Thursday, September 17, 2009

Peter, Paul, but no Mary

Mary Travers of Peter Paul and Mary has died aged 72. Mary began singing with Pete Seeger's backing group the Song Swappers and teamed up with Peter Yarrow and Noel 'Paul' Stookey in 1961. In the early sixties, before Bob Dylan became well known, Peter Paul and Mary's melodic but rather boring folk music was just about the most political material to hit the mainstream, with the possible exception of Joan Baez. And their versions of Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Blowin' In The Wind and If I Had A Hammer became anthems for radical youth. Later on they had big hits with Puff The Magic Dragon and Leaving On A Jet Plane and split up in 1970. They reformed and toured extensively. My photo shows them performing with Pete Seeger at the New Orleans Jazzfest in 1995.
Here are a couple of obituaries:


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