17 September 2010

5 On Friday - The Limelighters

Alex Hassilev, Lou Gottlieb and Glenn Yarbrough

This is the 32nd edition of 5 on Friday where Travis at Trav's Thoughts invites everyone to lay down a short set of music that takes their fancies for his meme.

In 1962 while awaiting the arrival of my first child, my daytime companions were a black cat named Saber and my radio.  Living near San Francisco, we were very involved in the burgeoning folk music of the period.  One of my favorite groups was The Limelighters.  For fifty years beginning in 1959 to the present, The Limelighters have brought great folk music to crowds all over the world. The original group consisted of Alex Hassilev, Lou Gottlieb and Glenn Yarbrough. Glenn went on to a very successful solo career, and over the years the names in the group have changed but the unique sound and arrangements mixed with a sense of great comedy have remained. Current members are Mack Bailey, Andy Corwin, and Gaylan Taylor.

Wabash Cannonball, Whistle & Make The Wind Blow, and Weary and Lonesome Traveler (1963)

There's A Meetin' Here Tonight from the 1981 reunion of the original three singers.

Whiskey In The Jar (2006) from today's  Limelighters.

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