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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. 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) & 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 Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Grammies.

Track listing[]

Side one

  1. "Early in the Morning" (Noel "Paul" Stookey[5])
  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[]

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


  • Musical Director - Milton Okun
  • Cover Design - Milton Glaser
  • Producer - Albert Grossman
  • Recording Engineer - Bill Schwartau
  • Cover Photo - Bernard Cole
  • Cover Photographed at The Bitter End, New York City
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

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