Noel Paul Stookey - Paul Of "Peter, Paul And Mary". Talks About PP&M, Bob Dylan, John Denver, Greenwich Village And Much More!
Noel Paul Stookey is perhaps better known as Paul of the legendary trio “Peter, Paul And Mary”. They blazed a path in the 1960s and beyond blending folk music and social activism with memorable songs and wonderful harmonies, setting a level of accomplishment that has rarely been equaled. They earned six Top 10 hits - including "Blowin In The Wind" and "Leaving On A Jet Plane" - and 8 Gold albums, quite remarkable for a folk group.
Noel and I discuss the folk scene in Greenwich Village in the early 60s and all the remarkable future stars who were there including Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton, how PP&M burst on the scene with their first album, their participation in the 1963 March On Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King, and much more including Noel's long and highly regarded solo career post-PP&M. And of course we do a Songfest.
My featured song in this episode is “Cousins”. Spotify link here.
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In this episode Noel and I discuss:
- The Folk Music scene in the early 60s
- Greenwich Village
- The formation of Peter, Paul and Mary
- The 1963 March On Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King
- Their first album
- Finding songs
“Blowin’ In The Wind”
“Leavin’ On A Jet Plane”
“I Dig Rock And Roll Music”
“The Wedding Song (There Is Love)”
“In These Times”
“America The Beautiful”
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“All Of The Time” is Robert’s new single by his band Project Grand Slam. It’s a playful, whimsical love song. It’s light and airy and exudes the happiness and joy of being in love. The reviewers agree. Melody Maker gives it 5 Stars and calls it “Pure bliss…An intimate sound with abundant melodic riches!”. Pop Icon also gives it 5 Stars and calls it “Ecstasy…One of the best all-around bands working today!”. And Mob York City says simply “Excellence…A band in full command of their powers!” Watch the video here. You can stream “All Of The Time” on Spotify, Apple, Amazon or any of the other streaming platforms. And you can download it here.
“The Shakespeare Concert” is the latest album by Robert’s band, Project Grand Slam. It’s been praised by famous musicians including Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, Jim Peterik of the Ides Of March, Joey Dee of Peppermint Twist fame, legendary guitarist Elliott Randall, and celebrated British composer Sarah Class. The music reviewers have called it “Perfection!”, “5 Stars!”, “Thrilling!”, and “A Masterpiece!”. The album can be streamed on Spotify, Apple and all the other streaming services. You can watch the Highlight Reel HERE. And you can purchase a digital download or autographed CD of the album HERE.
“The Fall Of Winter” is Robert’s single in collaboration with legendary rocker Jim Peterik of the Ides Of March and formerly with Survivor. Also featuring renowned guitarist Elliott Randall (Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers) and keyboard ace Tony Carey (Joe Cocker/Eric Burden). “A triumph!” (The Indie Source). “Flexes Real Rock Muscle!” (Celebrity Zone). Stream it on Spotify or Apple. Watch the lyric video here. Download it here.
Robert’s “Follow Your Dream Handbook” is an Amazon #1 Bestseller. It’s a combination memoir of his unique musical journey and a step by step how-to follow and succeed at your dream. Available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.
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