Farwell, Mary Travers

Here’s to Mary Travers who died Wednesday. She had been diagnosed with Leukemia in 2004.

Travers was 72. She, along with her musical cohorts Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, collaborated as Peter Paul & Mary became three of the movers and shakers of the ’60s folk movement

The trio’s 1962 self-titled debut sold more than 2 million copies, and the the subsequent albums – “(Moving),” “In the Wind,” “Peter, Paul and Mary in Concert,” “A Song Will Rise” and “See What Tomorrow Will Bring” – all went gold selling more than 500,000 copies.

Two more platinum albums followed, “Album 1700” and “10 Years Together/The Best of Peter Paul & Mary.”

A string of hits including “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” “I Dig Rock and Roll Music,” Pete Seeger’s “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song),” “Puff the Magic Dragon,” a remake of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” and John Denver’s “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane” were all Top 10. And they had many more Top 40 and Top 100 hits.

Travers was an activist for human rights and trio performed in Washington, D.C., in 1963 where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

The trio also sang at Carnegie Hall a few years later for Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. Their activism carried late into the century as they performed in support for the California strawberry pickers in 1990.

Travers is survived by her husband Ethan, two daughters, and, of course, her musical partners Yarrow and Stookey.

Rest in peace ….

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