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Glenn Yarbrough (1930 - 2016)

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Glenn Yarbrough (1930 - 2016)

Singer-songwriter Glenn Yarbrough, a founding member of the folk music vocal trio the Limeliters, died Aug. 11, 2016, at his home in Nashville following a long period of ill health. He was 86.

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 Gottlieb. 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 No. 5, and its follow-up, “The Slightly Fabulous Limeliters,” also made the top 10. 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 J.R.R.Tolkien's “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.


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In later years, Yarbrough alternated between concert tours and his passion for sailing. His singing with the Limeliters became known to a younger audience when their song “Take My True Love by the Hand” was used in a 2013 episode of TV’s “Breaking Bad.”

Yarbrough is survived by three children, Stephany Yarbrough, Sean Yarbrough and Holly Yarbrough Barnett.

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