Eight Classic Peter, Paul, and Mary Songs
Mary Travers brought a soaring alto voice and a striking physical beauty to the folk scene when Peter, Paul, and Mary formed in 1961. Here are just some of our favorite tracks.
If I Had Hammer
The song that made Peter, Paul, and Mary famous, “If I Had a Hammer” was written by Pete Seeger, and appeared on their 1962 debut album.
Blowin’ in the Wind
Not many people realize it wasn’t Bob Dylan who made this song a civil-rights anthem—it was Peter, Paul, and Mary, whose version sold 300,000 copies in its first two weeks of release. Here’s the trio performing the song live, in 1964.
The Day Is Done
From a more innocent time—musically, anyway—Peter, Paul, and Mary perform live with the Smothers Brothers, Donovan, and, ultimately, the entire audience.
Puff the Magic Dragon
What became a classic children’s song was written in the 1960s, but despite the word “puff,” contained no drug references, a fact Peter Yarrow, the co-writer with Leonard Lipton, jokes about in this performance.
Leaving on a Jet Plane
It was written by John Denver, but it was a No. 1 hit for Peter, Paul, and Mary, who released the single in 1969. It was the group’s only single ever to top the charts.
The Times They Are A-Changin’
An early BBC recording of the Bob Dylan classic. It was never a pop hit, but it was a staple of the group’s live performances.
Where Have All the Flowers Gone
This Pete Seeger song has been recorded by everyone from The Kingston Trio to Dolly Parton, but Peter, Paul, and Mary made it famous. It appeared on their first album.
This Land Is Your Land
In 1990, almost 40 years after the group first formed, here’s Peter, Paul, and Mary singing arguably the most famous folk song in American songwriting history, written by Woody Guthrie.
Bonus: 1964 Interview in Sydney, Australia
ABC News just released this extraordinary footage: the group in Sydney, Australia, explaining to an interviewer why they will never sing anything but folk music, the style that would make them a worldwide draw for nearly 50 years.