50 Years With Peter, Paul And Mary (DVD) By Peter, Paul And Mary

June 19, 2017

Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, and Mary Travers, better known as Peter, Paul & Mary, sold tens-of-millions of records during the early 1960’s pre-Beatles era and enjoyed a career that lasted until Mary’s death in 2009.

The trio formed in 1961 and they quickly became an important part of the folk revival movement. Their smooth style helped to make folk music a part of the American musical consciousness. Their early hits, “Blowin’ In The Wind” and “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” introduced Bob Dylan to the American public.

50 Years With Peter, Paul & Mary is a retrospective of their career as seen through concert footage, news clips, and interviews. Most of their well-known songs are presented. There is early footage from a long-lost BBC program, the famous performance of “Blowin’ In The Wind” at the 1965 Martin Luther King march on Washington, the poignant farewell to Mary Travers nostalgic memorial, and everything in between.

They are forever linked with the Civil Rights and Anti-War movement. Today their songs such as “Puff (The Magic Dragon),” “If I Had A Hammer,” “Leavin’ On A Jet Plane,” and “Stewball” may seem a little quaint and may have lost some of their impact but they are a reminder of a simpler era of the early 1960’s that quickly changed to a far more complicated one by the end of the decade.

The video and sound tend to of varying quality depending upon the date and whether it was originally meant for general release.  Everything has been cleaned up as much as modern technology allows but much of it is still not up to the standards of the day.

There are probably better instructions to their music such as any of their compilation releases or any 0f their early 1960 albums. However, if you want to understand their career, then 50 Years With Peter, Paul And Mary is a good place to start.

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Puff The Magic Dragon by Peter, Paul and Mary

February 14, 2013

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Peter, Paul and Mary were important figures in the 1960s folk revival movement. They had a smooth pop sound, which was perfect for AM radio play at the time. They were closer to the mainstream than many of their folk contemporaries and as such introduced folk music to a vast new audience.

“Puff The Magic Dragon” of “Puff” was a song that many people associated with the drug culture. The trio always insisted it was just a simple song.

It was released during early 1963 and peaked at number two on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Hot 100.

Peter, Paul, and Mary were one of the most commercially successful folk artists of all time selling tens of millions of albums and having 20 of their singles reach the pop charts.


Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right 45 by Peter, Paul and Mary

June 25, 2011

Mary Travers, Paul Stookey, and Peter Yarrow helped to change the face of folk music during the 1960s. They sold tens of millions of albums and had 20 singles make the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE during the decade.

They were a folk group but were able to fuse a pop sound to their music which moved it into the mainstream and enabled them to to have outstanding commercial success.

“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” was their second single in a row to cover a Bob Dylan composition. Their recording of his “Blowin’ In The Wind” during the summer of 1963 was a huge hit and brought Dylan fame as a songwriter.

They returned Septemeber 14, 1963 with “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” Their slick hamonies propelled the song to number nine on The American Singles Charts.

While they would continue to issue Bob Dylan tunes as singles, none would make the top 30.


Blowin’ In The Wind 45 by Peter, Paul & Mary

December 1, 2010

Peter, Paul, & Mary were an important and influential folk group back in the early sixties. Folk music had a difficult time breaking into the mainstream due to its message and the rawness of its presentation. Peter, Paul & Mary changed all that by giving it a pop sheen which made it perfect for massive radio airplay.

Their version of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind” was a huge hit during the summer of 1963. Not only did it bring folk music and a classic folk song into the musical mainstream but it gave Bob Dylan massive exposure as the writer of the song. It would reach number two on The American singles charts. They would record another Dylan composition, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” as their follow up, and it went top ten as well.

Peter, Paul & Mary would remain one of folk’s best and lasting groups, remaining active until Mary Traver’s recent passing.

“Blowin’ In The Wind” remains a signature song of the early sixties.


Leaving On A Jet Plane 45 by Peter, Paul and Mary

November 13, 2009

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Peter, Paul & Mary helped to popularize folk music. They brought a smoothness and gloss to traditional folk music that ushered it into the mainstream. They sold tens of millions of albums during the 1960’s and had twenty chart singles.

“Puff The Magic Dragon” and “Blowing In The Wind” would both reach the number two position on the American singles charts but their only number one hit would be the John Denver penned “Leaving On A Jet Plane.” Issued in 1969 it would also be the last hit of their career even though they would continue to perform until Mary Travers death in 2009.

This gentle song of loss was in stark contrast to the music that was dominating the late sixties and in many ways was a goodbye to a simplier era.

While “Leaving On A Jet Plane” sounds a little dated today it remains an excellent example of their fusion of a pop/rock sound that proved so successful and influential.