Paul Stookey Wedding Song There Is Love (Peter, Paul and Mary)

Every classic folk music fan knows the group Peter, Paul and Mary. Well, the “Paul” in the trio is Paul Stookey and the “Peter” in the trio is Peter Yarrow.

Paul Stookey – Wedding Song (There Is Love)

Well, when Peter Yarrow married Beth McCarthy in 1969, Paul Stookey wrote and performed a song as a gift for their wedding titled “Wedding Song (There Is Love)” (also known as “Wedding Song” and “The Wedding Song”).

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Well then what’s to be the reason for becoming man and wife
Is it love that brings you here, or love that brings you life
For if loving is the answer then who’s the giving for

“Wedding Song (There Is Love)” was later recorded in 1971 and put on his album Paul and. The song peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #3 on the Easy Listening chart.

Other popular versions of the song include Petula Clark in 1972 which peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1976, Captain & Tennille recorded “Wedding Song (There Is Love)” for their album Song of Joy.

The other cover that became popular was released in 1978 by Mary MacGregor and reached #23 on the Easy Listening Chart and #81 on the Billboard Hot 100.

+The group was comprised of tenor Peter Yarrow, baritone Paul Stookey, and contralto Mary Travers. They joined and performed through the 1960 and became widely popular.

In 1970 the trio decided to pursue solo careers. Then, they rejoined in 1981 and performed together until 2009 when Travers passed away from Leukemia.

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Get more song ideas on a list of folk music for weddings.

Peter, Paul and Mary Biggest Hits

  • #1 “Puff (The Magic Dragon)”, 1963
  • #1 “Blowin’ in the Wind”, 1963
  • #1 “Leaving on a Jet Plane”, 1969
  • #2 “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”, 1963
  • #4 “The Cruel War” , 1966
  • #5 “For Lovin’ Me”, 1965
  • #7 “Tell It on the Mountain”, 1964
  • #7 “Day Is Done”, 1969

Fun facts:

The song “Leaving on a Jet Plane” was written by John Denver. It was the trio’s only number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Blowin’ in the Wind ” was written by Bob Dylan. They collaborated on other songs too.

If you have a favorite Peter, Paul and Mary song, please share your song below in the comments with why it is special to you.

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