Saturday, September 19, 2009

RIP Mary

Time waits for no one...

I didn't forget that Mary Travers of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary passed away this week. Another celebrity death of 2009. There have been many! When you look at the old photos, album covers and films of PP&M, you realize Mary was a flower. Peter and Paul were Maynards in a suit. These folks knew what they were doing. They took the folk music / hootenanny craze of the late late 50's-early to mid 60's and rode it like a tiger. What you may not have known is how carefully PP&M PLANNED their move into show business. They practiced and honed their craft for nearly 8 months before "going public." These are the songs you must find and listen to, in their ORIGINAL versions (if I wasn't so busy today I'd do it for ya, as usual, but...)

* If I Had A Hammer and Lemon Tree - their earliest radio hits
* Puff The Magic Dragon - their "trademark" or "signature" song
* The Great Mandala - a coffee-house favourite
* I Dig Rock & Roll Music - PP&M salute the Mamas & The Papas, Donovan and The Beatles
* Leavin' On A Jet Plane - how amazing that their last single topped the charts - their only National #1 hit!

Mary Travers, dead at 72, Rest-In-Peace, and THANK-YOU!

PS: Locals - if you go to the bookstore in the basement of the Albany Public Library's main branch on Washington Avenue and look in the record bin, there are 2 PP&M vinyl 33's there, waiting for you... better hurry!
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