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RIP: Mary Travers, 1936 – 2009

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.


  1. #1 Rob Jase
    September 17, 2009


  2. #2 Mark
    September 17, 2009

    A sad day indeed.
    Resolve to teach our children, and our children’s children, the songs….and the reasons for the songs.

  3. #3 C. Corax
    September 18, 2009

    From the time I was old enough to understand the lyrics in the songs I heard, PP&M sang those lyrics. I still, to this day, sing her version of “Tiny Sparrow” when I’m alone (it’d be an act of terrorism for me to sing in public):


    Thanks for posting this tribute.

  4. #4 Amy
    September 18, 2009

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

  5. #5 Ordie55
    September 18, 2009

    She was so much a part of our hearts.
    Our hearts feel her loss.

  6. #6 Otto
    September 19, 2009

    Just think what might have happened if Peter, Paul & Mary had hewn their musical talents even more strongly to the cause of monist materialism!

  7. #7 Snowy Owl
    September 20, 2009

    Puff the Magic Dragon


  8. #8 Snowy Owl
    September 20, 2009

    If I have an Hammer (Mary characterial contribution)

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