Peter, Paul and Mary

Leaving on a Jet Plane

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A huge hit for Peter, Paul & Mary in 1967, "Leaving on a Jet Plane" was written by a very young John Denver, who was then a member of the Chad Mitchell Trio before beginning his illustrious solo career in the 1970s. A bittersweet, gentle melody guides the song, with a strong shading of Kingston Trio-inspired, traditional chord patterns. But lyrically is where the song really shines. A direct and heartfelt statement about a musician ready to leave town and his loved one, there is a sense of regret and longing that permeate every line in this minor classic. The vocal arrangement is positively sterling, with Mary Travers delivering one of her finest performances of her career.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Album 1700 1967 Warner Bros. 3:30
Ten Years Together: The Best of Peter, Paul and Mary 1970 Warner Bros. 3:27
Peter, Paul & Mary 25th Anniversary 1986 Warner Bros. 3:44
The Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary [WEA International] 1993 Warner Music 3:29
Around the Campfire 1998 Warner Bros. 3:27
The Collection: Their Greatest Hits & Finest Performances 1998 Reader's Digest Music 3:26
Carry It On [Bonus DVD] 2003 Warner Bros. 3:29
Casey Kasem: The 60's #1 Pop Hits 2004
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:28
The Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary [Warner/Rhino] 2005 Rhino 3:28
Peter Paul and Mary with Symphony Orchestra: The Prague Sessions 2010 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:50
...Next Stop Is Vietnam: The War on Record 1961-2008 2010
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 3:29
Singers & Songwriters [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:29
Summer of Love [2017] 2017
Various Artists
Rhino 3:28
Drop the Needle On the Hits: Best of Peter, Paul & Mary 2018 3:27
Listen to the Music
Various Artists
Rhino 3:28