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With this live album recorded in Atlanta, the Limeliters introduced their new members, vocalist Red Grammer and accompanist John David. In 1981, Grammer replaced the again-departed Glenn Yarbrough, who finally got his chance to go into semi-retirement and sail around the world. At 34, Grammer was a poised performer who was a children's entertainer on the side. His Irish tenor allowed the group to continue performing many of the old Limeliters standards. Alex Hassilev's voice had deepened by now and he often took the bass role, while Lou Gottlieb roved around the mid-range. David, the "4th Limeliter," stayed in the background, playing a variety of stringed instruments while contributing to the occasional four-part harmony song. Grammer's composition, "Harmony," is featured; it became a staple of the group's live act. Grammer's inclusion helped energize the stagnating group dynamics. His medley of traditional Irish tunes is a show-stopper. Gottlieb's highlight is a pseudo-country ditty entitled "Vasectomy," giving him ample opportunity to ham it up.


Formed: 1959 in Hollywood, CA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

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

Along with the Kingston Trio, the Limeliters were one of the most successful folk groups of the early '60s, a time when the folk music revival was in itself a sort of backlash against the anti-establishment rock & roll generation. The original group consisted of Glenn Yarbrough, vocal and guitar (b. 1930); Lou Gottlieb, vocal and bass (b. 1923, d. 1996); and Alex Hassilev, vocal, guitar, and banjo (b. 1932). In 1959, Gottlieb, a former jazz pianist and member of the folk group the Gateway Singers,...
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