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Peter, Paul, and Mary


Peter, Paul and Mary first stepped onto the stage together at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village in the fall of 1961. Three folk singers with individual careers - Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers - suddenly as a trio had a sound stronger than any of them alone. Within a few months they recorded their first eponymous album for Warner Brothers. It went to the top of the charts in the summer of 1962 and stayed there. The hit single was Pete Seeger's and Lee Hayes' "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)." Their second album Movin' produced their next hit single, "Puff the Magic Dragon," but it was Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind," released in the summer of 1963, that gave them their third Top 10 best seller. The three of them eventually went their separate ways but have gotten together for a number of tours and a few albums in the last decade.

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