Hogan's Alley

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Passing of Mary Travers

Mary Travers of the 60's folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, died yesterday at my local hospital in Danbury, Connecticut.  She lived for years in a neighboring town to mine.

She was, of course, one of the major attractions of the folk boom, being as lovely and passionate,and well, hot, as she was.  Happily, the wonderful harmonies she participated in will continue to be available.

Here is a YouTube performance that is probably not the one most other bloggers will choose.  It leaves the contemporary protest songs they featured and reinterprets an older one from the Irish Troubles.

In this song you get, I think, a good sense of the power of the three voices together and a good sense of Mary's passion and power.  And it includes her signature flipping of her hair.  She was one of the great singers of our time.

Rest in Peace.

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