Peter Yarrow

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Peter Yarrow, 2008

Peter Yarrow (born May 31, 1938 in New York ) is an American singer and member of the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, which was particularly successful in the 1960s . Yarrow co-wrote the group's most famous song, Puff, the Magic Dragon (1962) with Leonard Lipton . In addition, he has always been politically active, for example against the Vietnam War.


Yarrow's parents were Jewish immigrants from Ukraine who changed the family name from “Yaroshevitz” to “Yarrow”. Peter Yarrow has been married to Mary Beth McCarthy, niece of former presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy , since October 1969 . They have two grown children.

In 2000 he founded “Operation Respect”, a project for the education and support of children in countries such as Vietnam, South Africa and Argentina.

Peter, Paul and Mary continued to perform together until Mary Travers' death , but Yarrow also appears with his daughter Bethany Yarrow, who is also a musician.


Solo albums

  • 1972 Peter
  • 1973 That's Enough For Me
  • 1975 Hard Times
  • 1975 love song

Peter, Bethany and Rufus

  • 2008 Puff & Other Family Classics


  • Puff, the Magic Dragon , by Peter Yarrow, Lenny Lipton, Eric Puybaret (illustration), Sterling, 2007
  • The Peter Yarrow Songbook: Favorite Folk Songs , by Peter Yarrow, Terry Widener (Illustration), Sterling, 2008
  • The Peter Yarrow Songbook: Sleepytime Songs , by Peter Yarrow, Terry Widener (Illustration), Sterling, 2008

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