Peter, Paul and Mary (album)

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Peter, Paul and Mary
Peter, Paul and Mary
Studio album by Peter, Paul and Mary
Released May 1962
Genre Folk
Length 33:14
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Albert Grossman
Peter, Paul and Mary chronology
Peter, Paul and Mary
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Peter, Paul and Mary is the first album by 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.

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

Track listing[edit]

Side One

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


Preceded by
Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music
by Ray Charles
Billboard 200 number-one album (mono)
October 20, 1962 - November 30, 1962
Succeeded by
My Son, the Folk Singer by Allan Sherman
Preceded by
My Son, the Nut by Allan Sherman
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 26, 1963 - November 1, 1963
Succeeded by
In the Wind by Peter, Paul and Mary
  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Official Peter, Paul & Mary Website, "Early In The Morning" Credits & Lyrics