Mary Travers, of Peter, Paul and Mary, died today in hospital after battling cancer for several years. Read the full AP story at any of these sites: MSNBC, Yahoo or The New York Times. As someone who sang “Blowin’ in the Wind” along with my friend’s record as a pre-teen, walked out on a high school talent pageant runway to the music of “Leaving on a Jet Plane” and cried to the sound of “Day is Done” just a few years ago when a member of my family was overseas in a militarized zone, I feel that a piece of my life is gone. And yet all those wonderful songs will be with us for a long time. Mary will be remembered as part of the music that shaped many of our lives.Read More Add a Comment
Update: For more recent (good) news see this post.
As you might know, Mary Travers of Peter Paul & Mary is in the hospital gearing up for a bone marrow transplant (six matches were found!) — she will be hospitalized for at least the next six weeks. I have set up an address where you and your listeners can send Mary ‘get well’ wishes — I will print them out once a week and send them over (she cannot have visitors, so this is a way to help keep her entertained). In case you don’t know, Mary is very funny, sarcastic, loves a good joke — so if you know any good jokes, I’m sure she’d get a kick out of them. Over the years PP&M have proven to be one of the most enduring folk groups that talks the talk AND walks the walk, supporting good causes and doing countless benefits, so here’s a chance for us to help support her during a difficult time. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks so much — Christine Lavin
Thanks to Lary Hoyt for pointing this out.Read More Add a Comment