Every classic folk music fan (See our list of folk wedding songs) 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.
Well, when Peter Yarrow married Beth McCarthyin 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”).
“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 because popular was released in 1978 by Mary MacGregor which reached #23 on the Easy Listening chart and#81 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Peter, Paul and Mary Songs
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 decides to pursue solo careers. Then, they rejoined in 1981 and performed together until 2009 when Travers passed away from Leukemia.
Peter, Paul and Mary’s biggest hits (Adult Contemporary):
- #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
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 it below with why it is special to you.