Thursday, September 17, 2009

Another flower gone

Peter Paul & Mary didn't write many songs. Most of their hits were written by someone else. "Where have all the flowers gone" was written by Pete Seeger, an old folkie who was never part of the band, while "Blowing in the Wind" was written by Bob Dylan. But it doesn't matter... Mary Traver's beautiful voice (and her beauty, period) and the crooning of her co-members made those songs theirs, to the point where you see dozens of references to those songs being written by "Peter Paul & Mary" if you scour the Internet.

Mary Travers died yesterday of cancer at age 72. Where have all the flowers gone? Gone to graveyards in the end, one by one...

-- Badtux the Music Penguin


  1. Hey we still have the dusty burned out empty shells of Keith Richards and ole Mick !

  2. Somehow I don't think the band "Keith, Mick, and Mary" would have taken off in quite the same way. And I don't think anybody has ever accused Keith and Mick of being beautiful or having a beautiful voice (well, not anytime within human memory anyhow :), while Mary was drop dead gorgeous back in the day and had the voice of an angel to go with it...

  3. Mary Travers personified "the look" of the 60's slender torso, long straight hair. As you said, she was beautiful, and a beautiful singer.

    And a mere 10 years older than I am. Also this week, Monte Clark, long ago coach of the Detroit Lions, also 72, and Henry Gibson from Laugh In, 73; all from various cancers.

    JzB the Lamenting


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