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Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)

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DAY IS DONE
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PUFF, THE MAGIC DRAGON
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Subject: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: GUEST,Mary Katherine
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 08:54 PM

This is sad news, but expected. Just got this note from Peter Yarrow:
    Surrounded by love with a spirit of quiet, grateful, celebration amongst
    many friends who had gathered to be with her, Mary chose to leave us a few
    minutes before 7:30 pm, this evening.

    She was in no pain and was able to understand and respond to spoken words
    even up to some time late in the afternoon, just a few hours before her
    pasing.

    I was able to convey the thoughts, messages of appreciation and love, from
    many of you who contacted me.

    It was an honor and a blessing to have been with Mary in this last, powerful
    chapter in her life. She was Mary to a "T" until the end, nodding yesterday
    when asked if she wanted to go shopping with the girls at the Mall, gently
    (but clearly) slapping away the arm of a nurse who didn't stop doing
    something to Mary when she asked her not to (all this with her eyes
    unopened). I could sense her delight when I came to sit with her, massage
    her fingers as I always did on tour, and tell her all the things worth
    saying to express my love, for quite a long period of time during the day.

    She was a giant of a person, in spirit and heart, till the end. Missing her
    has only just begun.

    Love to you all,

    Peter


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Alice
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 08:58 PM

Oh, that is sad news.

Thank you for all those wonderful years of song.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: olddude
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 09:14 PM

shocked and saddened, Thank you Mary for all the years of joy you gave me with your music

In Gods Arms
Dan


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Mrrzy
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 09:14 PM

Aw, man. What a sorrow.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: GUEST,Mary Katherine
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 09:16 PM

I don't know why the first line disappeared. Should have read:
    Surrounded by love with a spirit of quiet, grateful, celebration amongst many friends who had gathered to be with her, Mary chose to leave us a few minutes before 7:30 pm, this evening....

    HTML fixed in original message, and duplicate deleted from this message.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Sorcha
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 09:31 PM

Well shit.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Janie
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 09:31 PM

Thank you for letting us know, Mary Katherine. May she and all who love her, know peace.

Thank you Ms. Travers, for your music. That is all I knew of you, your music. My own life path has been so much richer because of that.

Had she any notion of the seeds she planted in so many lives?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: open mike
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 09:34 PM

For those who do not know.
She was Mary of Peter, Paul and Mary
http://www.peterpaulandmary.com/

we have discussed her life and illness here:
http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=86968&messages=18
http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=77220
http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=76294

Rest in Peace, Mary. Thanks for the music.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 09:35 PM

An angel returns home! Heaven's gain is our loss but she will live long in memory! RIP!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 09:36 PM

Damn! This has got to stop. Too many going too close together.

The next angelic voice will surely be Mary's. God Speed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: KT
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 09:37 PM

So, so heavy hearted hearing this news ~ I think I'll just rest with it awhile, and maybe post more later.
So grateful to Mary, and Peter and Paul, for all of the stirring you caused in so many hearts and souls...KT


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: GUEST,Mary Katherine
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 09:38 PM

Actually they have taken down the www.peterpaulandmary.com website temporarily in order, I'm sure, to post the notice of her passing. It should be back up soon.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: bobad
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 09:39 PM

I am saddened.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: GUEST,hg
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 09:59 PM

"I'm leavin' on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again..."


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: open mike
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 10:15 PM

or maybe it was flooded..i had trouble opening it.
now obits are beginning to appear

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=8596736

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i0Lq0ucnPygdqSUIrWSoM5pge2AgD9AOOVA04

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32886244/ns/entertainment-music/

Mike Regenstreif and Ron Olesko have also posted remembrances
Mikes is at: frfb.blogspot.com


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Maryrrf
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 10:17 PM

RIP Mary. You will be missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Amergin
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 10:20 PM

That's such a shame....she always seemed so genuine...having a sense of humour....while the other two seemed like pompous asses....


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Azizi
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 10:27 PM

Thank you for lifting us higher through your wonderful voice and spirit.

