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    Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary dead at 72

    DANBURY, Conn. – Mary Travers, one-third of the hugely popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, has died.

    The band's publicist, Heather Lylis, says Travers died at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut on Wednesday. She was 72 and had battled leukemia for several years.

    Travers joined forces with Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey in the early 1960s.

    The trio mingled their music with liberal politics, both onstage and off. Their version of "If I Had a Hammer" became an anthem for racial equality. Other hits included "Lemon Tree," "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and "Puff (The Magic Dragon.)"

    They were early champions of Bob Dylan and performed his "Blowin' in the Wind" at the August 1963 March on Washington.

    And they were vehement in their opposition to the Vietnam War, managing to stay true to their liberal beliefs while creating music that resonated in the American mainstream.

    The group collected five Grammy Awards for their three-part harmony on enduring songs like "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" and "Blowin' in the Wind."

    At one point in 1963, three of their albums were in the top six Billboard best-selling LPs as they became the biggest stars of the folk revival movement.

    It was heady stuff for a trio that had formed in the early 1960s in Greenwich Village, running through simple tunes like "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

    They debuted at the Bitter End in 1961, and their beatnik look — a tall blonde flanked by a pair of goateed guitarists — was a part of their initial appeal. As The New York Times critic Robert Shelton put it not long afterward, "Sex appeal as a keystone for a folk-song group was the idea of the group's manager, Albert B. Grossman, who searched for months for `the girl' until he decided on Miss Travers."

    Their debut album came out in 1962, and immediately scored a pair of hits with their versions of "If I Had a Hammer" and "Lemon Tree." The former won them Grammys for best folk recording, and best performance by a vocal group.

    "Moving" was the follow-up, including the hit tale of innocence lost, "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" — which reached No. 2 on the charts, and generated since-discounted reports that it was an ode to marijuana.

    Album No. 3, "In the Wind," featured three songs by the 22-year-old Dylan. "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" and "Blowin' in the Wind" both reached the top 10, bringing Dylan's material to a massive audience; the latter shipped 300,000 copies during one two-week period.

    "Blowin' In the Wind" became an another civil rights anthem, and Peter, Paul and Mary fully embraced the cause. They marched with King in Selma, Ala., and performed with him in Washington.

    In a 1966 New York Times interview, Travers said the three worked well together because they respected one another. "There has to be a certain amount of love just in order for you to survive together," she said. "I think a lot of groups have gone down the tubes because they were not able to relate to one another."

    With the advent of the Beatles and Dylan's switch to electric guitar, the folk boom disappeared. Travers expressed disdain for folk-rock, telling the Chicago Daily News in 1966 that "it's so badly written. ... When the fad changed from folk to rock, they didn't take along any good writers."

    But the trio continued their success, scoring with the tongue-in-cheek single "I Dig Rock and Roll Music," a gentle parody of the Mamas and the Papas, in 1967 and the John Denver-penned "Leaving on a Jet Plane" two years later.

    They also continued as boosters for young songwriters, recording numbers written by then-little-known Gordon Lightfoot and Laura Nyro.

    In 1969, the group earned their final Grammy for "Peter, Paul and Mommy," which won for best children's album. They disbanded in 1971, launching solo careers — Travers released five albums — that never achieved the heights of their collaborations.

    Over the years they enjoyed several reunions, including a performance at a 1978 anti-nuclear benefit organized by Yarrow and a 35th anniversary album, "Lifelines," with fellow folkies Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Dave Van Ronk and Seeger. A boxed set of their music was released in 2004.

    They remained politically active as well, performing at the 1995 anniversary of the Kent State shootings and performing for California strawberry pickers.

    Travers had undergone a successful bone marrow transplant to treat her leukemia and was able to return to performing after that.

    "It was like a miracle," Travers told The Associated Press in 2006. "I'm just feeling fabulous. What's incredible is someone has given your life back. I'm out in the garden today. This time last year I was looking out a window at a hospital." She also said she told the marrow donor "how incredibly grateful I was."

    But by mid-2009, Yarrow told WTOP radio in Washington that her condition had worsened again and he thought she would no longer be able to perform.

    Mary Allin Travers was born on Nov. 9, 1936 in Louisville, Ky., the daughter of journalists who moved the family to Manhattan's bohemian Greenwich Village. She quickly became enamored with folk performers like the Weavers, and was soon performing with Seeger, a founding member of the Weavers who lived in the same building as the Travers family.

    With a group called the Song Swappers, Travers backed Seeger on one album and two shows at Carnegie Hall. She also appeared (as one of a group of folk singers) in a short-lived 1958 Broadway show called "The Next President," starring comedian Mort Sahl.

    It wasn't until she met up with Yarrow and Stookey that Travers would taste success on her own. Yarrow was managed by Grossman, who later worked in the same capacity for Dylan.

    In the book "Positively 4th Street" by David Hajdu, Travers recalled that Grossman's strategy was to "find a nobody that he could nurture and make famous."

    The budding trio, boosted by the arrangements of Milt Okun, spent seven months rehearsing in her Greenwich Village apartment before their 1961 public debut.

    Travers lived for many years in Redding, Conn.
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    aw what a sad day. Puff the magic dragon is one of my ringers
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    Aw. RIP.

    Now the time has come to leave you
    One more time
    Let me kiss you
    Then close your eyes
    I'll be on my way
    Dream about the days to come
    When I wont have to leave alone
    About the times, I wont have to say

    Oh, kiss me and smile for me
    Tell me that you'll wait for me
    Hold me like you'll never let me go



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    I love singing their songs. It always tickled me how Mary had the deepest voice of all of them.

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    What the heck is going on ... four people in the space of two days? Wtf?! Will people please STOP DYING! Good grief.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aabbcc View Post
    What the heck is going on ... four people in the space of two days? Wtf?! Will people please STOP DYING! Good grief.
    I know I was just thinking that!! I love their songs RIP
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    Jesus Christ.. everyone's dying!

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    it must be the new world order's depopulation control program. starting with the celebs.

    seriously though, i've read the term 'summer of death' on more than one site.

    it's kinda creepy isn't it?

    just wait, one day the whole first page will be filled with "so and so has died".

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    I love Peter, Paul, and Mary. She will be missed RIP
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    Quote Originally Posted by aabbcc View Post
    What the heck is going on ... four people in the space of two days? Wtf?! Will people please STOP DYING! Good grief.
    Dying is the new adopted African baby.

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    Peter, Paul and Mary songs were the first I played and sang when I was learning guitar in the mid-sixties. And then I taught many of their songs to students two decades later. Timeless music and arrangements. She had such a lovely voice and presence. RIP, Mary.

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    hmm who is going to be the third celeb?
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    "The answer my friend, is blow it out your ass..."

    That's the lyrics my sister taught me.
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    I love PP&M. PPM singing 500 Miles (folk classic, not the newer one) is on my iPod. Her voice is so beautiful. RIP, Mary.

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    Ok. So it wasn't bad that I started singing She's left on a jet plane I don't think that she will come back again?

    RIP Mary. You really could sing Thank you for sharing your voice.

    *hums* If I had a hammer....

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