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RIP mary travers
September 17, 2009, 4:25 am
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170909_marytravers1960s folk star succumbs to cancer

Sad news. Folk icon Mary Travers died in hospital in Connecticut yesterday, aged 72, after a lengthy battle with leukaemia that tragically relapsed following a successful bone marrow transplant. Though she released five solo albums between 1971 and 1978 for major labels Warner Bros. and Chrysalis, it was her unforgettable turn as one-third of Peter, Paul & Mary that cemented her place in musical history.

For many people, Peter, Paul & Mary were the very essence of the 1960s. In the early half of the decade, they were the dominant group among the folk revivalists. From their version of Pete Seeger’s pro-love, pro-nature, implicitly anti-war tune ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone?’ to ‘Puff (The Magic Dragon)’ and beyond, their iconic tale of innocence lost, their trademark three-part harmonies won them several awards and a huge, loyal following, many of whom still think of them fondly to this day. On a wider level, they were instrumental in bringing Bob Dylan and Laura Nyro’s music to a wider audience, were vocal supporters of the Civil Rights Movement and played at Martin Luther King’s 1963 ‘March on Washington’, and were fiercely opposed to the Vietnam War.

Peter, Paul & Mary disbanded in 1970, only to reunite in 1978 after their solo careers had well and truly waned. They then went on to release several more albums, their last release being 2003’s In These Times, notable mostly for a powerful cover of Thea Hopkins’ ‘Jesus Is On The Wire’, about the murder of gay student Matthew Shepard in Wyoming.

Alan Pedder

‘If I Had A Hammer’

‘Puff The Magic Dragon’


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