**

I assume that a listing of Mudcat threads for Mary Travers will be added to this thread. Here are the hyperlinks to non-Mudcat threads that open mike posted:

http://www.peterpaulandmary.com/

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=8596736

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i0Lq0ucnPygdqSUIrWSoM5pge2AgD9AOOVA04

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32886244/ns/entertainment-music/

http://www.frfb.blogspot.com


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: GUEST,Martha Burns
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 10:29 PM

Peter, Paul and Mary played a very moving set at the antiwar vigil held near the Lincoln Memorial just after 9-11-01, when most of the country was so set on retaliation. That's how I'll always remember Mary Travers.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 10:40 PM

Like, Janie, I am going to have to sit with this for a while...truly a sad, sad loss.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: bankley
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 10:45 PM

a legend and powerful influence in many lives...

In Peace


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: artbrooks
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 11:04 PM

Memories and tears.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: GUEST,Rapaire
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 11:09 PM

A great loss of a great lady. At least she was with us!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: MissouriMud
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 11:42 PM

I cannot grieve at this point - I can only think how blessed we were to have had her voice amongst us. She will live on in that wonderful harmonious music.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Acme
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 11:59 PM

http://www.peterpaulandmary.com/ It's up again, with photos and statements.

I think I have a tape of a concert from PBS a few years ago. I'll put that in to play and let this sink in. This feels so much larger than the death of an individual.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: frogprince
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 12:11 AM

Almost 50 years of loving the lady. I'm so thankful for that, and so sad that there'll be no more. Thanks, good lady, for so much joy and inspiration.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: The Villan
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 01:20 AM

So sorry to hear this. I am a big fan of PP&M

RIP Mary


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: eddie1
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 02:03 AM

Don't know any red-blooded male who went through the sixties who was not deeply in love with this beautiful, tall, long-haired, blonde lady with a voice like a steam-hammer when it needed to be.
Will be playing some PP&M tracks on my radio programme today.

We'll miss you Mary. Thanks for being you.

Eddie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 02:20 AM

She was such a beautiful, wonderful person that you thought she should live forever. I think she's been miserable for a good number of years, so her death may be a blessing to her. May the rest in peace.
-Joe-

Here's the Associated Press obituary, from Yahoo:


    Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary dead at 72
    By JAY LINDSAY, Associated Press Writer Jay Lindsay, Associated Press Writer
    Wed Sep 16, 10:27 pm ET

    BOSTON – Mary Travers, who as one-third of the hugely popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary helped popularize such tunes as "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" and "If I Had a Hammer," died Wednesday after battling leukemia for several years. She was 72.

    The band's publicist, Heather Lylis, says Travers died at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut.

    Bandmate Peter Yarrow said that in her final months, Travers handled her declining health with bravery and generosity, showing her love to friends and family "with great dignity and without restraint."

    "It was, as Mary always was, honest and completely authentic," he said. "That's the way she sang, too; honestly and with complete authenticity."

    Noel "Paul" Stookey, the trio's other member, praised Travers for her inspiring activism, "especially in her defense of the defenseless."

    "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," he said.

    Mary Allin Travers was born on Nov. 9, 1936 in Louisville, Ky., the daughter of journalists who moved the family to Manhattan's bohemian Greenwich Village. She quickly became enamored with folk performers like the Weavers, and was soon performing with Pete Seeger, a founding member of the Weavers who lived in the same building as the Travers family.

    With a group called the Song Swappers, Travers backed Seeger on one album and two shows at Carnegie Hall. She also appeared (as one of a group of folk singers) in a short-lived 1958 Broadway show called "The Next President," starring comedian Mort Sahl.

    It wasn't until she met up with Yarrow and Stookey that Travers would taste success on her own. Yarrow was managed by Albert B. Grossman, who later worked in the same capacity for Bob Dylan.

    In the book "Positively 4th Street" by David Hajdu, Travers recalled that Grossman's strategy was to "find a nobody that he could nurture and make famous."

