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Obit: Mary Travers has died (1936-2009)

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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Nov 09 - 10:07 AM

Oops, glad you caught that. Dyslexia at work!

Look for my friend Tom if you're going!

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: goatfell
Date: 07 Nov 09 - 09:19 AM

rip Mary


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 06 Nov 09 - 11:35 PM

God Blessed us all with Mary Travers, no matter what music we musicians play today, Mary, sweet Mary, was an influence, at sometime in our lives....Goodbye, Dearest,..We'll see you later!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Dave Masterson
Date: 06 Nov 09 - 09:02 AM

Am I out of touch – I had no idea Mary had passed on. I was on holiday at the time and did not see the news, so am so thankful to SSR for posting re the memorial celebration and bringing it to my attention.

I suppose I should have been prepared for this considering her recent health problems, but it still doesn't lessen the shock of losing someone I have held in high esteem for nearly 50 years.

As I have said on another thread, back in the early 60's I was finding 'pap' music more and more tedious, but thankfully PP&M were there to fill the growing vacuum, and fuel my interest in folk music.

Thank you Mary, for all the joy you have brought us through the years. I hope you have found peace.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Tradsinger
Date: 05 Nov 09 - 01:52 PM

Peter, Paul and Mary were such a great influence on me, and still are. Please pass on condolences to the family from the UK.

Tradsinger


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 05 Nov 09 - 01:48 PM

Not this afternoon - this coming Monday afternoon, the 9th of November, which would have been Mary's 73rd birthday.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Nov 09 - 11:34 AM

That memorial is this afternoon. My friend Tom Bernardin is going (he's the one who wrote the Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook that some of you have picked up in Mudcat auctions). About 6' tall and a big white beard. Say "hi" if you see him!

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Nov 09 - 10:34 PM

Riverside is in Manhattan.

link


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Effsee
Date: 04 Nov 09 - 10:31 PM

(NYC) it appears.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Deckman
Date: 04 Nov 09 - 10:21 PM

WHERE ?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Nov 09 - 10:08 PM

Mary Travers Memorial Is Scheduled for Nov. 9.
New York Times

A memorial celebration of the life and music of the folk singer Mary Travers will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday at Riverside Church.

Ms. Travers, who with Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey formed the renowned trio Peter, Paul and Mary, died on Sept. 16.

Besides Mr. Yarrow and Mr. Stookey, participants in the celebration will include Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Tom Paxton, Anne Meara, Eli Wallach, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Moyers, Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts and former Senators George S. McGovern and Max Cleland.

The service will be open to the public. Tickets will be available on the day of the event on a first-come-first-served basis. Half the seats will be reserved for invited guests. The church is at 490 Riverside Drive, between 120th and 122nd Streets, in Morningside Heights.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: BK Lick
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 02:32 AM

Here's video from a 1969 TV show of PP&M with John Denver,
singing his Leaving On A Jet Plane.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: GUEST,Karen
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 12:28 AM

The first time I saw PP&M was at Forest Hills in NY in the mid to late 60s. The last time I saw them was as a member of the NY Choral Society, performing with them in their annual Christmas concert at Carnegie Hall in the 80s, the year before the album version of that concert was released. It was an incredible experience and one that I re-live every time I hear that music. Thank you Mary for some wonderful memories.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: bbc
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 09:10 PM

Sad news. So many special people dying near the same time.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: fat B****rd
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 03:15 PM

Beautiful voice. I only ever actually owned 'Too Much Of Nothing'.
RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Jeri
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 12:59 PM

The following obituary from the Guardian is by Dave Laing
Peter, Paul and Mary were the most successful vocal group of the American folk revival of the 1960s. In particular, they were responsible for bringing the music of Bob Dylan to a mass audience through their hit record of his Blowin' in the Wind. With her powerful voice and long blonde hair, Mary Travers, who has died aged 72, was the focal point of the trio.

She was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but her journalist parents moved to Greenwich Village, New York, when she was two years old. She attended progressive private schools and recalled that folk music was "a very integral part of the liberal left experience. It was writers, sculptors, painters, whatever, listening to Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, the Weavers. People sang in Washington Square park on Sundays and you really did not have to have a lot of talent to sing folk music." At high school, she was a member of the Song Swappers, an ad hoc chorus that accompanied Seeger on several recordings. After graduation, Travers had no ambition to perform, although she occasionally sang in folk clubs and appeared in the comedian Mort Sahl's Broadway show The Next President, in 1958.

The group was formed in 1960 by the folk impresario Albert Grossman, who saw a commercial opportunity for a male and female trio to emulate the success of the all-male Kingston Trio. He already managed Peter Yarrow and Travers brought in Noel Stookey, a stand-up comedian and singer, who adopted his middle name, Paul, for the purposes of the new group. Travers once said that the name was also inspired by the folk-song lyric "I saw Peter, Paul and Moses, playing ring around the roses".

