Peter Yarrow

portrait of Peter Yarrow
Photo by Phil Konstantin, 20 November 2008

Born: 31 May 1938, New York City

Yarrow's parents were named Yaroshevitz when they arrived at Providence, Rhode Island from Ukraine. Yarrow attended New York's High School of Music and Art (now LaGuardia High School), then graduated from Cornell University in 1959 before returning to New York. He started singing with Mary Travers in December 1960, soon to be joined by Noel Paul Stookey, creating Peter, Paul and Mary. Their eponymous first album was released in 1962, galvanizing the folk music revival. The group recorded and toured extensively through the rest of the decade. While working on Eugene McCarthy's presidential campaign in 1968, Yarrow met the candidate's niece, Mary Beth McCarthy, and they married in October of 1969. Yarrow was involved in founding the New Folks Concert series at the Newport Folk Festival, wrote songs for other performers, and produced three TV specials based on "Puff the Magic Dragon" for CBS. In 1978 he organized Survival Sunday, an anti-nuclear benefit concert at the Hollywood Bowl, and invited Stookey and Travers to join him in the performance, which went well enough that the band reformed and returned to both recording and touring until Travers' health issues interrupted their schedule and finally ended with her death. Yarrow also performs, as Peter, Bethany and Rufus, with his daughter Bethany and cellist Rufus Cappadocia. He has organized protests and benefits for civil rights and peace throughout his adult life. He created the Don't Laugh at Me (DLAM) programs, three youth education programs to lessen humiliation and bullying in schools. The materials are distributed by Operation Respect, a non-profit he has devoted most of his time to for the last ten years.

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