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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Folk singer Mary Travers dead at 72


Mary Travers, a one-third namesake of popular '60s and '70s folk group Peter, Paul & Mary, has died from complications following a bone marrow transplant in her fight against leukemia. She was 72.

Peter, Paul & Mary formed in a time of turmoil which was often reflected in their music and the events for which they often played in the '60s and '70s, including the famous 1963 march on Washington, D.C., where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his "I Have A Dream" speech. Throughout a five decade career, the trio won five Grammy Awards and scored 13 Top 40 hits (including six in the Top 10). Some of the group's most notable songs included "Puff The Magic Dragon," "Leavin' On A Jetplane" and "Where Have All The Flowers Gone."

They performed together as recently as May 20 in New Jersey - their final show.

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