Mi Caballo Blanco
  • Midnight Special
  • Mockingbird
  • Moments of Soft Persuasion
  • Monday Morning
  • Mon Vrai Destin
  • Morning Train
  • Motherless Child
  • Ms. Rheingold

N

  • No Choice
  • No Easy Walk to Freedom
  • No Man's Land
  • No Other Name
  • Norman Normal

O

  • Of This World
  • Oh, Had I a Golden Thread
  • Old Coat
  • Old Enough (Ode to an Aging Rocker)
  • On a Desert Island (With You in My Dreams)

P

Q

  • Quit Your Low Down Ways

R

  • Reason to Believe
  • Rich Man, Poor Man
  • Right Field
  • River of Jordan
  • Rocky Road
  • Rolling Home

S

  • San Francisco Bay Blues
  • Semper Fi
  • September Song
  • Settle Down (Goin' Down That Highway)
  • She Dreams
  • Show the Way
  • Sometime Lovin'
  • Some Walls
  • Sorrow
  • Spacesuits
  • State of the Heart
  • Stewball
  • Summer, Highland Falls
  • Sweet Survivor

T

  • Take the Chance
  • Talkin' Candy Bar Blues
  • Tell It on the Mountain
  • The Cuckoo
  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  • The Good Times We Had
  • The Great Mandella (The Wheel of Life)
  • The Great Storm is Over
  • The House Song
  • The Kid
  • The King of Names
  • The Last Thing On My Mind
  • The Love in You
  • The Marvelous Toy
  • The Other Side of This Life
  • There's Anger in the Land
  • The Rising of the Moon
  • The Song is Love
  • The Unicorn Song
  • This Land is Your Land
  • This Train
  • Tiny Sparrow
  • Too Much of Nothing
  • Tramp on the Street
  • Tryin' to Win

U

  • Union Maid

V

  • Very Last Day

W

  • Wanderin' / Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
  • Wasn't That a Time
  • Wayfaring Stranger
  • Weave Me the Sunshine
  • Weep For Jamie
  • We Shall Not Be Moved
  • Whatshername
  • Which Side Are You On?
  • Well, Well, Well
  • When the Ship Comes In
  • Where Have All the Flowers Gone
  • Whispered Words
  • With Your Face to the Wind (Harriet's Song)

Y

  • Yesterday's Tomorrow
  • You Can Tell the World
  • You Gotta Go Down and Join the Union
  • Yuppies in the Sky

By album:[]

Peter, Paul and Mary

  • Early in the Morning
  • 500 Miles
  • Sorrow
  • This Train
  • Bamboo
  • It's Raining
  • If I Had My Way
  • Cruel War
  • Lemon Tree
  • If I Had a Hammer
  • Autumn to May
  • Where Have All the Flowers Gone

Moving

In the Wind

  • Very Last Day
  • Hush-a-Bye
  • Long Chain On
  • Rocky Road
  • Tell It on the Mountain
  • Polly Von
  • Stewball
  • All My Trials
  • Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  • Freight Train
  • Quit Your Low Down Ways
  • Blowin' in the Wind

A Song Will Rise

  • When the Ship Comes In
  • Jimmy Whalen
  • Come and Go with Me
  • Gilgarra Mountain
  • Ballad of Spring Hill (Spring Hill Disaster)
  • Motherless Child
  • Wasn't That a Time
  • Monday Morning
  • The Cuckoo
  • San Francisco Bay Blues
  • Talkin' Candy Bar Blues
  • For Lovin' Me

See What Tomorrow Brings

  • If I Were Free
  • Betty & Dupree
  • The Rising of the Moon
  • Early Mornin' Rain
  • Jane, Jane
  • Because All Men Are Brothers
  • Hangman
  • Brother, (Buddy) Can You Spare a Dime?
  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  • Tryin' to Win
  • On a Desert Island (With You in My Dreams)
  • The Last Thing On My Mind

Album

  • And When I Die
  • Sometime Lovin'
  • Pack Up Your Sorrows
  • The King of Names
  • For Baby (For Bobbie)
  • Hurry Sundown
  • The Other Side of This Life
  • The Good Times We Had
  • Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
  • Norman Normal
  • Mon Vrai Destin
  • Well, Well, Well

Album 1700

  • Rolling Home
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
  • Weep For Jamie
  • No Other Name
  • The House Song
  • The Great Mandella (The Wheel of Life)
  • I Dig Rock And Roll Music
  • If I Had Wings
  • I'm in Love with a Big Blue Frog
  • Whatshername
  • Bob Dylan's Dream
  • The Song is Love

Late Again

  • Apologize
  • Moments of Soft Persuasion
  • Yesterday's Tomorrow
  • Too Much of Nothing
  • There's Anger in the Land
  • Love City (Postcards to Duluth)
  • She Dreams
  • Hymn
  • Tramp on the Street
  • I Shall Be Released
  • Reason to Believe
  • Rich Man, Poor Man

Peter, Paul and Mommy

  • The Marvelous Toy
  • Day is Done
  • Leatherwing Bat
  • I Have A Song To Sing, O!
  • All Through the Night
  • It's Raining
  • Going to the Zoo
  • Boa Constrictor
  • Make-Believe Town
  • Mockingbird
  • Christmas Dinner
  • Puff, the Magic Dragon

Reunion

  • Summer Highland Falls
  • Best of Friends
  • Sweet Survivor
  • The Unicorn Song
  • I Need Me to Be for Me
  • Like the First Time
  • Ms. Rheingold
  • By Surprise
  • Forever Young

No Easy Walk to Freedom

  • Weave Me the Sunshine
  • Right Field
  • I'd Rather Be in Love
  • State of the Heart
  • No Easy Walk to Freedom
  • Greenland Whale Fisheries
  • Whispered Words
  • El Salvador
  • Greenwood
  • Light One Candle

Flowers and Stones

  • All Mixed Up
  • It Ain't Me Babe
  • Golden Vanity
  • Listen Mr. Bilbo (Mr. Bigot)
  • No Man's Land
  • Danny's Downs
  • With Your Face to the Wind (Harriet's Song)
  • Yuppies in the Sky
  • Coming of the Roads
  • Dodi Li
  • The Love in You
  • Fair Ireland
  • The Last Thing on My Mind
  • I Shall Be Released

LifeLines

  • The Kid
  • Wanderin' / Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
  • For the Love of it All
  • Home is Where the Heart Is
  • Babylon/Oh Sinner Man
  • House of the Rising Sun
  • Take the Chance
  • September Song
  • Old Enough (Ode to an Aging Rocker)
  • 24 Green Street
  • The Great Mandala (The Wheel of Life)
  • Deportee
  • 75 Septembers
  • But a Moment
  • River of Jordan

In These Times

  • Union Medley: You Gotta Go Down and Join the Union / Put It on the Ground / Union Maid / We Shall Not Be Moved / Which Side Are You On?
  • Have You Been to Jail for Justice?
  • Jesus is On the Wire
  • Don't Laugh at Me
  • Wayfaring Stranger
  • The Great Storm is Over
  • Invisible People
  • Of This World
  • Some Walls
  • All God's Critters
  • It's Magic
  • Oh, Had I a Golden Thread

Trivia[]

  • During the week of November 2, 1963, all three of Peter, Paul, & Mary's yet recorded albums (Peter, Paul and Mary, Moving, and In the Wind) were among the top 6 on the Billboard 200 chart, at #2, #6, and #1, respectively. This is the first and only time that all of a single artist's albums, of at least three, have simultaneously occurred this highly on the chart.

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