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The instantly recognizable tenor of legendary folksinger Glenn Yarbrough — the voice of the Limeliters and eventually Coca-Cola — launches into a three-quarter time version of "Waltzing Matilda" without the slightest bit of irony on 1957's Come Sit by My Side. His second recording (the first arrived in 1951) was a veritable set list for what was to become the folk revival, and it remains one of the most definitive recordings of the genre. While a much sparser affair than the high-harmony Limeliters records that were to follow, Yarbrough instills each track, from staples like the "Banks of the Ohio" and "Dark as a Dungeon" to more obscure English offerings such as "All 'Round My Hat," with the kind supernatural innocence and charm that would inform the approach of numerous '60s revival groups like the New Christy Minstrels and the Serendipity Singers.


Born: January 12, 1930 in Milwaukee, WI

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Glenn Yarbrough's high, clear tenor served him well throughout his long career as a singer (that's him singing "Things go better with Coke" on all those commercials), and he continued to have a large and loyal fan base even after many years without a song on the pop charts. He was born on January 12, 1930, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he began singing at church functions as a child. His entry into the world of folk music came while he was a student at St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, in...
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