Grossman hired the arranger and producer Milt Okun to rehearse the trio. He smoothed out their harmonies and trained their individual voices. "I had a tendency to sometimes go flat and Milt fixed it," said Travers. Six months later, in 1961, Peter, Paul and Mary made their professional debut at the Bitter End coffee house, Greenwich Village. Yarrow explained that Grossman's plan was for Travers to be a kind of American Brigitte Bardot, a "sex object for the college male", maintaining her mystique by not talking to audiences.

A recording contract with Warner Bros soon followed, although the company's executives were nervous about the "beatnik" image projected by Travers's long hair and casual clothes and the men's goatee beards. Peter, Paul and Mary's contract gave them an advance of $30,000 and control over album cover art. The first, eponymous album was issued in 1962. It soon rose to No 1 in the US and sold more than 2m copies there. The album also produced two hit singles with the traditional song Lemon Tree and If I Had a Hammer – a spiritual associated with Seeger. Puff, the Magic Dragon, a children's song co-written by Yarrow which was sometimes claimed to contain coded drug references, was another big early hit.

By 1963 Grossman was also managing Dylan, and Peter, Paul and Mary recorded several of his songs, replacing the composer's idiosyncratic diction with their punchy but conventional harmonies. In the summer of that year, the trio had massive hits with Blowin' in the Wind, which also made the UK Top 20, and Don't Think Twice, It's All Right. In that year, too, the group were headliners at the Newport folk festival, where they sang Blowin' in the Wind alongside Dylan, Seeger and Joan Baez.

Peter, Paul and Mary were strongly committed to civil rights. Travers often said that Blowin' in the Wind was her favourite song and that her most important performance was in Washington at the climax of Martin Luther King's march on Washington. "Imagine singing that song in front of a quarter of a million people, black and white, who believed they could make America more generous and compassionate in a non-violent way."

The group's success also led to an invitation to sing at the official celebration of president John F Kennedy's second year in office. Travers had to buy a long dress and long gloves for the occasion.

Although acoustic music and the folk revival was eclipsed in the mid-1960s by rock and folk-rock, Peter, Paul and Mary remained popular throughout the decade. They recorded hit singles with a song by the rising Canadian star Gordon Lightfoot, For Lovin' Me, the tongue-in-cheek I Dig Rock and Roll Music, part-written by Stookey, and another Dylan piece, When the Ship Comes In. Their final hit, and their only US No 1 single, was the John Denver composition Leaving on a Jet Plane, in 1969. It was also their biggest UK hit, reaching No 2 in 1970.

When the group split up that year, Travers continued as a soloist. She recorded five albums in the 1970s, though none emulated the trio's success. She also hosted an interview-based radio show for several years. The trio eventually reunited in 1978 to play a benefit concert for anti-nuclear causes. They toured and recorded occasionally over the next two decades. The title song of their 1986 album, No Easy Walk to Freedom, was dedicated to Nelson Mandela. In that year, Peter, Paul and Mary performed at the Martin Luther King birthday celebrations in Washington, reprising Blowin' in the Wind with Dylan.

In 2005, Travers was diagnosed with leukaemia and underwent bone marrow transplant surgery. She was able to return to performing, but earlier this year her condition worsened. She is survived by her fourth husband, Ethan Robbins, two daughters, Alicia and Erika, from a previous marriage, and two grandchildren.

• Mary Allin Travers, singer, born 9 November 1936; died 16 September 2009


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: t.jack
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 12:37 PM

Holsome and beautiful have a peaceful journey


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 11:13 AM

I was in the army in 1961 when I first heard a recording of PPM at a local record shop in Tacoma, Washington. It was quite a change of pace from The Kingston Trio and some of the other groups which did not normally take on "sensitive" topics such as war and social injustice. The Chad Mitchell Trio might have been the only real popular counterpart.

Musically, I found them refreshing for their rather straightforward guitar work and harmonies. They didn't sound as "arranged" as some of the other groups. Over the ensuing years, I saw them probably three times in concert. Frankly, I found Mary's constant flailing about of her voluminous blonde hair a bit distracting, but her singing overcame that. She, and her mates, gave a powerful voice to many real concerns and helped empower those who felt compelled to address them.

As for any other folk ensemble of that time, there were those who felt that PPM was not so much a folk group as a "message" group or a political group. They were sometimes even caricatured by their opponents, but persevered over many years. Their beliefs, whether or not one agreed with them, were transparent and powerfully stated.

They seemed to have an almost symbiotic relationship with Bob Dylan early on. Both he and Gordon Lightfoot, among others, owe at least a portion of their later popularity to PPM's performances of their songs.

