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Peter Paul and Mary Helping the Cause Over centuries music has been the universal voice that enables man not only to be entertained but also to peacefully speak out on a given cause Music is there to influence the moods and minds of disapproving or approving people Protest music played a large role in the expanded freedom of African Americans in the civil rights era and still plays an important part in the protests of today Among the numerous groups that sang out for the cause was Peter Paul and Mary Their music had a large influence during the civil rights era and continues to help and persuade the causes of today Peter Yarrow Paul Stooky and Mary Travers came together in a Greenwich Village during the early 1960s Stooky began as a stand-up comic in the village clubs and became a familiar figure in singing events At this time Mary Travers was exploring the music outlook when she met Stooky and Milt Okun She was previously known for her work in another band and was prepared to be a vocalist Okun was focusing on managing young talent but felt that a trio would be better than a duo Yarrow with his guitar and violin skills then met Stooky and the duo became a trio with help from Okun their manager Peter Paul and Mary Biography In 1962 after months of practicing and rehearsing Peter Paul and Mary produced their first debut album This arrangement of folk music immediately reached the top of the charts and the band became recognized for their hit singles Lemon Tree and If I Had a Hammer Their folk music became a big part of the protest movement and they sang out with lyrics such as Well I got a hammer And I got a bell And I got a song to sing all over this land Its the hammer of Justice Its
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