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Mary Travers Of Peter, Paul and Mary Dies - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com
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Bummer. Peter, Paul & Mary were huge in my college days.
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It is hard to believe. I think of her as part of the anti-war youth movement, but she died at 72. Where did the years go?
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I saw her in concert in 1967 and she was a beautiful willowy blond .
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A close friend who passed away last summer was famous among us for his late night renditions of Jet Plane. He also suffered from leukemia. He'll be happy to see her in heaven.

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Wow. 72? I might have guessed 62, but....
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I just read about that this morning. A good summary of the history of their careers is given at
http://music.msn.com/music/article.a...1599&gt1=28102

I saw PP&M perform in an old style theatre, many moons ago (1980s?). They were fabulous.
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My children's favorite was Shel Silverstein's "Boa Constrictor" song as sung by Mary.
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I met her once long ago, just a little "I really enjoyed the show" thing. She was very pleasant. Had a great voice, too. She sang Dylan's songs much better than he did. And I'm pretty sure the whole "Puff the Magic Dragon is a drug song" thing is what convinced me to try pot.

Thanks, Mary, for many years of great music, social activism, and mellow afternoons. RIP.
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[QUOTE=harley;856414] sang Dylan's songs much better than he did. /QUOTE]

And who didn't?
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I too entered adulthood in the early 60s, she will be missed very much.
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PP&M were among the few musical members of the anit-war movement who also retained considerable popularity among the rest of society. I think it's because their music was good, and though they were passionate neither their music nor their personalities were angry or confrontational.

"One grey night it happened, jackie paper came no more
And puff that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar.

"His head was bent in sorrow, green scales fell like rain,
Puff no longer went to play along the cherry lane.
Without his life-long friend, puff could not be brave,
So puff that mighty dragon sadly slipped into his cave."

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Yes it was a fantastic trio, .....But who remembered them after the Vietman War...? The same can be said of Joan Baez, Donovan and many others. It makes me feel I´ve been ungrateful...
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In honor of Mary Travers, Hanalei Bay at sunset.

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Yes it was a fantastic trio, .....But who remembered them after the Vietman War...? The same can be said of Joan Baez, Donovan and many others. It makes me feel I´ve been ungrateful...
You obviously haven't seem my Ipod list. I was just listening to Mellow Yellow the other day, and I have Dark Chords on a Big Guitar marked as a favorite. No PP&M, though. Have to rip some in.
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from a fellow softball fan on another board I visit:

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Mary Travers, one-third of the hugely popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, has died after a battle with leukemia. Travers' voice helped carry the trio's greatest hits including 'Puff the Magic Dragon,' 'If I Had a Hammer' and 'Leaving on a Jet Place.'
The band's publicist, Heather Lylis, says Travers died at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut on Wednesday. She was 72.

I remember well our last meeting, which served as a reminder that Mary’s take on politics could be biting and vociferous, in contrast to the soft singing voice.“Ask Rayburn, he went to school with the son of a bitch,” I had just joined a party at Wolftrap after a concert by Peter, Paul and Mary, and Mary was in high dudgeon, excoriating a State Department official. I countered, “Mary, are you referring to a plenipotentiary representative of the President, our Ambassador to Panama?” Indeed. She and Ed Mills had sparred in Panama and Mary knew Ed and I attended Oklahoma. Later, over many cups of coffee at a local restaurant, we had a friendly discussion of foreign affairs – and Mary proved to be as well read as well-spoken.

I had met the trio during the civil rights and anti-war protests of the Sixties. When they retired in 1970, Peter and I had neighboring rental homes in the Catskills, and have continued that friendship. But, Peter was the political voice of the trio, and one seldom saw Noel Paul Stookey or Mary away from their performances.

Peter Yarrow said that in her final months, Travers handled her declining health with bravery and generosity, showing her love to friends and family "with great dignity and without restraint." "It was, as Mary always was, honest and completely authentic," he said. "That's the way she sang, too; honestly and with complete authenticity."

Noel "Paul" Stookey, the trio's other member, praised Travers for her inspiring activism, "especially in her defense of the defenseless." "I am deadened and heartsick beyond words to consider a life without Mary Travers and honored beyond my wildest dreams to have shared her spirit and her career," he said.

No essayist or historian can write about the Sixties, Viet Nam, civil rights, the assassinations, without at least footnoting the prominent voices of the folk musicians of the era – Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary. They gave voice to a generation – a long time gone.
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Mary Travers Memorial Is Scheduled for Nov. 9
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