Mary Travers Blowin in the Wind

Mary Travers, the Mary of Peter, Paul and Mary, has died at the age of 72, after a long fight with leukemia. Mary joined Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey to form Peter Paul and Mary in 1961, her voice producing a stream of popular hits including “If I Had a Hammer”, “Lemon Tree”, “Puff (The Magic Dragon)”, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” and “Blowin’ in the Wind”. Featured in this story are performances of “Blowin In The Wind” and “If I Had a Hammer”.

Peter Paul and Mary

Blowin in the Wind

Peter Paul and Mary shared a manager with Bob Dylan. When Dylan released his 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, the trio released their own versions of three of his songs. “Blowin’ in the wind” quickly became an anthem in the anti-war protest movement of the 1960s. Peter Paul and Mary are shown here singing the song on Tonight in Person 1966.

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If I Had a Hammer

Mary began her singing career in the Song Swappers singing backup for Pete Seeger, co-author of “If I had a hammer” with Lee Hays. Peter Paul and Mary’s rendition of the epic folk song won them Grammys for best folk recording and best performance by a vocal group. Their performance of the song at the Washington March, associated with Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream” speech, placed it as a cultural icon in the Civil Rights Movement.

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