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One of the most recognizable and beloved folk groups from the 1960’s and 70’s, Peter, Paul and Mary was formed in New York City in 1961.

Prior to their partnership, Mary Travers (born on November 7, 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky) had been in the Broadway Music The Next President, Paul Stokey (born on December 30, 1937 in Baltimore, Maryland) had done TV work, and Peter Yarrow (born on May 31, 1938 in New York City), had worked at the Newport Folk Festival.

It was during this time that Yarrow met Albert Grossman who managed Bob Dylan and the Band. Gorssman suggested the idea of forming a trio influenced by the sound and style of the Weavers, the Kingston Trio and the Limeliters. Yarrow then approached Travers and Stokey joined shortly after. Working with arranger Milt Okun, the trio created a 3-part vocal sound that was both distinctive and harmonic. They made their Greenwich Village debut in 1961 and by early 1962, they had signed with Warner Bros. releasing the single “Lemon Tree” which rose to #35 on the pop charts.

The group’s clear sound and easy harmony, along with the social relevance of the songs, created a string of folk hits on the pop charts. In 1962, “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)” reached the top ten; “Puff (The Magic Dragon)” hit #2 in 1963; “Blowin’ in the Wind” (a cover of Bob Dylan’s hit) reached #2 in 1963; “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” another Dylan cover, was a 1963 top ten; “I Dig Rock and Roll Music,” #9 in 1967.

In 1969 the group had its only #1 it with a cover of the John Denver classic, “Leaving On a Jet Plane.”

The group disbanded in 1971 but reunited several times throughout the past 30 years. PP&M remain one of the most durable acts in history.

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American Quartet
Andrews Sisters
Louis Armstrong (Satchmo)
Fred Astaire
Chet Atkins
Gene Austin (Voice of the Southland)
Gene Autry
Nora Bayes
Brook Benton
Ben Bernie
Connee Boswell
Fanny Brice
Henry Burr
Cab Calloway
Glen Campbell
Albert Campbell
Carter Family (First Family of Country Music)
Enrico Caruso
Ray Charles
Patsy Cline
Larry Clinton
Rosemary Clooney
Nat Cole (King)
Arthur Collins
Perry Como
Bing Crosby
Bob Crosby
Frank Crumit
Vic Damone
Sammy Davis Jr.
Doris Day
Tommy Dorsey
Jimmy Dorsey
Cliff Edwards
Ruth Etting
Shep Fields
Eddie Fisher
Ella Fitzgerald
Tennessee Ernie Ford
Connie Francis
Aretha Franklin (Queen of Soul)
Lefty Frizzell
Jan Garber
Judy Garland
George J. Gaskin (The Silver Voice Irish Tenor)
Marvin Gaye
Benny Goodman (King of Swing)
Glen Gray
Byron G. Harlan
Marion Harris
Charles Harrison
Haydn Quartet
Dick Haymes
Horace Heidt
Woody Herman
Billie Holiday (Lady Day)
Whitney Houston
Eddy Howard
Ink Spots
Harry James
Lewis James
Al Jolson
Ada Jones
George Jones
Sammy Kaye
Hal Kemp
Wayne King (Waltz King)
Pee Wee King
Kay Kyser
Frankie Laine
Brenda Lee
Ted Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis (The Killer)
Guy Lombardo
Vincent Lopez
Harry MacDonough
Freddy Martin
Dean Martin
Johnny Mathis
John McCormack
Glenn Miller
Mills Brothers
Vaughn Monroe
Russ Morgan
Billy Murray (The Denver Nightingale)
J.W. Myers
Ozzie Nelson
Olivia Newton-John
George Olsen
Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Vess L. Ossman (The King of the Banjo)
Buck Owens
Patti Page
Minnie Pearl
Peerless Quartet
Peter, Paul & Mary
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Ray Price
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Dan Quinn
Leo Reisman
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Diana Ross
Ben Selvin
Artie Shaw
Nat Shilkret
Dinah Shore
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Bessie Smith (Empress of the Blues)
Sousa's Band
Len Spencer
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Jo Stafford
Frank Stanley
Kay Starr
Cal Stewart
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Ernest Tubb (Texas Troubadour)
Sophie Tucker
Van & Schenck
Walter Van Brunt
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Fred Waring
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Kitty Wells
Paul Whiteman
Margaret Whiting
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Andy Williams
Teddy Wilson
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