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Peter, Paul & Mary
Peter, Paul & Mary: Carry It On & Doo Wop's Greatest Hits
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The trio performing at the March on Washington, 1963.The trio performing at the March on Washington, 1963.


A CPTV Red Carpet Special

Aired Saturday, May 31, at 6:00 p.m. on CPTV

There once was a time, some years before the ascendancy of rock and roll on Top 40 radio, when popular music veered sharply from the mainstream to sample American roots-music traditions. Inspired by the songs of Pete Seeger and The Weavers, this folk music, found its greatest expression during the early 1960's in the songs of an emerging Greenwich Village group known as Peter, Paul and Mary. In the Trio's PBS show Carry It On: A Musical Legacy, we share in the four decade long career of Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers. The Trio recalls the beginnings of the cultural revolution of the 1960's when music emerged as a unifying force midst the hopeful, idealistic and sometimes turbulent, movements of social change. Carry It On features rare archival performances of songs that energized the spirit of the nation's cultural and political renaissance. Do Peter Paul & Mary still carry it on? No question! Just watch and listen.

The Shirelles perform “Soldier Boy,” their number one hit from 1962, the year CPTV was born!The Shirelles perform “Soldier Boy,” their number one hit from 1962, the year CPTV was born!

American Soundtrack

Doo Wop's Greatest Hits

Aired Satrday, May 31, at 8:00 p.m. on CPTV

The AMERICAN SOUNDTRACK series returns with DOO WOP’S GREATEST HITS, a sequel to DOO WOP’S BEST ON PBS. The series celebrates a gentler time when music brought young people together and groups would gather for street corner harmony. DOO WOP’S GREATEST HITS presents the most popular and nostalgic songs from that timeless era. Loaded with joyful lyrics, great backbeats and soothing harmonies, this music still touches the heart and soul of an entire generation.

Vocal groups were a prime component of the emerging rock ‘n’ roll movement in the mid-1950s. The Platters, one of the era’s most beloved and enduring acts, kick off the retrospective with their million-selling smash from 1955, “The Great Pretender.” More memorable chart-topping classics follow, including the haunting “Blue Moon” by Pittsburgh vocal group the Marcels and the jubilant “Chapel of Love” by the Dixie Cups.

The Skyliners, a Pittsburgh vocal group legend, reprise their 1959 smash “Since I Don’t Have You” and the Dreamlovers from Philadelphia present “When We Get Married,” a top-10 hit from 1961. R&B duo Johnnie and Joe reunite for their 1959 top-10 hit “Over the Mountain, Across the Sea.” One of doo wop’s all-time most romantic ballads, “I Only Have Eyes for You,” is performed by the Flamingos, who took the tune to the top 20 in 1959. The legendary Jerry Butler offers his very first hit from 1958, “For Your Precious Love.” Another love song for the ages, “Heart and Soul,” is rendered with soaring harmonies by the Cleftones. What were called “girl groups” back in the day are represented by Rosie and the Originals with the 1960 top-10 hit “Angel Baby” and the Shirelles, performing their number one hit from 1962, “Soldier Boy,” with original lead singer Shirley Alston Reeves.