Mary Travers: 1936-2009

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Mary Travers of the legendary folk singing trio Peter, Paul, and Mary died of cancer Wednesday night. She was 72.

Travers passed away in Danbury Hospital in Connecticut due to chemotherapy treatment complications relating to a bone-marrow transplant she had after being diagnosed with leukemia several years ago.

Inspired by history's folk triplets like The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary offered a unique component with Travers' effeminate flavor. Her bellowing voice completed the palatable meld between the accompanying vocals of Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey. Together they coined mellifluous anthems like "Puff The Magic Dragon," John Denver's "Leaving on a Jetplane" and "Lemon Tree," from their 1962 self-titled debut. The record sold more than two million copies, climbing to No. 1 just weeks after its release.

Travers lived in Redding, Conn. She is survived by her fourth husband, her sister, two daughters and two grandchildren.

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