I was sadden to hear of the death of Mary Travers of Peter, Paul & Mary. I admired their harmony and music and activism. I have so many favorites of their songs like “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowin’ In The Wind,” “Puff, the Magic Dragon and I could go on. Please share your favorite Peter, Paul and Mary songs in the Forums. This just one of mine (Sorry the quality isn’t very good, but the song is from 1962):
This was one of the first protest songs against the Vietnam War.
The following is from Louisville Local Music Examiner :
Mary Travers, of the famous folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, has died at age 72. Born in Louisville, KY, Mary moved with her parents to New York at age 2.
Peter, Paul, and Mary are famous for songs including “Lemon Tree,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane” and “Puff (The Magic Dragon.)”
Travers first foray into music was performing with Pete Seeger, a founding member of the Weavers who lived in the same building as the Travers family. She then moved on to a group called The Song Swappers before hitting success with the two men with whom she became part of the group Peter, Paul, and Mary.
In 1963, they had three albums in the Top Six Billboard best-selling albums and became the biggest stars in folk music at that time.
The trio was as famous for their music as they were for their liberal politics, both onstage and off. They strongly opposed the Vietnam War. In 1995, they played a concert for the 20th anniversary of the Kent State shootings.
It feels like a dying of an era. So many of my favorite singers and groups are getting older. I have a bucket list of singers and bands that I want to see before they die, are too old or should have stopped singing as they are painful to the ears. I had a wonderful opportunity to see them in concert and they sounded absolutely wonderful. They were on my bucket list.
Who is on your musical bucket list?