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Mary Travers was a member of the 1960s folk music trio Peter, Paul & Mary.
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2 on the Billboard charts.
By 1970, however, Peter, Paul & Mary had parted ways in order to pursue solo ventures. Travers pursued a solo singing career, and recorded five albums, including Mary (1971) and Circles (1974). The group re-formed in 1978, touring extensively and issuing many new albums. In their 50-year career together, Travers, Stookey and Yarrow won five Grammys, created 13 Top 40 hits, and saw eight of their albums go gold and five turn platinum. The group also became the voice of a generation of human rights advocates and war protestors.
In 2005, tragedy struck in Travers's life when she was diagnosed with Leukemia. That year, she received a bone marrow transplant and continued to tour. But on September 16, 2009, in Danbury, Connecticut, Mary succumbed to the illness after complications with chemotherapy. She was 72 years old.
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