Jim Post, known as half of the duo Friend & Lover, whose only success has been memorable – “Reach out of the dark” who He solemnly declared the power of flowers, “I think it’s so wonderful now that people are finally meeting”—they died September 14 in Dubuque, Iowa. He was 82 years old.
ex-wife Janet Smith Postwith whom he wrote two children’s books, said his death, in hospice care, was of congestive heart failure.
“Reach Out of the Darkness,” which climbed to number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1968, featured Mr. Post and his wife at the time, Cathy Coon, singing lyrics that say in part:
Don’t be afraid of love
Do not be afraid, do not be afraid
Don’t be afraid of love
listen to me
Everyone needs a little love.
Although the lyrics say “Reach out in the darkness,” an executive at Verve Forecast Records, the company that released the recording, gave it the title “Reach Out.” From Darkness.” This title suggested something different to Mr. Post, who wrote the song.
“Communication in The places where you are not enlightened,” he explained to the South Bend Tribune in 2009. Then the chorus recited: “Stretch out your hand in the dark, reach out in the dark, reach out in the dark and you might find a friend.” “
The song was better off the duo’s album of the same name, and after a few more songs that were not successful, Friend & Lover disbanded and Mr. Post and Mrs. Conn divorced. Ms. Kuhn passed away in 2018.
Mr. Post added additional items in “Reach Out” for the 2009 record, giving it a radical new arrangement and merging it with Get Together, Youngbloods hit in the late 1960s which urged listeners, “Everyone get together/try to love each other now.” The mixed group was called “Hands Good Together”. He said at the time that “Reach Out,” mixed with a song from the same era with a similar feel, was as relevant as it was in 1968.
“What is the subject of our country now?” Asked. He answered his question: “Together.”
“Reach Out of the Darkness” received new life in 2013 when it was heard about the closing credits of the sixth season episode of “Mad Men” while the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy on TV. Writing on the Arts and Culture website via the margin, LP Hanners said that The 45-year-old’s upbeat song “was perfectly paired with the duality shown in the last scene of Man With a Plan.”
The song was also heard on the soundtrack to the 2015-16 TV series “Aquarius,” which stars David Duchovny as a homicide detective on the trail of Charles Manson in Los Angeles in the late 1960s.
Jimmy David Post was born on October 28, 1939 in Houston and raised on a farm 20 miles outside of town. His father was a longtime transport worker, and his mother was a housewife.
Jim, a singer at a young age, won a first grade school talent competition, leading to a performance on a local radio show. Later, he said Chicago Sun-Times 1972He was a “successful gospel singer” and performed in more than 500 churches across the United States when he was 22 years old.
In the early 1960s, Mr. Post became part of a popular three-man group, The Rum Runners, which in 1963 released a version of the traditional song “You Gotta Quit Kickin’ My Dog Around” as a single on Mercury Records. When they played at a club in Kansas City, Missouri, a year later, Dick Brown of the Kansas City Star wrote, “To a large extent, the sounds depend on Jim Post’s great tenor voice.”
While touring Canada with the Rum Runners, Mr. Post met dancer Mrs. Coon and left the group to be with her. Soon they started performing as Friend & Lover and made their name at Earl of Old Town, a popular club in Chicago where singers like Steve Goodman and John Prine also performed.
Although Friend & Lover was a popular act, their recordings used studio musicians and achieved more pop sound — and at least initially, pop success.
After the separation of Friend & Lover and his marriage to Mrs. Coon, Mr. Post became a solo act and returned to popular music.
“Jim was a great character with a wide vocal range,” popular singer Bonnie Coluk, who watched Mr. Post perform with both Mrs. Coon and alone at the Earl of Old Town, in an interview. “He was a very passionate performer. We all loved him.”
Mr. Post, who has been married and divorced five times, has a daughter and grandson.
He later changed directions, conceived and toured with one-man musical performances. The first, in 1986, was “Galina Rose: How Whiskey Won the West,” about the 19th-century lead mining rush in Galena, Illinois, where he lived for many years.
Then, in the mid-’90s, when he started to look like Mark Twain, Mr. Post created him Mark Twain and the River of Laughingr,” A show marries his songs with Twain’s words. The show’s CD earned him an American Library Association Award for Outstanding Recordings.
This was followed nearly a decade later with “Mark Twain’s Adventures Out West”.
“Reach Out of the Darkness” has remained a prominent part of Mr. Post’s life 54 years after its release, through its live broadcasts and the proceeds it earned.
“Two months ago, he got a check for $6000,” his friend Bob Postel said in an interview.
He added, “He was always proud that he wrote it and to his surprise it was a hit. That song paid a lot of money.”