Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Reads

Obituary: Well-known singer and songwriter Glenn Yarbrough, 86, founder of The Limeliters folk group, has died.

His heyday was in the late 1950s to 1960s:

A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, Yarbrough began a music career in the 1950s following his military service. In 1959, he formed The Limeliters with Alex Hassilev and Lou Gottleib. Their 1960 album, “Limeliters,” was the first of a string of popular albums for Elektra and RCA Victor. Another 1960 album, “Tonight: In Person,” was on Billboard’s U.S. charts for 74 weeks, peaking at number 5, and its follow-up, “The Slightly Fabulous Limeliters,” also made the top ten. Popular Limeliters songs included “A Dollar Down” and “A Wayfaring Stranger.”

The Limeliters disbanded in 1965 and Yarbrough began pursuing a solo career, with the film theme song “Baby, the Rain Must Fall” a highlight. During the 1970s and 80s, he participated in Limeliters reunion tours and lent his voice to several songs in animated film adaptations of Tolkien's “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

He had a distinctive voice:

Vintage clip:


Time has the inside story of Donald Trump's (latest) meltdown.

The cover of the magazine said it all.

A feminist group has filed suit over the Obama administration's perversion of Title IX.

Hope they prevail.

A couple of families got a great big payday when their lawyers managed to extort $1.35 million from Washoe County School District and its insurance carriers.

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