Doug Jayne Remembers Peter, Paul and Mary on Tuesday, January 13 at 1pm on 91 FM. Later that night, watch, 50 Years of Peter, Paul and Mary on KRCB TV22 at 8 pm. It seemed like there was always music playing from the house in La Habra , CA that I grew up in. My father, David had a high end stereo system: a glowing power amp, a reel to reel deck, and a pair of speakers, each as big as a large safe. He had a record collection full of big bands, vocalists, and crazy stereo demonstration albums. Most of my mother, Evelyn’s music was played on a small radio. Her taste was what she called, “hillbilly”: Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Marty Robbins and the like. But it was the music that my brother Dave (David Jr.) listened to that really got me. When he wasn’t home I would sneak into his room and look at his record collection, careful to not leave a trace of my intrusion. Dave had some Elvis, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly, but the music that I remember the most was Folk Music.
It was 1963 and we were smack dab in the middle of the 60’s Folk Era. One of the first folk songs I remember hearing was “Green Green” by The New Christy Minstrels:" Well, I told my Momma on the day I was born /Don't you cry when you see I'm gone/You know there ain't no woman gonna settle me down/ I just got to keep traveling on." I remember thinking, “That was one tough infant!” The Kingston Trio, Phil Ochs, Peter, Paul & Mary and Pete Seeger seemed to strike the same chord in my brother that Glenn Miller did for my dad or Patsy Cline did for my mom. As a nine year old, I didn’t understand the meanings of all the songs, but I enjoyed them. As an adult, I have a new appreciation for this music. I even recorded a CD of folk music!
We'll be revisiting the work of Peter, Paul, and Mary on my afternoon program, Tuesday, January 13 at 1pm. That night, on KRCB TV 22, you can watch 50 Years With Peter, Paul and Mary, featuring performances from throughout the folk trio's career, including a BBC appearance in the 1960s, are featured. Songs include "500 Miles," "Puff, the Magic Dragon," "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)" and "Blowin' in the Wind." Also: "Early Mornin' Rain"; "If I Had My Way"; "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"; "I Dig Rock and Roll Music"; "Day Is Done"; "Stewball"; "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"; "Leaving on a Jet Plane"; and "Tell It on the Mountain."