Happy 75th Birthday, Peter Paul & Mary's Peter Yarrow!!!
Happy Birthday to Peter, Paul & Mary's Peter Yarrow, who turns 75 today (May 31st). Yarrow, the late Mary Travers, and Noel "Paul" Stookey, were known for their '60s folk hits such "Blowin' In The Wind," "Leaving On A Jet Plane," "Early Mornin' Rain," "I Dig Rock And Roll Music," "If I Had A Hammer," as "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" -- which Yarrow co-wrote -- and for their outspokenness during the decade's Civil Rights movement and the war in Vietnam.
Mary Travers died in 2009 at age 72. Travers, who had been battling Leukemia since 2004, died due to complications from chemotherapy for a bone-marrow transplant.
Yarrow told us that the '60s generation should be proud of itself for helping to right the various injustices that were taking place in country at that time: "This nation, it's not unlike the nation looking on itself and saying, 'Oh my God,' we're saying, 'With liberty and justice for all, as we pledge allegiance,' but look, you can't go to our nation's capitol and sit next to a person of color. It's against the law. There's a lynching once every three days in our country. What is that?' Well, that's the greatness of this nation. We rose up. We said, 'The scales have fallen from our eyes, we're gonna change this!'"
In 2006, Peter, Paul & Mary were honored in New York City at the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame, where they were presented with the prestigious Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award.
Peter Yarrow will next perform on June 7th in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania at Longwood Gardens.
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