Mary Travers, of Peter, Paul and Mary, Dead at 72

Member of folk trio had been battling leukemia
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 16, 2009 8:27 PM CDT
In this 2005 file photo, from left, Peter Yarrow, Mary Travers, and Noel Stookey of the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary rehearse in New York.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Mary Travers, one-third of the hugely popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, died today after a battle with leukemia, the band's publicist says. She was 72. Travers joined forces with Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey in the early 1960s. The trio mingled their music with liberal politics, onstage and off. Their version of If I Had a Hammer became an anthem for racial equality. Other hits included Leaving on a Jet Plane and Puff (The Magic Dragon).