Thursday, October 02, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Glenn Yarbrough

Artist:Glenn Yarbrough
Song:Baby, The Rain Must Fall
Album:Baby, The Rain Must Fall/It's Gonna Be Fine

Folksinger Glenn Yarbrough was a member of The Limeliters. He went solo in 1963 and had his only big hit with Baby, The Rain Must Fall in 1965. He was born Jan. 12, 1930 in Milwaukee. He got into folk music while attending St. Johns College in Annapolis, MD in the early 50s. His roommate was Jac Holzman who would soon found Elektra Records. After a stint in the US Army during the Korean War, Yarbrough moved to New York City and recorded a couple of albums. Then he moved to Aspen, CO and opened the folk music club Limelite. It was here that he met Lou Gottleib and Alex Hassilev and formed The Limeliters. They recorded several albums for RCA Records. In 1963, RCA asked Yarbrough to record solo and he left The Limeliters. The 1965 album Baby, The Rain Must Fall was his fourth album for RCA. The single reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Baby, The Rain Must Fall was a 1965 film starring Steve McQueen, Lee Remick and Don Murray. The song was written by the film composer Elmer Bernstein and Ernie Sheldon. Sheldon replaced Yarbrough in The Limeliters and was also in the folk music group The Gateway Singers. He would go on to work in film music for a few years. The record was arranged by future Bread lead singer David Gates. Yarbrough's other chart hit was It's Gonna Be Fine in 1965. You can get both songs on this twofer from Collectables. Yarbrough left RCA for Warner Bros. in 1968 and even recorded for Stax in the 70s. He has recorded for his own label for years and still performs today. Yarbrough also has done a lot of jingles. That's him singing the original Things Go Better with Coke. Here's Glenn Yarbrough performing Baby, The Rain Must Fall on Hollywood A Go Go 1965.

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