For Mary Travers, but also for Peter, Paul and their legion of fans, I wish her a bon voyage. She'll be in great company.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: maeve
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 10:41 AM

As a beginning singer so many years ago, what struck me about Mary's singing with Peter and Paul was the way she maintained her individual sound within the Celtic knot of harmonies they wove together. I learned so very much from listening to her singing, and from the joy on her face as she sang. Thank you.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: CupOfTea
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 10:24 AM

Mary and her bandmates weren't just OF the times, they MADE the times what they were. If you get extra credit in heaven for all the people you influenced in a positive way, I bet she get first row seats.

Mary was the one who planted the seed in me, long before the women of my generation wanted to grow up and be Joan Baez. PP&M music books were among the first I bought with babysitting money. She "played well with others, " had a stupendously powerful voice, a clean, direct sense of issues and standing for one's position. She could be political without being dogmatic and tiresome, Traditional without being boring, living up to all the positive things without slipping into cliche (Can't blame PP&M for anything more than recording "Puff"- after that the song takes on a life of it's own, yanno?)

Joanne in Cleveland


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 07:43 AM

The post above was from me, had not logged in.
Just discovered I share Mary's Birthday.....will sing for her on the Day.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 07:37 AM

I always thought this sing of PPM was underrated. Fly free , Mary.


If I had wings no one would ask me should I fly
The bird sings, and no one asks her why.
I can see in myself wings as I feel them
If you see something else, keep your thoughts to yourself,
I'll fly free then.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: GUEST,Ed Brown
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 06:18 AM

As much as we may kid about the "folk scare" of the 60's, It was people like Mary Travers who, by popularizing the music, helped to introduce a lot of us to the joy of folk music and to the challenge of the messages conveyed by its lyrics.

We are so sad that she will not continue on with us in future time, but so glad she was here with us in past time ... and remains with us in the eternity we share.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Fidjit
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 12:23 AM

Mary was Mary and always will be. Only one Mary.

Chas


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: GUEST,Guy Wolff
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 12:07 AM

I really enjoyed our friendship and her visits to my shop in Woodville . She was so kind to me and always a hug and kiss . Tons of love from her friend at the pottery shop. Guy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: GUEST,murrbob
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 11:11 PM

Two days ago had a 300 mile drive to make; by chance, put on PP&M. Sang along with a sad but beautiful song that Paul wrote and Mary sang -- No Other Name.
    "I'll die alone away from my home,
      Nobody knows where I came;
      The stone at my head will say I am dead,
      It knows me by no other name."

    Well, Mary, I know you died, not alone, but with the love and gratitude of thousands of people like myself whom you inspired. "No other name" is needed on your stone: 'Mary Travers' is enough to remind us all of your power and beauty.

-- bob --


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: KenM
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 10:54 PM

We were all richer for that wonderful voice and we are all poorer that it has been silenced.

Bruce...I know what she meant to you and I share your grief.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Peace
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 10:12 PM

Open message to Joe Frazier and Paul Prestopino: Thank you very much, Paul, for getting that 'thing' to her. Now I'm gonna go somewhere and have a good cry. Thanks for arranging that, Joe.

Bruce Murdoch


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: GUEST,David Ruiz
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 09:56 PM

Farewell Mary. Your voice will live in my heart forever. You may be gone but you'll never be forgotten.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Stringsinger
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 08:25 PM

Mary Travers gone. It's hard to believe. It seems yesterday that Al Grossman put the trio together and introduced them at the Gate of Horn.

Mary Travers was a powerful personality. She was the indisputable Queen of Washington Square every Sunday in those days in the Fifties. She may have been born elsewhere
but she was New York.

She was magnanimous. It will take time to sort this out. Those of us who knew her
are probably speechless now. Peter and Noel said the goodbye words eloquently.

I'll have more to say after I process this grief.

Frank Hamilton


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: GUEST,lefthanded guitar
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 08:10 PM

Her voice was truly beautiful and meaningful and was the one I heard most deeply in PP&M's inseparable harmonies. R.I.P.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: voyager
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 07:45 PM

This Fall, we shall go a Souling for Mary Travers -

Souling Song (Mudcat Thread)

A Soalin' (Peter Paul & Mary Version)

Soal, a soal, a soal cake, please good missus a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
any good thing to make us all merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Her who made us all.

God bless the master of this house, and the mistress also

voyager


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: SuperKrone
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 06:44 PM

"When I die please bury me deep, Down at the end of Bleeker Street..."

Surely there will be meetings, on Bleeker St. and elsewhere, to sing and weep and call her name.

I'm about to light a cnadle, and I'll be singing, all by myself,
songs I remember her singing.

