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Peter Yarrow Net Worth

Peter Yarrow net worth is

$5 Million

Peter Yarrow Wiki Biography

Peter Yarrow was born on 31 May 1938, in Manhattan, New York City USA, of Ukranian-Jewish descent. Peter is a songwriter and singer, best known for being part of the 1960s trio, Peter, Paul and Mary. He co-wrote the hit song “Puff, the Magic Dragon”, but all of his endeavors have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Peter Yarrow? As of late-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $5 million, mostly earned through a successful career in the music industry. Aside from his music, he is also a political activist who has lent his support to many causes. He opposed the Vietnam War, and helped create Operation Respect. All of these achievements helped ensure the position of his wealth.

Peter Yarrow Net Worth $5 million

Peter attended the High School of Music in Art, matriculating as second in his class among males. He studied painting while at school, and later went to Cornell University studying a physics major, but then decided to switch, and graduated in 1969 with a degree in psychology. During his last year at Cornell, Peter started singing while part of an American Folk Literature course, discovering that he loved performing in front of an audience, and then later found other opportunities during weekends.

After graduating, Peter played for various folk clubs in New York City, and would then meet Albert Grossman while at the Newport Folk Festival. Grossman came to him with an idea to form a new group which led him to Mary Travers, who was already known for her folk singing prowess. However, she didn’t want to sing professionally so Yarrow had to convince her that their voices blended together. Mary then introduced him to Noel Paul Stookey, who would complete their trio. They rehearsed for around six months before debuting in 1961 at The Bitter End nightclub. They quickly developed a following and were given a contract by Warner Brothers. In 1962, they released their single “Lemon Tree” which was followed by their version of “If I Had a Hammer”. The song would win two Grammy Awards in the same year, so along with his colleagues, Yarrow’s net worth was established.

They then released their first, self-titles album, which would stay charted in the Top Ten for ten months, selling more than two million copies and actually being in the Top Twenty for two years. The group would then tour and record numerous albums. In 1963, they released the single “Blowin’ in the Wind” which sold 300,000 copies during the first week of its release, and would eventually sell over a million copies. In the same year, the trio appeared alongside the Reverend Martin Luther King.

A lot of the trio’s songs were written by Peter, including “Day is Done” and “Puff, the Magic Dragon”. In 1996, they earned an Emmy award nomination for their performances at the special “LifeLines Live”. Yarrow also helped co-write the Mary McGregor hit “Torn Between Two Lovers”. He helped found the New Folks Concert series, and also produced three CBS television specials based on “Puff, the Magic Dragon”. Today, Peter performs with his daughter and cellist Rufus Cappadocia. He was also part of the 2015 film “While We’re Young”. His net worth is still rising.

For his personal life, it is known that Yarrow married prominent politician Eugene McCarthy’s niece, Mary Beth McCarthy in 1969. They had two children but were divorced in 1981. He practices Judaism and according to him, it impacts his political views. He also mentions that he is a recovering alcoholic. He currently resides in Telluride, Colorado. His daughter Bethany Yarrow is a musician while his son Christopher is a visual artist.

