Peter, Paul and Mary (album)

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Peter, Paul and Mary
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Peter, Paul and Mary
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1962
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerAlbert Grossman
Peter, Paul and Mary chronology
Peter, Paul and Mary
Singles from Peter, Paul and Mary
  1. "Lemon Tree"
    Released: April 1962[1]
  2. "If I Had a Hammer"
    Released: July 1962[2]
  3. "500 Miles"
    Released: December 1962[3]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[4]

Peter, Paul and Mary is the first album by American music trio Peter, Paul and Mary, released in 1962 on Warner Bros. Records. Released in both mono and stereo on catalog no. 1449, It is one of the rare folk albums to reach US#1 - staying for over a month. The lead-off singles "If I Had a Hammer" and "Lemon Tree" reached numbers 10 and 35 respectively on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. It was the group's biggest selling studio album, eventually certified Double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. sales of more than two million copies.

The album was reissued as 180 Gram vinyl in 2016 under the Waxtime Label as #772125. The Waxtime issue has 3 Bonus tracks which are side 1 #7 - "One Kind of Favor (Live)", side 2 track #7 - "The Times They Are A' Changin' (Live)" and track #8 - "If I Had My Way (Live)".

At the Grammy Awards of 1963, their recording of "If I Had a Hammer" won the Best Folk Recording and Best Performance by a Vocal Group Grammies.

Track listing[edit]

Side one

  1. "Early in the Morning" (Noel "Paul" Stookey[5])
  2. "500 Miles" (Hedy West)
  3. "Sorrow" (Traditional. Arrangement by Noel Stookey, Peter Yarrow)
  4. "This Train" (Traditional. Arrangement by Peter Yarrow, Noel Stookey)
  5. "Bamboo" (Dave Van Ronk)
  6. "It's Raining" (Traditional. Arrangement by Paul Stookey, Peter Yarrow)

Side two

  1. "If I Had My Way" (Rev. Gary Davis)
  2. "Cruel War" (Peter Yarrow, Noel Stookey)
  3. "Lemon Tree" (Will Holt)
  4. "If I Had a Hammer" (Pete Seeger, Lee Hays)
  5. "Autumn to May" (Peter Yarrow, Noel Stookey)
  6. "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" (Pete Seeger)

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1962 Billboard Pop Albums (Billboard 200) 1