Back in the early 1960s folk music was in its heyday. No trio of folk singers was more popular than Peter, Paul and Mary.
It was a turbulent time and many folk signers followed in the footsteps of activist Woody Gutherie. Their songs were often representative of the social commentary of the 1960s, put to music.
The trio of Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey and Mary Travers released their debut album in 1961 simply titled Peter, Paul & Mary. The album contained famous songs like If I Had A Hammer, and Where Have All The Flowers Gone?, both written by Pete Seeger. That album made it to the Billboard Magazine Top Ten for 10 months, including seven weeks in the No. 1 position. It remained a top seller for decades, eventually selling over two million copies, earning double platinum certification from the Recording Recording Industry Association of America.
Their popularity continued to grow with songs like Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind. In 1963 the group released "Puff, the Magic Dragon", which was a poem written by Leonard Lipton and put to music by Yarrow. Despite the long held belief that the song was about smoking marijuana, it is actually about the lost innocence of childhood.
In December 1969 they recorded a song written by John Denver, “Leaving on a Jet Plane" with Travers leading the vocals. It became their only #1 Billboard Hot 100 single and last of their top 40 hits.
In 1970, they won a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children for their album Peter, Paul and Mommy. The trio was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. Peter, Paul and Mary also has received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.
Mary Travers died in 2009. Yarrow and Stookey continued as a duo after Traver’s death.
Today’s video, Blowin’ in the Wind, shows how a simple production of two guitars and three harmonious voices can result in a great musical experience.
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