    The budding trio, boosted by the arrangements of Milt Okun, spent seven months rehearsing in her Greenwich Village apartment before their 1961 public debut at the Bitter End.

    Their beatnik look — a tall blonde flanked by a pair of goateed guitarists — was a part of their initial appeal. As The New York Times critic Robert Shelton put it not long afterward, "Sex appeal as a keystone for a folk-song group was the idea of the group's manager ... who searched for months for `the girl' until he decided on Miss Travers."

    The trio mingled their music with liberal politics, both onstage and off. Their version of "If I Had a Hammer" became an anthem for racial equality. Other hits included "Lemon Tree," "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and "Puff (The Magic Dragon.)"

    They were early champions of Dylan and performed his "Blowin' in the Wind" at the August 1963 March on Washington.

    And they were vehement in their opposition to the Vietnam War, managing to stay true to their liberal beliefs while creating music that resonated in the American mainstream.

    The group collected five Grammy Awards for their three-part harmony on enduring songs like "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" and "Blowin' in the Wind."

    At one point in 1963, three of their albums were in the top six Billboard best-selling LPs as they became the biggest stars of the folk revival movement.

    It was heady stuff for a trio that had formed in the early 1960s in Greenwich Village, running through simple tunes like "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

    Their debut album came out in 1962, and immediately scored a pair of hits with their versions of "If I Had a Hammer" and "Lemon Tree." The former won them Grammys for best folk recording, and best performance by a vocal group.

    "Moving" was the follow-up, including the hit tale of innocence lost, "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" — which reached No. 2 on the charts, and generated since-discounted reports that it was an ode to marijuana.

    Album No. 3, "In the Wind," featured three songs by the 22-year-old Dylan. "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" and "Blowin' in the Wind" both reached the top 10, bringing Dylan's material to a massive audience; the latter shipped 300,000 copies during one two-week period.

    "Blowin' In the Wind" became an another civil rights anthem, and Peter, Paul and Mary fully embraced the cause. They marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Ala., and performed with him in Washington.

    In a 1966 New York Times interview, Travers said the three worked well together because they respected one another. "There has to be a certain amount of love just in order for you to survive together," she said. "I think a lot of groups have gone down the tubes because they were not able to relate to one another."

    With the advent of the Beatles and Dylan's switch to electric guitar, the folk boom disappeared. Travers expressed disdain for folk-rock, telling the Chicago Daily News in 1966 that "it's so badly written. ... When the fad changed from folk to rock, they didn't take along any good writers."

    But the trio continued their success, scoring with the tongue-in-cheek single "I Dig Rock and Roll Music," a gentle parody of the Mamas and the Papas, in 1967 and the John Denver-penned "Leaving on a Jet Plane" two years later.

    They also continued as boosters for young songwriters, recording numbers written by then-little-known Gordon Lightfoot and Laura Nyro.

    In 1969, the group earned their final Grammy for "Peter, Paul and Mommy," which won for best children's album. They disbanded in 1971, launching solo careers — Travers released five albums — that never achieved the heights of their collaborations.

    Over the years they enjoyed several reunions, including a performance at a 1978 anti-nuclear benefit organized by Yarrow and a 35th anniversary album, "Lifelines," with fellow folkies Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Dave Van Ronk and Seeger. A boxed set of their music was released in 2004.

    They remained politically active as well, performing at the 1995 anniversary of the Kent State shootings and performing for California strawberry pickers.

    Travers had undergone a successful bone marrow transplant to treat her leukemia and was able to return to performing after that.

    "It was like a miracle," Travers told The Associated Press in 2006. "I'm just feeling fabulous. What's incredible is someone has given your life back. I'm out in the garden today. This time last year I was looking out a window at a hospital." She also said she told the marrow donor "how incredibly grateful I was."

    But by mid-2009, Yarrow told WTOP radio in Washington that her condition had worsened again and he thought she would no longer be able to perform.