Full Name Peter Yarrow
Net Worth $5 Million
Date Of Birth May 31, 1938
Place Of Birth Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Height 1.75 m
Profession Singer
Education Cornell University, The High School of Music & Art
Nationality American
Spouse Mary Beth McCarthy (m. 1969–1981)
Children Bethany Yarrow, Christopher Yarrow
Parents Bernard Yarrow, Vera Yarrow Wisebrode
Nicknames Yarrow, Peter , Peter , Peter Paul and Mary
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Peter-Yarrow-108853586257
Twitter https://twitter.com/peteryarrowppm
MySpace http://www.myspace.com/peterbethanyandrufus
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0946534/
Allmusic http://www.allmusic.com/artist/peter-yarrow-mn0000328649
Music Groups Peter, Paul and Mary
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation
Movies Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune, Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of the Living Lies, Puff the Magic Dragon, You Are What You Eat, Peter, Paul & Mary: Carry It On, A Musical Legacy
# Quote
1 [on ‘The March on Washington’, August 29, 1963] We sang ‘If I Had a Hammer’. They knew it and they sang. And the moment was created not by the three of us in a performance but by a quarter of a million people, gathering together and singing with us and saying, This moment belongs to us together. That’s what singing together can do…’Joyful’ doesn’t really describe it for me. It was like the physicalization of love. It was ecstatic perhaps, but it was not giddy and silly or ‘let’s have a good time’. It was a far deeper kind of joy. It went beyond joy. It was hard to describe, but it was the antithesis of fear, and it propelled us all into another channel in our lives.
2 [on the impact of ‘The March’] It changed the course of our lives. It gave us not only an internal sense of what we believed in being validated, but it gave us the sense of the community of commitment that was to change America. Not only in terms of African Americans, but to be able to say that ordinary human beings can gather together in large numbers, and if they gather together with heart and strength, they can change the course of history.
# Fact
1 Children with Mary Beth; Daughter, Bethany (b. 1971?), a documentary film maker and contemporary folk performer and son, Christopher (b. 1973?), shop owner The Monkey and the Rat at 131 N.W. Second Ave. Portland, OR.
2 His wife is the niece of Democratic senator and presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy.
3 He co-wrote the Mary MacGregor hit “Torn Between Two Lovers”.
4 His composition “Light One Candle” has been adopted as a hymn by the Unitarian-Universalist Association, and appears in their supplemental hymnal “Singing the Journey” (Hymn # 1021).
5 In 1982, he received the Allard K. Lowenstein Award (Park River Independent Democrats) for his “remarkable efforts in advancing the causes of human rights, peace and freedom.”
6 Co-founder of The Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, Texas, in 1972.
7 In 1965, Newsweek published an article claiming that “Puff, the Magic Dragon” was actually a song about drugs, containing secret code words: “Puff” = smoke; “lived by the sea” = C (cocaine); “mist” = smoke; “Hohna Lee” = another name for hashish; “Little Jackie Paper” = used to wrap joints. Yarrow insists to this day that the song was simply about the loss of childhood innocence, and has no drug connections whatsoever.
8 Peter of the folk group Peter Paul & Mary.


Title Year Status Character
Good Morning, Vietnam 1987 writer: “Puff The Magic Dragon”
Volunteers 1985 writer: “Puff the Magic Dragon”
Mocedades: 15 años de música 1984 TV Movie writer: “La guerra cruel”
Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody 1982 TV Short performer: “Puff the Magic Dragon” / writer: “Puff the Magic Dragon”, “Never Was A Feather”, “Follow Your Own Star”
American Pop 1981 writer: “This Train”
Airplane! 1980 “River of Jordan”
Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of the Living Lies 1979 TV Movie performer: “Puff the Magic Dragon” / writer: “Puff the Magic Dragon”, “Part of All the Wonderment”, “The Walls Come A-Tumbling Town”
Puff the Magic Dragon 1978 TV Short performer: “Puff the Magic Dragon” / writer: “Puff the Magic Dragon”, “The Boat Song”, “Weave Me the Sunshine”
Top of the Pops 1977 TV Series writer – 1 episode
You Are What You Eat 1968 Documentary performer: “Moments of Soft Persuasion”, “Silly Girl”, “The Wabe”, “Don’t Remind Me Now of Time” / writer: “Teenage Fair Helmet Commercial”, “Moments of Soft Persuasion”, “Silly Girl”, “You Are What You Eat”, “The Wabe”, “Don’t Remind Me Now of Time”
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary writer – 1 episode
Home & Family 2013 TV Series performer – 1 episode
No me la puc treure del cap 2010 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Mad Men 2008 TV Series writer – 1 episode
American Masters 2005 TV Series documentary performer – 1 episode
Meet the Fockers 2004 writer: “Puff the Magic Dragon”
Meet the Parents 2000 writer: “Puff the Magic Dragon”
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1992-1994 TV Series writer – 5 episodes
Saved by the Bell 1991 TV Series writer – 1 episode
The Golden Girls 1989 TV Series writer – 1 episode


