Sep 17, 2009

Mary Travers

Another sad news today, Mary Travers, the female third of the wildly popular folk trio "Peter, Paul & Mary" passed away September 16 after battling leukemia at the age of 72. She passed away at Danbury Hospital in Danbury Connecticut.

In 1969, their cover of the John Denver song "Leaving On A Jet Plane" became their only number one single. The trio broke up in 1970 to pursue solo careers, but never matched the success they enjoyed as a band.

Travers dived into activist work, speaking out about the challenges facing Russian "Refusnik" Jews whose applications to emigrate from the Soviet Union were denied, in support of human rights in Central America, and against South African Apartheid.

The trio reunited often for concerts, but took a pause when Travers was diagnosed with cancer in 2004. She eventually had a bone marrow transplant, side effects of which contributed to her death. But not before reuniting for several tours that saw the group play dozens of concerts in recent years, including their final performance together in May 2009 in New Jersey. source: Inquirer


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