Persephone make her bed soft and wide.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Beer
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 04:34 PM

Sympathies to all her love ones.
A very big loss for followers of folk.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 04:28 PM

I met Mary just once, at a gathering backstage after a Peter Paul and Mary concert in Austin, TX in '94. She was graceful, composed, and very much the elegant hostess in this reception held in their honor. It was a privilege to meet her and to see her perform.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Little Robyn
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 03:37 PM

"Chose to leave us"
I hope, when my time comes, that I am able to choose the time to make an exit.
P,P&M came to NZ over 40 years ago (was it 65, or 64? I was there!) and we had a chance to meet them.
Mary towered over me (they all did) and she was stunning. We loved their music and learnt heaps from their songs.
"Now the time has come to leave you....."
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: gnu
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 03:19 PM

Thanks. RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: sapper82
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 02:57 PM

Thankyou Mary. You gave us a lot of pleasure with your music and though many will miss you, you now have your well earned rest.
God Speed


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: open mike
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 02:49 PM

Here she is with Joni Mitchel & Mamma Cass singing I shall Be Released.
Same show as above--same clothes and setting.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aYAUE6is7I


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 01:33 PM

She gave us all much pleaure. Peter, Paul and Mary will live on in remembrance and in their recordings.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: squeezeboxhp
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 01:25 PM

sad , spotify on in the background


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: evansakes
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 01:04 PM

I always loved the way Mary put so much energy and passion into singing even the most gentle of songs.

I'm a bit young to remember her much from the 60's (apart from what they played on 'Children's Favourites'....invariably just 'Puff') but I remember her fondly on a series she did for the BBC in the early 70's.

It's not particularly folky but here's her take on a great Laura Nyro song....and one that's sadly appropriate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCob_153AjA


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Rex
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 12:23 PM

Mary, Paul and Peter, they introduced the old ballads to so many that knew nothing of them. And they had the guts to take a stand. Even the Beatles in the 60s felt their relevance, but refered to them as "Pizza, Pooh and Magpie". Sad that Mary is gone. What a voice.

Rex


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 12:10 PM

I am very sad at hearing this news. I loved the music they made and I will always treasure my memories of seeing them live. I never felt that PPM got near the credit they deserved both as musicians and as activists. May she rest in peace..P am truly very sad.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: topical tom
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 12:07 PM

A beautiful woman with a strong, wondrous voice has passed on. Regretfully, I never got to see Mary(nor Peter and Paul)perform live, but the glorious vision of Mary's locks of hair blowing in the wind even as she sang that very song so beautifully, will stay forever in my memory.We of the folk music world have truly lost a treasure. RIP Mary.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 12:03 PM

I only saw PPM live once in Birminham UK in the 1960s and was a bit taken aback to see them in DJs, frilly shirts and evening gown but always enjoyed their music. It's a pity (IMHO) that radio & tv tributes will inevitably play Puff the bleeding dragon a song I hate with a passion, rather than their grown-up songs, but that's just me being a miserable old sod. A sad end for a beautiful singer.

RtS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: alanabit
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 11:39 AM

She will be very much missed. Peter, Paul and Mary's career showed more than most others how you can make very moving music with simple musical tools.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Derby Ram
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 11:39 AM

This news fills me with immense sadness and leaves me feeling everso slightly forlorn. Though I never had the good fortune to meet Mary (or Peter or Paul for that matter) she (and they) has/have been part of my life for most of it - some 47 years! Along with The Weavers, The Carter Family, Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, she was among the first folkie voices I heard late at night over the pirate radio stations of the day and singularly, the principle voice that sparked and kept my interest in the folk idiom right up to today!

There have been other great inspirational performers since, many of them English (mostly because I am), but without Mary I might never have heard any of them.
She was so significant in my early personal development as a performer and the awakening and deepening of my passion for the music, I almost feel related.

I can't imagine a world without her voice and, thanks to all the recordings I don't have to endure that, but I (not to mention the world) has clearly lost much more than a great singer - we have all lost a prime example of a top drawer Human Being of extraodinary compassion and commitment to all things promoting the delicate art of living peacefully together on this small planet.

There always seems to be a shortage of her kind, but I hope that the memory of her example will ultimately help to spread the blue-print far and wide and eventually sufficiently subdue the greed and selfishness of the world that she and I have spent a lifetime in abhorrence of.

Mary - thank you so much for your music and everything. R.I.P.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Skivee
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 11:26 AM

Peter Paul and Mary taught me so much about playing guitar and singing in harmony.
What of the world where we can no longer hear the footsteps of the giants?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 11:22 AM

I am sad to hear she is gone. She is part of my roots in folk music. I thank her for that. She also was committed to what she believed in and I admired her for that. I'll play so PP&M today. Too many tears.

Roger in Baltimore


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