Title Year Status Character
Concert for Newtown 2013 TV Movie concert producer / producer
Peter, Bethany & Rufus: Spirit of Woodstock 2008 TV Movie producer
Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody 1982 TV Short producer
Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of the Living Lies 1979 TV Movie producer
Puff the Magic Dragon 1978 TV Short producer
You Are What You Eat 1968 Documentary producer


Title Year Status Character
Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody 1982 TV Short
The Willmar 8 1981 Documentary
Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of the Living Lies 1979 TV Movie
Puff the Magic Dragon 1978 TV Short


Title Year Status Character
While We’re Young 2014 Ira Mandelstam
Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of the Living Lies 1979 TV Movie Father (voice)
Puff the Magic Dragon 1978 TV Short Father (voice)

Music Department

Title Year Status Character
Torn Between Two Lovers 1979 TV Movie composer: song “Torn Between Two Lovers”
You Are What You Eat 1968 Documentary musical director


Title Year Status Character
Colored Frames 2007 Documentary project advisor


Title Year Status Character
Wear personal thanks post-production
The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression 2010 Documentary special thanks
No Child Left Behind 2005 Documentary special thanks


Title Year Status Character
The Resurrection of Victor Jara 2015 Documentary Himself
50 Years with Peter Paul and Mary 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tavis Smiley 2010-2014 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself
L’Chayim 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Songs to Keep: Treasures of an Adirondack Folk Collector 2013 Documentary Himself
The March 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Concert for Newtown 2013 TV Movie Himself
Moyers & Company 2013 TV Series Himself
Home & Family 2013 TV Series Himself – Guest
Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation 2012 Documentary Himself
American Masters 2005-2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune 2010 Documentary Friend / Musician
The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression 2010 Documentary Himself
CBS Cares 2010 TV Series Himself
Where Have All the Flowers Gone? 2008 Documentary Himself
Peter, Bethany & Rufus: Spirit of Woodstock 2008 TV Movie Himself
The Power of Their Song: The Untold Story of Latin America’s New Song Movement 2008 Documentary Himself
A Tribute to the Teachers of America 2007 TV Movie Himself
The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself, Peter, Paul and Mary
The Kingston Trio: 50 Years of Havin’ Fun 2006 Video documentary
Peter Yarrow: With Your Face to the Wind 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Isn’t This a Time! A Tribute Concert for Harold Leventhal 2004 Documentary Himself (Peter, Paul & Mary)
Larry King Live 2004 TV Series Himself
Peter, Paul, and Mary: Carry It on – A Musical Legacy 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Get Up, Stand Up 2003 TV Series documentary Himself – Interviewee
American Roots Music 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
The Hunger Heroes 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
New Passages 1996 TV Movie Himself
Great Performances 1987-1996 TV Series Himself
Rock & Roll 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Peter, Paul and Mommy, Too 1993 TV Movie Himself
Peter, Paul and Mary: Reunion 1991 Video documentary Himself
11-22-63: The Day the Nation Cried 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
Peter, Paul & Mary: Holiday Concert 1988 TV Movie Himself
In Our Hands 1984 Documentary Himself
In Concert 1974 TV Series Himself
The Midnight Special 1974 TV Series Himself
Top à… 1972 TV Series Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1972 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1972 TV Series Himself
The Mike Walsh Show 1970 TV Series Himself
You Are What You Eat 1968 Documentary Himself
Festival 1967 Documentary Himself (as Peter)
The Roger Miller Show 1966 TV Series Himself
Ready, Steady, Go! 1964 TV Series Himself
The Jack Benny Program 1964 TV Series Himself
Bob Hope Comedy Special 1963 TV Special Himself
What’s My Line? 1963 TV Series Himself – Mystery Guest
The Mike Douglas Show 1962 TV Series Himself – Vocalist

Archive Footage

Won Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
1970 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Recording for Children

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
1979 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement – Animation Program Puff the Magic Dragon (1978)

Known for movies

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