Mary Travers Dead At 72
September 17, 2009 at 4:45 AM (PT)
MARY TRAVERS, part of the 1960s folk music trio PETER, PAUL and MARY, died WEDNESDAY in a CONNECTICUT hospital, after suffering from leukemia for several years. She was 72.
PETER, PAUL and MARY exposed much of the country to BOB DYLAN by helping to turn his "Blowin' in the Wind" into a national anthem. The group reunited several years ago to begin touring, and TRAVERS performed with them until a few months ago, even when she needed assistance on stage.
TRAVERS, along with bandmates PAUL STOOKEY and PETER YARROW, saw folk music both as an art and as an instrument for political and social change. "I'm not sure I want to be singing 'Leaving on a Jet Plane' when I'm 75," she said in one interview. "But I know I'll still be singing 'Blowin' in the Wind.'"