They are friends because they all sing to each other
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Peter Paul & Mary made it to #12 on the Billboard Pop charts with their 1969 release Peter Paul And Mommy They also won the 1970 Grammy Award for Best Album For Children. [Full album ~35m, apologies for no playlist or full album link] Toy Side: The Marvelous Toy; Day Is Done; Leatherwing Bat; I Have A Song To Since, O!; All Through The Night, It's Raining posted by hippybear (15 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I used to have this on cassette, and I have found memories of listening to this. Puff isn't about drugs so don't even start.
posted by wheelieman at 10:21 PM on March 6 [1 favorite]

I was a big fan in the 60's. I attended their Austin concert in 1968 only days after the MLK assassination. Needless to say it was memorable...
posted by jim in austin at 10:47 PM on March 6 [3 favorites]

My mom would play this (on tape!) for us all the time on the kitchen clock radio/cassette player. Nostalgia! Unfortunately, I absolutely CANNOT listen to Puff the magic dragon without crying uncontrollably. It's my biggest weakness. Moving on before I start sobbing...

I had no idea there's a Grammy for children's music! Thanks so much, exploring some music will be a great way to keep my toddler active on this snowy day.
posted by Baethan at 4:02 AM on March 7

Love this album! We played it so much when my kids were little - and Baethan I have a similar reaction to Puff.
posted by leslies at 4:55 AM on March 7

One of my favorite albums. "Puff" also reduces me to a blubbering mess every time.

I saw PP&M at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, ME back in 1979 or 80. Peter Yarrow spent several minutes telling his side of the story about how "Puff" is NOT about smoking weed but how using the same reasoning that got people there, the Star Spangled Banner must be about snorting cocaine (O say, can you C...).

Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey are still touring together and will be playing in the Boston area (Cary Hall in Lexington) in November. It won't be the same without Mary Travers (RIP), but I am looking forward to going.
posted by briank at 5:23 AM on March 7 [2 favorites]

Thanks, hippybear. This album was in heavy rotation in baby pianoblack's house in the early 80s.

We're goin' to the zoo, zoo, zoo, how about you, you, you, you can come too, too, too, we're goin' to the zoo, zoo, zoo...
posted by pianoblack at 5:47 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]

Their appeal to both children & adults is only one of many things that makes PP&M legendary. They're right up there with Mr. Rogers and Jim Henson.

When I see my sister, all I have to do is sing "We're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo!" and she'll reply "How about you, you, you?" and we'll sing together "You can come too, too, too!
We're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo!"

My Facebook profile photo is of Peter, Paul and me, when I went to a local book signing a few years ago. Now I can't change the profile pic ever, oh well.
posted by Melismata at 6:41 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]

This briefly threw me, but I think I raised my kid on the 'sequel', entitled Peter, Paul and Mommy, Too.
posted by puddledork at 7:02 AM on March 7

"Leatherwing Bat" still gives me a thrill.
posted by Riverine at 7:08 AM on March 7

For whatever reason, when I was a kid The Marvelous Toy creeped me right the fuck out.

It first marched left and then marched right
Then marched under a chair
And when I looked where it had gone
It wasn't even there . . .

I started to cry, but my daddy laughed
'Cause he knew that I would find
When I turned around my "marvelous toy"
Would be chugging from behind

Nightmare fuel.
posted by The Bellman at 7:21 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]

I have been waiting six years for this post!

And It was totally worth the wait. Thank you so much, hippybear. :)
posted by zarq at 7:24 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]

Excuse me, but it seems I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor. And no, I don't like it very much. Oh no...
posted by lhauser at 7:52 AM on March 7 [2 favorites]

Puff isn't about drugs so don't even start.

But "Boa Constrictor" sure is.
posted by straight at 8:14 AM on March 7 [4 favorites]

"Puff" came out when I was 8 years old and my parents were warily pre-judging any non-specifically-for-children records I got. It passed, but so did "Tie Me Kangaroo Down" and all the Smothers Brothers comedy albums. So, I really let a lot slip under the radar without even knowing it...
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:07 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]

I haven't heard this album in... upwards of two decades? Loved it as a kid, went back from this post with trepidation figuring it probably hadn't aged well and that the stuff I thought was fantastic when I was young and innocent was just mediocre.

Nope, it's still got it. It's as good as I remember. Maybe better.
posted by jackbishop at 6:54 PM on March 7

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