It’s been a hard year or two. First Miriam Makeba. Then Odetta. Now we’ve lost another one, Mary Travers, the Mary of Peter, Paul and Mary. Mary died Wednesday of leukemia in Connecticut. Even before Mary, Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow formed one of the iconic sixties folk groups in 1961, Mary sang back up for Pete Seeger. And for half a century, Peter, Paul and Mary we’re there when we needed them. Every major demonstration or event. Always. They were there.
Political songs were a mainstay but so were love songs and children’s songs. So here’s Mary, in later years, singing one of the group’s signature love songs, John Denver’s Leavin’ on a Jet Plane:
Mary, you never let us down. I hate to see you go.