Mary Allin Travers, 1936 - 2009

portrait of Mary Travers
Photo by Kevin Mazur, courtesy of Peter, Paul and Mary

Born: 9 November 1936, Louisville, Kentucky
Died: 16 September 2009, Danbury, Connecticut

Travers' family moved to New York's Greenwich Village when she was two. She attended the Little Red School but was expelled in her junior year, then graduated from Elisabeth Irwin High School. While there she sang with the "Song Swappers", a group that recorded four albums with Pete Seeger in 1955. Albert Grossman, Peter Yarrow's manager, was looking to put together a group that would be an updated Weavers. After he met with Mary, she introduced Grossman and Yarrow to Noel Paul Stookey; Peter Paul and Mary was formed in 1961 and had a series of major folk hits including "Blowin' in the Wind", "If I Had a Hammer", and "Puff, the Magic Dragon". Grossman felt it would add to Mary's mysterious allure if she didn't speak on stage, so quotes are hard to find. The group broke up in 1970, with all three recording individually, but regrouped in 1978 and toured extensively until Travers was diagnosed with leukemia in September of 2004. She died from complications related to chemotherapy.

Biography from Wikipedia and New York Times obituary

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