Peter Yaro of Peter, Paul and Mary group reviewed

Peter Yaro at 74 played a benefit performance for the Brooklyn Waldorf School in
Bedford-Stuyvesant. He is known for his benefit work. He did all the big hits. Puff the Magic Dragon, Blowin in the Wind, Leaving on a Jet Plane, This land is your land, If I Had a Hammer, Don’t Laugh At Me, We shall not be moved and Let it shine. He co-wrote Torn Between Two Lovers”, a number one hit for Mary McGregor. They helped Bob Dylan’s song Blowin on the wind The Youtube versions are below.
The song Puff the Magic Dragon was thought to be about drugs due to the words, puff, dragon meaning draggin and Jackie Paper referring to rolling paper. The group denied that was their purpose.

At the Brooklyn Waldorf School Dozens of little kids were on the floor running around and making noise. A dozen times Yaro said we need some quiet. He stopped a few times asking the adults to stand up as he was hinting to quiet the kids. The only chorus was the kids crying. He was going to take an intermission but his singer who is his daughter whispered to him and probably talked him of it. He then had the kids come on stage and sing with him.
The kids being on the stage quieted them a bit but some kids played with his guitar and a mic stand, jumping up and down in the background not purposefully but not aware of how to act at a concert or in part it was the parents fault. The school had a few complaints to quiet them and did nothing. He may have been working for free to raise money for them and they did not help.

Yaro was member of Peter, Paul and Mary group. They sang at the 1969 March on Washington, which Mr. Yarrow helped to organize. He is also a political activist and has lent his support to causes that range from opposition to the Vietnam War , civil rights and to the creation of Operation Respect. Though the group’s activism provoked a steady stream of death threats, they were never harmed.

On behalf of Operation Respect, Yarrow has appeared, pro bono, in areas as diverse as Hong Kong, Vietnam, Bermuda, Croatia, South Africa, Egypt, Argentina and Canada. In all, the program has been presented to many educational leaders and more than 10 million children. In some form, the project has reached nearly ⅓ of all elementary and middle schools in America; at least 20,000 schools, in all.
Yarrow was instrumental in founding the New Folks Concert series at both the Newport Folk Festival and the Kerrville Folk Festival.

In a response to bullying In an effort to combat school violence, Yarrow helped start Operation Respect, which brings to children, in schools and camps, a curriculum of tolerance and respect for each other’s differences. Founded in 2000, Operation Respect is a non-profit organization designed to promote civility and conflict resolution into the curriculum of U.S. schools on a nationwide basis

These programs make use of music and video along with curriculum guides based on highly regarded conflict resolution curricula developed by the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP) of Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR).
Presidential candidate Senator Eugene McCarthy niece he married. He performed at John Kerry’s wedding. President Carter granted him clemency for taking improper liberties with a fan.
Today his daughter Bethany Yarrow, who is also a musician, often performs together. Together with cellist Rufus Cappadocia, they form the trio Peter, Bethany and Rufus.

Leaving On A Jet Plane

Puff the Magic Dragon

Where have all the flowers gone?

Blowin’ in the Wind


If I Had a Hammer
became an anthem for racial equality with phrases: A hammer of justice, A bell of freedom and a song about love between my brothers and my sisters. Between Two Lovers

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