I grew up listening to “Puff, the magic dragon”, “If I had a hammer” and other classic songs by Peter,Paul and Mary. In the early seventies I had the good fortune to be the session musician for RCA records on 44th st in NYC. While there, I was contracted to do a live session for this iconic group in RCA’s large “Studio A” . I was just Thrilled to be asked. So that can relive this moment with me,I will explain.
Studio A at RCA was were all the live sessions were done. I’d often heard of Elvis sessions recorded live there plus, this was to be my first live studio audience session. so that we all understand “live”…no re-do’s or overdubs, no rehearsals… Just read the chart. And, lest me forget…peter and paul both played guitar,leaving me to wonder…what should I play? Having worked with James Brown live taught me how to groove with 2 other guitarist. That is to say,I wouldn’t have to play funky, but I would have to listen.
What a formidable team they made, Mary definitely ran the show, but peter was the spokesman, paul was the glue that kept them all together. They were awesome and the live audience could not have been more receptive to their distinct brand of storytelling. They held that audience in the palms of their hands. Even the dialogue in between songs seem to allow them a perfect intro to the next song. Their years of working together created a seamless triad of harmonious swells and dips in their chorus, that I will remember forever.