Having just celebrated their 50th anniversary together, Grammy-winners Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey carry on the proud tradition of the 1960s iconic folk-singing trio Peter, Paul & Mary.
Without their beloved Mary, Peter and Noel Paul continue to perform as a duo, singing many of the group's classic hits, including "If I Had a Hammer," "Blowin' in the Wind," "Puff (The Magic Dragon)," "I Dig Rock & Roll Music," and "Leaving on a Jet Plane."
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Peter Yarrow was born in New York City in 1938. His singing career began after receiving a psychology degree from Cornell University. Upon graduating, he went to Greenwich Village, where he met up with Noel Stookey and Mary Travers. Albert Grossman, the trio's manager, assembled and encouraged the group. After rehearsing for seven months, the trio was ready to make their public debut. In 1961 they performed in the Greenwich Village coffeehouse Bitter End. This eventually led to other dates in folk clubs in Chicago and San Francisco. After rousing success at the Blue Angel nightclub in New York, the group began a national tour which lasted almost ten years.
While on tour the group recorded many songs and albums. In 1962, Warner Brothers Records released their first album, Peter, Paul & Mary. The album remained in the Top Ten for ten months, in the Top 20 for two years, and sold more than two million copies. One year later, the trio had three albums on the charts which included the hits "Puff the Magic Dragon," written by Peter Yarrow and Leonard Lipton, and "Blowin' in the Wind," which was written by Bob Dylan. In 1963, the trio was also living their songs, performing at fund-raisers, demonstrations and teach-ins in the anti-Vietnam War crusade. Peter Yarrow helped organize the March on Washington in 1969 that featured Peter, Paul & Mary.