Peter, Paul & Mary return to The Orleans

May 16, 2001 3:10 AM

Peter, Paul & Mary return Thursday-Sunday to the showroom in The Orleans Hotel & Casino at 8 p.m. Tickets priced at $59.95, $69.95, $79.95 plus tax, are available by calling The Orleans Showroom box office at (702) 365-7075.

It was almost 39 years ago that these three folk singers combined talents and made their debut at Greenwich Village’s Bitter End Coffee House. With many albums, Grammy awards and esteemed television shows behind them, they continue to embrace the family of folk music, singing new songs written by the "old soul" poets of today as well as traditional ballads drawn from the great folk heritage they still honor and enjoy.

The trio’s success was marked in 1962 with their debut on Warner Brother Records. The Peter, Paul and Mary album brought folk music to the vast American public and to the top of the charts. As Billboard Magazine noted, "It became an instant classic. The album was in the Top 10 for months, remained in the Top 20 for two years, and did not drop off the Hot 100 albums charts until 3½ years after its release." By 1970, the trio had earned eight gold and five platinum albums.

That same year, needing some time for personal growth, the group disbanded and each member began pursuing individual interests. Paul Stookey’s spiritual commitment led him to pen "The Wedding Song," and he created a multi-media organization that is still involved in a variety of children’s computers, television and music projects. Mary Travers recorded five albums, produced, wrote and starred in a BBC television series, lectured and concretized across the country. Peter concentrated on political activism and solo music projects and also co-wrote and produced the No. 2 hit for Mary McGregor.