Mary Travers from Peter, Paul & Mary Died

  • Timbales

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    Sep 17, 2009 12:50 PM GMT
    .Mary Travers, a striking figure of power and glamour in the early-1960s folk music movement, died Wednesday at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut after suffering from leukemia for several years. She was 72.

    She was best known as the blond with the bangs who commanded the middle microphone with Peter, Paul and Mary, a trio that brought folk music from coffeehouses to top-40 radio.

    They also gave much of America its first taste of the young Bob Dylan by helping to turn his "Blowin' in the Wind" into a national anthem.

    The group reunited several years ago to begin touring, and Travers performed with them until a few months ago, even when she needed assistance on stage.

    Travers, like Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow, saw folk music both as an art and as an instrument for change. They sang a number of sociopolitical songs, which Travers later defended.

    "I'm not sure I want to be singing 'Leaving on a Jet Plane' when I'm 75," she said in one interview. "But I know I'll still be singing 'Blowin' in the Wind.' "

    She was born in Louisville, Ky., but grew up in Greenwich Village and came up through the New York coffeehouse circuit, singing on her own before she was put together with Stookey and Yarrow by famed manager Albert Grossman, who also managed Dylan.

    The trio took considerable criticism from fellow folk singers for developing a sound that some considered too "commercial" and not "authentic" enough.

    Travers always strongly defended the trio's sound, saying that they were in the folk tradition by making music accessible to everyone, not just academic collectors.

    Peter, Paul and Mary were inducted into the Sammy Cahn Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006. Travers is survived by two daughters.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/2009/09/16/2009-09-16_mary_travers_of_peter_paul_and_mary_dead.html?print=1&page=all#ixzz0RKhH2NOb
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    Sep 17, 2009 3:57 PM GMT
    I recall sitting in art class in jr high and my teacher use to play a P,P & M 8-Track (yeah, for those who don't know what this is, look it up ). I got to know Lemon Tree, Leav'n on a Jet Plane and Puff really well! I still like hearing them.
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    Sep 17, 2009 4:03 PM GMT
    Awww that's a shame.... thank you for the music, Mary.
  • jerseyguy

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    Sep 17, 2009 4:16 PM GMT
    I was so sad to hear that Mary Travers had died. I had no idea she was suffering from leukemia. I've always loved the music of PP&M. I can remember as a kid in grade school, we'd sometimes sing "Puff."
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    Sep 17, 2009 6:55 PM GMT
    She had a beautiful voice. Peter Paul & Mary had some tight harmonies.
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    Sep 17, 2009 7:07 PM GMT
    RIP. Youll be missed.
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    Sep 17, 2009 7:09 PM GMT
    It's sad when such talent leaves us. As a huge fan of 1960's music, I really admired the talent and pure sound of groups such as Peter, Paul & Mary. Along with others such as The Mamas & Papas (only one surviving member), they defined a sound that was distinctly 60's America.

    Sadly the days of such talent seem to be a thing of the past, as more "products of the studio" and "American Idols" displace the true talent.

    Thankfully, musicians like Mary Travers and her contemporaries gave us such a wonderful gift - timeless music. A local station here, WDRV refers to their playlist as "The Soundtrack of our Lives" and as music being "a placeholder in time". Such could certainly be said about this genre and era of music.

    Talent such as Mary Travers will be sadly missed but never forgotten.
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    Sep 17, 2009 10:28 PM GMT
    So sorry to hear of this. She had a beautiful voice. And she sang such wonderful, touching, meaningful songs. I'll miss her.
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    Sep 17, 2009 11:53 PM GMT