Peter Yarrow was born on May 31, 1938, Noel Paul Stookey was born on December 30, 1937 and Mary Travers was born on November 9, 1936. In the early 60’s they formed the super folk group of the decade.
Their first album in 1962, “Peter, Paul & Mary” was on the best seller charts for three full years and gave them their first hit single, “Lemon Tree” along with the top ten single “If I Had a Hammer”.
A year later “Puff The Magic Dragon” peaked at #2, as did “Blowin’ In The Wind,” “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” also landing in the top ten of the Hit Parade.
In 1967 “I Dig Rock And Roll Music” gave them another top ten hit and in 1969. “Leaving On A Jet Plane” returned Peter, Paul & Mary to the top of the singles chart with a song written by John Denver. It was followed by “Day is Done” in the same year.
Mary Travers died on September 16, 2009 from complications arising from chemotherapy. She was 72 years old.
Peter, Paul and Mary was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999 and in 2006 a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. They were inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2009.
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