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Hey Jude
by The Lettermen, feat. Jim Pike, lead vocals
CATCH-UP: Jim Pike (1936 to 2019) was an American singer, with 'The Lettermen'. James Pike was born in St Louis, Missouri, USA, on November 6th 1936. While he and his friend Bob Engemann were attending the Brigham Young University, they met vocalist Tony Butala and the three of them then formed 'The Lettermen' in Los Angeles in 1961. It was Engemann who had suggested the group name (Butala mentioned that he'd briefly sung with a group using that name, and they adopted it after making sure the other group were defunct). Later that year, the line-up had their first hit with the "Grammy"-nominated "The Way You Look Tonight", which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Pike and the others went on to place 19 more songs in the Billboard charts over the next 10 years. Two of them made the Top 10 - 1962's "When I Fall in Love" and the "Grammy"-nominated 1968 medley "Goin' Out of My Head/Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You". He and the boys had their final mainstream hit in 1971 with "Everything is Good About You". During their peak, they also earned "Grammy" nominations for 'Best New Artist' in 1961, and for the 1962 tune "A Song For Young Love". Over the following years they toured constantly, playing colleges across the country and other venues around the world. However, this constant activity eventually took its toll on Pike's voice and he left the group in 1973, being replaced by his youngest brother Donny (who joined their other brother Gary, a 1967 replacement for Engemann). After regaining his voice a little though, he was able to form another group called 'The Reunion', along with ex-colleague Engemann. ('The Lettermen', with Butala as the only remaining founding member, continued to tour, while Engemann sadly died in 2013.) Jim Pike died from complications of Parkinson's disease at his home in Prescott, Arizona, on June 9th 2019, aged 82. He is survived by his wife Sue and their one daughter.
Posted: 30th July 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace ✚", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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