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R.I.P. Mary Travers

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Mary Travers, part of the legendary folk trio of Peter, Paul and Mary passed away on Wednesday at 72-years-old after losing her ongoing battle with leukemia.

Her bandmate, Peter Yarrow insisted that she handled her illness with bravery and generosity.

According to Yarrow, she expressed love to her family and friends "with great dignity and without restraint. It was, as Mary always was, honest and completely authentic. That's the way she sang, too; honestly and with complete authenticity."

Her other bandmate, Noel "Paul" Stookey added, "I am deadened and heartsick beyond words to consider a life without Mary Travers and honored beyond my wildest dreams to have shared her spirit and her career," said

The trio collected five Grammy Awards for hits like Leaving on a Jet Plane, Puff (The Magic Dragon), Blowin' in the Wind, If I Had a Hammer and Lemon Tree.

Travers lived out her life in Redding, Connecticut and leaves behind her husband, Ethan Robbins and daughters, Alicia and Erika.

She will be greatly missed.

[Image via WENN.]

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23 comments to “R.I.P. Mary Travers”

  1. 1

    What is with 2009? Its been such a morbid year!

  2. 2

    I'm truly sad to hear this. Peter, Paul & Mary are one of the most influence folk bands of all time and one of the reasons i'm studying the subject at grad school. Its a very sad day for music, but she leaves behind one heck of a legacy. RIP.

  3. 3

    Condolences to her loved ones.

  4. 4

    I'm so broken up over her death. I loved her voice and the songs the group sang. Their songs had great meaning to a generation that was in upheaval over the Vietnam War, and other major social changes.

    She's leavin' on a jet plane………oh babe, I hate to see you go.

    P.S. Karen Carpenter: Your group did a great cover of Leaving on a Jet Plane in 1972

  5. 5

    My mom used to listen to them. I grew up listening to oldies! And we have an oldies station here in MO! I always loved this group! RIP Mary!
    All my bags are packed, Im ready to go
    Im standing here outside your door
    I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
    But the dawn is breakin, its early morn
    The taxis waiting, hes blowin his horn
    Already Im so lonesome I could cry.
    So kiss me and smile for me
    Tell me that youll wait for me
    Hold me like youll never let me go.
    Im leavin on a jet plane
    I dont know when Ill be back again
    Oh, babe, I hate to go.
    Theres so many times Ive let you down
    So many times Ive played around
    I tell you now, they dont mean a thing
    Every place I go, I think of you
    Every song I sing, I sing for you
    When I come back, Ill wear your wedding ring.
    Now the time has come to leave you
    One more time let me kiss you
    Then close your eyes, Ill be on my way.
    Dream about the days to come
    When I wont have to leave alone
    About the times, I wont have to say,
    Leavin on a jet plane don't know when
    i'll be back again, oh babe I hate to go..

  6. 6

    RIP Mary. Peter, Paul and Mary were among the folks who bridged beatnik and the folk eras in music. When I was a kid my older brother had one of their albums called "In The Wind" that I really loved. Back in the day there were liner notes, which were musings of people in the music business, usually an artist or promoter, that told a story about the singer and the music. Bob Dylan wrote the liner notes for In The Wind, and it gave a reality to the feel of the times and the people who were singing about them. Maybe you can Google it, I don't know. I also thought Mary Travers was hot with that blonde hair and those high cheekbones. RIP Mary. The heavens are singing your songs today.

  7. 7

    Hi Crabby, can't reply to you. Just wanted to say hi! You are so funny! Have a good week!


  8. 8

    Re: Mad About Mad Men – …hey, thanks. My parents listened to this group and I think Kingston trio. One of the members lived in their neighborhood.

  9. 9

    Rest in Peace talented, groudbreaking lady! Your songs will live on probably forever. That is quite a legacy to leave.

  10. 10

    7 measely comments? is that all she's worth? just goes to prove that people nowadays are so caught up in the disposable and meaningless, that they don't even realise it when something culturally significant happens. sad times.

  11. Jai says – reply to this


    This is such terrible news, she had a beautiful voice and a wonderful spirit.

  12. 12

    DAMN!! Too many celebs are dying off!! :(

  13. 13

    Re: karencarpenter – Hi Karen! Hope all is well with you.

  14. 14

    If i had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning!

  15. 15

    She was amazing! Hope she is at peace =(

  16. 16

    she lived in redding, ct? i live in ridgefield, the town over, and i got my appendix removed at the hospital that she died in.

  17. 17

    RIP Mary

  18. 18

    I had dinner with Mary at her beautiful house in CT. with her sweet husband, Ethan and my sister (who met Mary through her medical practice). We had such a great time and she is truly a gem! She braved her illness with such dignity and grace. She had a great sense of humor and was so very humble. I feel so lucky to have had this incredible experience with her and I will treasure that memory forever……R.I.P. Mary

    Mary was the most lo

  19. 19

    Looks like Michele Williams.

  20. 20

    I loved their music

  21. 21

    RIP! Love!

  22. 22

    If course she died. Who hasn't?

  23. 23

    With health and family problems, she had it pretty tough. You knew where you stood with her. A fine performer! We are losing so many fine performers this year.