    Travers lived for many years in Redding, Conn. She is survived by her husband, Ethan Robbins and daughters, Alicia and Erika.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 02:44 AM

Wonderful lady. Loved Peter Paul and Mary when I was little. Thought they were twee when I was a teen, then forgot about them. Recently come back around to being delighted by their music. I am gonna focus on the great legacy.

Thank you Mary. Sing with my Andie, will ya?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Big Tim
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 03:35 AM

Words fail, a legend lost.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 03:37 AM

I've just been reading Peter's tribute to her, and what absolutely magical words, so filled with love.

It seems to me that she filled every moment of her life, this time round, with love and care for others. She's an outstanding example of how this world *should* be, and if most of us had just a fraction of the love she was blessed with how very different this planet would be.

Rejoice that Mary lived in the times we do too..rejoice that we had her voice, her music, her wonderful world-illuminating smile that beamed out from under that mass of beautiful blonde hair...She was part of my childhood, as were Peter and Paul...and whenever I watched her on TV I always found myself smiling, smiling.

She was beautiful, inside and out, all her life through....and neither of those beauties ever faded from her.

To have words left behind for you, as Peter has done, shows that you got everything in your life right....

And, just in case people can't open the link above, for whatever reason, to Peter's words on their website..here they are..

>>>Statement by Peter Yarrow
"In her final months, Mary handled her declining health in the bravest, most generous way imaginable. She never complained. She avoided expressing her emotional and physical distress, trying not to burden those of us who loved her, especially her wonderfully caring and attentive husband, Ethan. Mary hid whatever pain or fear she might have felt from everyone, clearly so as not to be a burden. Her love for me and Noel Paul, and for Ethan, poured out 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. I believe that, in the most profound of ways, Mary was incapable of lying, as a person, and as an artist. That took great courage, and Mary was always equal to the task.

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of my relationship with Mary Travers over the last, almost, 50 years, is how open and honest we were with each other, and I include Noel Paul Stookey in this equation. Such honesty comes with a price, but when you get past the hurt and shock of realizing that you're faulted and frequently wrong, you also realize that you are really loved and respected for who you are, and you become a better person. The trio's growth, our creativity, our ability to emerge over the years completely accepting of one another, warts and all, was a miracle. This gift existed, I believe, because of the music itself, which elicited from each of us the best of who we were. When we performed together, we gave our best to each other and to the audiences who came to hear us.

I have no idea what it will be like to have no Mary in my world, in my life, or on stage to sing with. But I do know there will always be a hole in my heart, a place where she will always exist that will never be filled by any other person. However painful her passing is, I am forever grateful for Mary and her place in my life." - Peter Yarrow<<<

                                       



Beautiful words for a Beautiful Lady.


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

RIP, Mary. Thanks for the example you set, in music and in life.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: kendall
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 09:28 AM

There are no words.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 09:47 AM

Where have all the flowers gone? RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Folk Form # 1
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 09:57 AM

When I was a small boy, Puff the Magic Dragon was my favourite record. She had a lovely voice. She was also quite pretty. She could make anything sound good and good songs sound like they should.

PS "Mary chose to leave us." ??? Really Mary Katherine. I assume you meant that she died?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 10:08 AM

The words "Mary chose to leave us" were Peter Yarrow's, not mine, as was the entire note from him that I posted above.
I *think* what he meant was that she chose to end aggressive treatment and chose to allow her life to end peacefully in hospice care. However, he was understandably upset when he wrote it, so he might just have phrased it oddly. OR he just might not have wanted to use the word "died," so in his grief was searching for some other way to say it. Dunno.


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

If you miss the train I'm on, you will know that I am gone...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: BuckMulligan
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 11:14 AM

Damn, damn, damn.


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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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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: gnu
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 03:19 PM

Thanks. RIP.


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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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,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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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,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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Acme
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: Deckman
Date: 04 Nov 09 - 10:21 PM

WHERE ?


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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: Acme
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: Acme
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: goatfell
Date: 07 Nov 09 - 09:19 AM

rip Mary


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mary Travers has died (Sept. 2009)
From: Acme
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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