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Peter Yarrow

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Peter Yarrow
Peter Yarrow in November 2008
Peter Yarrow in November 2008
Background information
Born (1938-05-31) May 31, 1938 (age 86)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Record producer
Years active1960–present
LabelsWarner Bros. Records

Peter Yarrow (born May 31, 1938) is an American singer. He is known for his songs such as "Puff, the Magic Dragon", "Lemon Tree", and "I'm In Love with a Big Blue Frog". He is also a political activist and supported veterans' rights.

Yarrow was born on May 31, 1938 in New York City, New York to a Ukrainian-Jewish family.[1] He studied at High School of Music and Art and at Cornell University. Yarrow is married to Mary Beth McCarthy (niece of Eugene McCarthy). They have two children.

In 1970, 14-year-old Barbara Winter went to visit Yarrow's hotel room in Washington, D.C. with her 17-year-old sister to look for an autograph. Winter said that Yarrow answered the door naked and made her masturbate him until he ejaculated. Yarrow served three months of a 1–3 year prison sentence.[2][3][4] He apologized for the incident and was granted a presidential pardon by Jimmy Carter on January 19, 1981, the day before Carter's presidency ended.[5][6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Peter Yarrow Biography
  2. Alex Roth (March 3, 2006), "Jet fighter, 'Jet Plane' singer forged a bond", The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  3. Tim Grieve (January 28, 2005), "Howard Dean or anybody but?" Archived March 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Salon.
  4. Alan M. Dershowitz (December 15, 1991), "Winning Was Everything", The New York Times.
  5. Brocknell, Gillian (May 17, 2021). "A famed folk singer won a presidential pardon after molesting a child. Did he prey on others?". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on May 17, 2021. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  6. Trex, Ethan, 11 notable presidential pardons, CNN, January 5, 2009. Retrieved March 3, 2013.

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