Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary, has died (November 9, 1936 – September 16, 2009)

September 17, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Mary Travers, singer-songwriter of the popular 1960s folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, has died after a years-long battle with leukemia, at the age of 72. Formed in 1961, Travers joined Peter Yarrow and Noel “Paul” Stookey to make music that mixed acoustic guitars with politics. Singing protest songs, Travers was the ideal face for New York’s beatnik scene. Travers was an outspoken supporter of the civil rights and anti-war movements.

Peter, Paul and Mary, recorded several Top 10 albums, and scored a No. 1 hit with “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”   Puff The Magic Dragon was my favorite as a child unknowing of the hidden meaning, which makes it even better now!  Their version of the Pete Seeger song “If I Had a Hammer” became a civil-rights anthem, and they performed the song at the 1963 March on Washington. The trio continued to perform in spite of Travers dealing with the aftermath of chemotherapy and stem cell transplants to battle leukaemia, performing their final show in New Jersey on 20 May 2009.  Although a bone-marrow transplant was apparently successful in beating the disease, Travers died on September 16, 2009 at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut from complications arising from chemotherapy. She is survived by her fourth husband, Ethan Robbins, two daughters, a sister, and two grandchildren.

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  3. bobf on September 17th, 2009 11:47 am

    In tribute to Mary, thought I’d post the following lyrics to the public domain “Woman of Experience” biographical folk song I wrote about her during the 1980s:

    “Women of Experience”

    (chorus)
    She’s a woman of experience
    She’s a woman who is strong
    She’s a woman of intelligence
    And she likes to sing folk songs.

    (verses)
    She was born in Old Kentucky
    And raised in Bohemia
    Her childhood was so lonely
    But she found some joy in nature
    Her parents taught her well
    To always think for herself
    And resist the Establishment
    And that’s why she sang folk. (chorus)

    Around her was a crowd of rebels
    Writers with words intense
    Artists who hoped to change the world
    And outfox the government
    She rebelled against dumb authority
    And refused to ape TV clones
    Alienated and abandoned
    She sang folk songs at home. (chorus)

    She wandered in Washington Square
    And sang along in the park
    She read her quota of books
    And sat in the coffeshops
    She sang with a couple of men
    And belted out her deep feelings
    And fought for a better world
    And they called her the “new folk queen.” (chorus)

    She’s been through her family
    And she’s got some new lessons to share
    And she’s collected a lot of wisdom
    And it’s still fun to touch her hair
    And she’ll give you a passionate hug
    And her spirit is still untamed
    And she brings some love to the world
    And sings folk songs in the middle of rain. (chorus)

  4. jason bakely on September 17th, 2009 3:51 pm

    Great for him I ‘m glad he’s selling millions…

  5. aaroncrowe on September 17th, 2009 9:34 pm

    was she born again??? If so, that is wonderful!!!

  6. vibaku on September 17th, 2009 11:38 pm

    I have a bit of an ear for music, and it’s interesting that just out of the blue, spontaneously, after I had learned to strum chords on a guitar, I played and sung, “If I Had a Hammer,” a fun song to sing on a guitar. I guess my favorite of theirs.

  7. mike on September 17th, 2009 11:38 pm

    My brother had the album where their names are written in chalk on a brick wall behind them, and I played that album a bazillion times.
    The song about the young woman who dresses in a man’s uniform to join her beloved (I guess it would have been the Civil War?) used to slay me.
    Very sad news today…

  8. Amy on September 18th, 2009 2:52 pm

    I love their music. I offer my prayers and condolences to the family.

  9. bobf on December 3rd, 2010 12:56 am

    finally figured out how to post video of public domain biographical folk song about Mary from 1980s. It’s at following youtube link:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrEjHTV8Yss

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