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The most popular folk group of the s, Peter, Paul and Mary in later decades have also proved themselves to be among the most durable music acts in history. Their longevity dwarfs that of the Weavers , while the fact that the trio continues to be associated with a major record label Warner Bros. Then again, perhaps it isn't so surprising -- Peter, Paul and Mary 's roots run deeper than almost any other folk act one might care to name, while their appeal crosses audience lines that other acts couldn't and can't even approach. Peter, Paul and Mary were part of the s folk revival, but they can trace their roots and inspiration back to music and events from the late '40s, and the founding of the Weavers. In , the musical and political left had been galvanized behind the presidential campaign of former Vice President Henry Wallace and his running mate, Senator Glen Taylor. They subsequently found themselves with the top-selling record in the country, Goodnight Irene , and for the next two years, the Weavers entertained millions and brought folk music to the public consciousness in a new and vital way through recordings such as "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine. They broke up in late , but they left behind two seeds planted in American popular culture. One, deriving from their success, was a modest folk song revival, in some small clubs and especially on college campuses, mostly as entertainment; and the other, a byproduct of their blacklisting, was the coalescing of newly vital, very politically focused branch of folk music. The latter existed as an underground phenomenon, "apart" from a few relatively friendly locales such as New York City's Greenwich Village; it was invisible to most Americans, but it provided a modest living for older performers, and drew and nurtured new, younger talent. The entertainment branch manifested itself in the guise of acts like the Easy Riders and their younger successors the Kingston Trio , the Limeliters , the Brothers Four , and the Highwaymen , trios and quartets of male singers who brought a smooth veneer to the music.
Peter, Paul and Mary was one of the most successful folk music groups of the s. Robeson sang her lullabies. Travers left school in the 11th grade to become a member of the Song Swappers folk group. The Song Swappers sang backup for Pete Seeger on four reissue albums in , when Folkways Records reissued a collection of Seeger's pro-union folk songs, "Talking Union". Travers regarded her singing as a hobby and was shy about it, but was encouraged by fellow musicians. The group Peter, Paul and Mary was formed in , and was an immediate success. They shared a manager, Albert Grossman , with Bob Dylan. Top 30 four months after its release.
One of the most enduring acts in American music, Peter Paul And Mary both defined and transcended the s folk revival. The trio's passionate commitment to peace and social justice made them the conscience of an era as they soulfully communicated political concerns through music in an unprecedented way. At the same time that they reached millions with their social message, they acheived phenomenal mass popularity. Skip to main content. Used: Very Good Details. Sold by Zoverstocks. Condition: Used: Very Good. Comment: All Discs are inspected and guaranteed.