Peter Yarrow Net Worth

Peter Yarrow Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

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 NamePeter Yarrow
Net Worth$5 Million
Date Of BirthMay 31, 1938
Place Of BirthManhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Height1.75 m
EducationCornell University, The High School of Music & Art
SpouseMary Beth McCarthy (m. 1969–1981)
ChildrenBethany Yarrow, Christopher Yarrow
ParentsBernard Yarrow, Vera Yarrow Wisebrode
NicknamesYarrow, Peter , Peter , Peter Paul and Mary
Music GroupsPeter, Paul and Mary
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation
MoviesPhil 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
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.
1Children 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.
2His wife is the niece of Democratic senator and presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy.
3He co-wrote the Mary MacGregor hit "Torn Between Two Lovers".
4His 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).
5In 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."
6Co-founder of The Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, Texas, in 1972.
7In 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.
8Peter of the folk group Peter Paul & Mary.


Good Morning, Vietnam1987writer: "Puff The Magic Dragon"
Volunteers1985writer: "Puff the Magic Dragon"
Mocedades: 15 años de música1984TV Movie writer: "La guerra cruel"
Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody1982TV Short performer: "Puff the Magic Dragon" / writer: "Puff the Magic Dragon", "Never Was A Feather", "Follow Your Own Star"
American Pop1981writer: "This Train"
Airplane!1980"River of Jordan"
Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of the Living Lies1979TV 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 Dragon1978TV Short performer: "Puff the Magic Dragon" / writer: "Puff the Magic Dragon", "The Boat Song", "Weave Me the Sunshine"
Top of the Pops1977TV Series writer - 1 episode
You Are What You Eat1968Documentary 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 Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Home & Family2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
No me la puc treure del cap2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mad Men2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Masters2005TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Meet the Fockers2004writer: "Puff the Magic Dragon"
Meet the Parents2000writer: "Puff the Magic Dragon"
Mystery Science Theater 30001992-1994TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Saved by the Bell1991TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Golden Girls1989TV Series writer - 1 episode


Concert for Newtown2013TV Movie concert producer / producer
Peter, Bethany & Rufus: Spirit of Woodstock2008TV Movie producer
Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody1982TV Short producer
Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of the Living Lies1979TV Movie producer
Puff the Magic Dragon1978TV Short producer
You Are What You Eat1968Documentary producer


Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody1982TV Short
The Willmar 81981Documentary
Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of the Living Lies1979TV Movie
Puff the Magic Dragon1978TV Short


While We're Young2014Ira Mandelstam
Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of the Living Lies1979TV MovieFather (voice)
Puff the Magic Dragon1978TV ShortFather (voice)

Music Department

Torn Between Two Lovers1979TV Movie composer: song "Torn Between Two Lovers"
You Are What You Eat1968Documentary musical director


Colored Frames2007Documentary project advisor


Wearpersonal thanks post-production
The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression2010Documentary special thanks
No Child Left Behind2005Documentary special thanks


The Resurrection of Victor Jara2015DocumentaryHimself
50 Years with Peter Paul and Mary2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tavis Smiley2010-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
L'Chayim2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Songs to Keep: Treasures of an Adirondack Folk Collector2013DocumentaryHimself
The March2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Concert for Newtown2013TV MovieHimself
Moyers & Company2013TV SeriesHimself
Home & Family2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation2012DocumentaryHimself
American Masters2005-2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune2010DocumentaryFriend / Musician
The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression2010DocumentaryHimself
CBS Cares2010TV SeriesHimself
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?2008DocumentaryHimself
Peter, Bethany & Rufus: Spirit of Woodstock2008TV MovieHimself
The Power of Their Song: The Untold Story of Latin America's New Song Movement2008DocumentaryHimself
A Tribute to the Teachers of America2007TV MovieHimself
The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival2007TV Movie documentaryHimself, Peter, Paul and Mary
The Kingston Trio: 50 Years of Havin' Fun2006Video documentary
Peter Yarrow: With Your Face to the Wind2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Isn't This a Time! A Tribute Concert for Harold Leventhal2004DocumentaryHimself (Peter, Paul & Mary)
Larry King Live2004TV SeriesHimself
Peter, Paul, and Mary: Carry It on - A Musical Legacy2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Get Up, Stand Up2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
American Roots Music2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The Hunger Heroes2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
New Passages1996TV MovieHimself
Great Performances1987-1996TV SeriesHimself
Rock & Roll1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Peter, Paul and Mommy, Too1993TV MovieHimself
Peter, Paul and Mary: Reunion1991Video documentaryHimself
11-22-63: The Day the Nation Cried1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
Peter, Paul & Mary: Holiday Concert1988TV MovieHimself
In Our Hands1984DocumentaryHimself
In Concert1974TV SeriesHimself
The Midnight Special1974TV SeriesHimself
Top à...1972TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651972TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1972TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Walsh Show1970TV SeriesHimself
You Are What You Eat1968DocumentaryHimself
Festival1967DocumentaryHimself (as Peter)
The Roger Miller Show1966TV SeriesHimself
Ready, Steady, Go!1964TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Benny Program1964TV SeriesHimself
Bob Hope Comedy Special1963TV SpecialHimself
What's My Line?1963TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
The Mike Douglas Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Vocalist

Archive Footage

Ghost World2001Himself (uncredited)

Won Awards

1970GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for Children

Nominated Awards

1979Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement - Animation ProgramPuff the Magic Dragon (1978)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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