B72369 Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary Dies at 72

Mary Travers, best known as Mary from Peter, Paul and Mary passed away yesterday at the age of 72.  Peter, Paul and Mary were a legendary folk revival group that became popular during the 1960’s, creating such classics as “If I Had a Hammer”, “Puff The Magic Dragon” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane”.

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Mary was not only known for her music but also her championing of civil rights.  The entire group fought for change throughout the 60’s and were also well known for introducing the world to the work of a young Bob Dylan.  They sang “Blowin’ in the Wind” at peace rallies and protests and turned it into the movement’s anthem.

For me, I’ll always remember Mary’s voice from my childhood, when my parents would play me “Puff the Magic Dragon” over and over again.  It always calmed me and made me happy.  It still does.

R.I.P. Mary.

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