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Mary Travers

Folk Singer Mary Travers

Profession: Folk Singer

United States of America

Biography: Mary Travers was a member of the very successful and influential folk group Peter Paul and Mary that also included Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey.

The trio released their first album "Peter, Paul and Mary" in 1962 and continued to release albums until their breakup in 1970. Some of their most famous songs include "Puff the Magic Dragon", Bob Dylan's "Blowin in the Wind" and their version of John Denver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane"

Although the group never stopped meeting to play together they reformed in 1981 and continued recording and touring until Travers death from the effects of Leukemia in 2009.

Born: November 9, 1936
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: September 16, 2009 (aged 72)
Cause of Death: Leukemia

Married Life

  • 1963-10-15 American folk singer Mary Travers (26) weds American portrait photographer Barry Feinstein (32); divorce in 1967
  • 1991-07-06 Folk singer Mary Travers (54) weds restaurateur Ethan Robbins

Historical Events

  • 1962-10-20 Peter, Paul and Mary's debut folk album "Peter, Paul and Mary" reaches No. 1 on US album charts
  • 1969-12-14 "Leaving on a Jet Plane" single sung by Peter, Paul and Mary, written by John Denver hits #1 on US Billboard's Hot Top 100

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