In the 1960s, Greenwich Village was a crucible of creativity. Involvement in music was a matter of joyous discovery, not business. Everyone knew folk music was having an enormous impact in the Village, but was a couple of years away from being embraced on a national scale. Dozens of cultural and popular icons got their start in the Village's nightclub, theater, and coffeehouse scene during the 50s, 60s, and early 70s.
Today in Music History: December 20, 1969
"Peter, Paul and Mary are not only three of the greatest folk artists ever, but also three of the performing arts' most outstanding champions of social justice and peace. They have lent their time and talents to the Civil Rights Movement, labor struggles, and countless campaigns for human rights for decades, and their compassion and commitment remain as strong as their extraordinary artistry." [Source: Peter, Paul & Mary History]
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1960s publicity photo of the group
Peter, Paul & Mary: No American folk group has lasted longer or amassed a more loyal following than Peter, Paul and Mary; indeed, few groups of any genre have logged more years (45) or miles (countless) in direct, yearly touring; spreading the message and engaging the next (now four) generations.
Beginning with their debut at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village in 1961, Peter, Paul, and Mary launched a decade of recording songs that would bring socially conscious music to the mainstream. The group is now virtually synonymous with Folk music, but before Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, and Mary Travers came on the scene, McCarthyism had forced folk music from the likes of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie underground. A decade later, the trio had 11 albums and 12 hit singles, including classics such as "If I Had A Hammer" and "Leaving On A Jet Plane," firmly establishing themselves as the most successful Folk music group of all time.
1969 Peter Paul and Mary went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Leaving On A Jet Plane'. The song was written by John Denver in 1966 and most famously recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary. The original title of the song was "Babe, I Hate to Go" but Denver's then producer Milt Okun convinced him to change the title.No.1 singles on this day...
No. 1 Albums on This Day...
1969 The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their 10th release Let It Bleed, featuring 'Midnight Rambler', and 'You Can't Always Get What You Want'.
2008 Britney Spears went to No.1 on the US album chart with Circus, the singer's sixth studio album. Spears explained that the album's title has a double-edged meaning. It refers to both her life being a metaphorical circus, and also her fondness for the actual big-top show. She said: "I like the fact that you're always on the edge of your seat when you're at a circus... You're never bored. You're just really engulfed in what's going on around you. And you want to know what's going to happen next."
1962 The Osmonds appeared for the first time on the NBS-TV Andy Williams show. The brothers performed 'I'm A Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas'.
2012 Adele was named Billboard's top artist of 2012, while her hit record 21 was named top album of the year in the music magazine's annual review. The 24-year-old was the first to receive both accolades two years in a row and the honors for Adele came in a year which saw her win six Grammy awards and dominate the US charts. Her second album 21 went straight to No.1 when it was released in March 2011 and did not leave the top 10 until the beginning of September 2012, during that time, it spent 24 weeks at the top spot.
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...