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Pour a little out for Mary Travers this morning; the Peter, Paul and Mary member died yesterday at 72. (Worst headline: “Mary Travers is Gone. Puff! Just Like That.”)

Peter, Paul and Mommy, the group’s first children’s album, was the first album I really loved. My favorite song was the first one, “The Marvelous Toy.” So I thought last night that I would listen to some of its songs.

Big mistake!

How did this little-man-named-Rumplestiltskin style of singing ever capture the boomers’ hearts?


However, on the video below, you can see why Travers’ voice was so important to the group’s sound. She turns an excruciating song choice into very nearly a pleasure.

Major caveat: This clip is freaking weird. PP&M, the Smothers Brothers, and DONOVAN all perform snippets of their songs in the round. I believe this was on network television.