Tuesday, 23 August 2016

There has been a whole lot of talking about the recent passing of Glenn Yarbrough lately and plenty of demand for some of his tunes so, time for another little something special for my latest contribution...
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 12, 1930, Yarbrough grew up in New York City. After he left high school, he attended St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, where he roomed with Jac Holzman and began performing after he and Holzman attended a concert by Woody Guthrie.
During the Korean War he served in the United States Army as a codebreaker before joining the entertainment corps. After military service, he moved to South Dakota, helped organize square dances, and started appearing on local television shows. By the mid-1950s, he started performing in clubs in Chicago, where he met club owner Albert Grossman and performers including Odetta and Shel Silverstein. One of Elektra Records' first artists, he was one of the first singers to record the traditional "The House of the Rising Sun", of which would later become a groundbreaker hit for British group The Animals.
Yarbrough moved to Aspen, Colorado, and ran a club, the Limelite, and formed a folk group with Alex Hassilev and Louis Gottlieb. They released their first album, Limeliters, on Holzman's Elektra label in 1960. He left the Limeliters for a solo career in the mid-1960s.
His most popular single, and the one perhaps he is most well-known today is "Baby the Rain Must Fall" (the theme tune from the film of the same name), which entered the US Cashbox chart on March 27, 1965 and reached #12 in Pop and #2 in Easy Listening. According to Chartmasters of Covington, Louisiana, the song was one of the all time top 100 of the year. Though only reaching #82 in Australia, “The Honey Wind Blows” was Yarbrough’s highest charting single at #22, debuting on 24 October 1964.
But, seeing as this is the home for all singles/EP’s/albums that never made it to Compact Disc, here to download is Glenn’s follow-up single, "Jenny’s Gone And I Don’t Care" backed by "An Acre Of Gal To A Foot Of Ground" (RCA 47-8447).
Among other career highlights, Yarbrough provided vocals for the Rankin/Bass Productions animated versions of The Hobbit (1977), singing songs such as The Greatest Adventure, The Road Goes Ever On as well as The Return of the King (1980) singing "Frodo of the Nine Fingers" in addition to singing the title song in the 1966 holiday classic, The Christmas That Almost Wasn't. Yarbrough also performed Utah Composer Michael McLean's Forgotten Carols, creating a CD of the show as well as taking it on the road to local audiences in the 1990s.
Yarbrough was also an accomplished sailor who owned and lived aboard three different sailboats: Armorel, all teak and still in operation; Jubilee, which Yarbrough helped build, taking three years; and the Brass Dolphin a Chinese junk design, and has, according to Yarbrough, sailed around the world except for the Indian Ocean.
Sadly, Yarbrough lost his ability to sing due to complications from throat surgery at the age of 80. In his last year or so of life, he suffered from dementia and was cared for by his daughter Holly in Nashville, Tennessee. He died on August 11, 2016 at the age of 86. Holly recorded the album Annie Get Your Gun with her father in 1997. mp3
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