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The Limeliters
Background information
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genre(s) Folk
Years active 1959–1965, 1981-present
Label(s) Elektra, RCA, Warner Bros., Stax, Essex, GNP, Folk Era, Brass Dolphin, West Knoll, Taragon/BMG.
Website Limeliters official site
Alex Hassilev, Mack Baily, Andy Corwin
Former members
Lou Gottlieb, Ernie Sheldon, Red Grammer, Rick Dougherty, Bill Zorn.

The Limeliters are a folk music group formed in July 1959 by Lou Gottlieb (bass), Alex Hassilev (baritone), and Glenn Yarbrough (tenor).  The group was active from 1959 until 1965, when they disbanded.  After a hiatus of sixteen years Yarbrough, Hassilev, and Gottlieb reunited and began performing as The Limeliters again.  The Limeliters are still active and performing, but Hassilev, the only founding member left in the group, is retiring leaving the group to carry on without any of the original members. Image File history File links Flag_of_USA.svg‎ REDIRECT File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Elvis Presley Stevie Nicks Jodie Foster Janet Jackson Meryl Streep Jessica Lange Faye Dunaway Madonna (entertainer) Trent Reznor Diana Ross User:Mtiedemann... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... NY redirects here. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Folk music can have a number of different meanings, including: Traditional music: The original meaning of the term folk music was synonymous with the term Traditional music, also often including World Music and Roots music; the term Traditional music was given its more specific meaning to distinguish it from the... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the Greek mythological personalities. ... RCA, formerly an acronym for the Radio Corporation of America, is now a trademark owned by Thomson SA through RCA Trademark Management S.A., a company owned by Thomson. ... Warner Bros. ... Streaming API for XML (StAX) is an application programming interface (API) to read and write XML documents in the Java programming language. ... Essex is a county in the East of England. ... Measures of national income and output are used in economics to estimate the value of goods and services produced in an economy. ... Dr. Louis Gottlieb (1924 – July 11, 1996) was bassist and lofty comic spokesman for The Limeliters. ... Alex Hassilev (born in Paris, July 11, 1932) is one of the founding members of the group The Limeliters and produced the rock group The Zodiac. ... Glenn Yarbrough (January 12, 1930—) is an American folk singer. ...


The group's origins

The Limeliters, Alex Hassilev, Lou Gottlieb, Glenn Yarbrough

Gottlieb, fresh from obtaining his Ph.D in musicology, was in the audience when Alex Hassilev and Glenn Yarbrough appeared on stage to sing a duet together. Gottlieb, who was then working as an arranger for The Kingston Trio, originally thought that "these two guys" could help him make some demos for the Trio. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Musicology is reasoned discourse concerning music (Greek: μουσικη = music and λογος = word or reason). In other words: the whole body of systematized knowledge about music which results from the application of a scientific method of investigation or research, or of philosophical speculation and rational systematization to the facts, the processes and the... The Kingston Trios original lineup: Bob Shane, Dave Guard, Nick Reynolds The Kingston Trio is an American folk group. ...

Soon, they packed up and headed to Aspen, Colorado, to work at a club called "The Limelite," which Yarbrough and Hassilev had purchased after singing there during the previous ski season. After a short period of perfecting their act, they set off for the "Hungry i" in San Francisco, which at the time was the California nerve center for the mushrooming contemporary folk movement. The owner had just had a group with three long names strung together and wasn't about to put "Yarbrough, Hassilev, and Gottlieb" up on the marquee. But the group had not yet decided on a name. They chose "The Limeliters". View south along Galena Street in downtown Aspen. ... The hungry i was a legendary San Francisco nightclub operated in the mid-1950s and early 1960s by Enrico Banducci at 599 Jackson Street in the North Beach district. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...

Their success was immediate. Only two days after their professional debut, the group received offers from three recording companies. In early 1959 they released their first album on Elektra. Soon after they signed with RCA Victor and a string of best selling albums followed. Sony BMG Music Entertainment is the result of a 50/50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and BMG Entertainment (part of Bertelsmann AG) completed in August 2004. ...

Never having a true chart-topping hit record, they are well known for their repertoire of rousing songs including such as "There's a Meetin' Here Tonight," "City of New Orleans," "A Dollar Down," "Have Some Madeira M'Dear," "Lonesome Traveler," "Wabash Cannonball," "Whiskey in the Jar," and many others which are performed on their more than 25 record albums and in their concerts. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Whiskey in the Jar is a famous Irish traditional song about a highwayman (usually in the Cork and Kerry mountains), who is betrayed by his wife or lover. ...

The Limeliters' album, Tonight in Person reached number 5 in the U.S. charts in 1961. Their second album made the top 40, and their third release, The Slightly Fabulous Limeliters, made the top ten in the same year. But their one album with the longest staying power is undoubtedly their album of folk songs for children of all ages, Through Children's Eyes. For three years, The Limeliters were the musical representatives for Coca-Cola. Their rendition of the jingle, "Things Go Better with Coke" became a national hit. The wave shape (known as the dynamic ribbon device) present on all Coca-Cola cans throughout the world derives from the contour of the original Coca-Cola bottles. ...

The Limeliters break up

Yarbrough left the group in 1963. For about two years, Ernie Sheldon (who wrote the lyrics for what became Yarbrough's biggest solo hit, "Baby the Rain Must Fall") filled in for Yarbrough.

In 1965, at the pinnacle of their success, the highly individualistic members of the group decided to take a break. For the next few years they pursued their own individual interests; Yarbrough as a successful soloist on records and in concert; Hassilev as a producer with his own recording studio; and Gottlieb as owner of a commune ranch in California. Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...

The Limeliters return

During the 1970s, in response to an ever-greater demand from their many fans, the Limeliters embarked on a series of yearly reunion tours with Yarbrough. These were so successful that in 1981, Hassilev and Gottlieb decided to reform the group and to get back into the mainstream of entertainment. With the addition of the soaring tenor of Red Grammer they once again began entertaining audiences with the unique sound that made them famous.

After eight very productive years, Grammer left the group to pursue a solo career as a children's artist. In 1990, he was replaced by another tenor, Rick Dougherty, whose wide-ranging musical background and bright stage presence brought another fresh dimension to the group.

Gottlieb's death in 1996 was a great loss for the group, but his high baritone part was taken up by a former Kingston Trio member, Bill Zorn, a banjo-player extraordinaire with the powerful vocals needed to complete the group's "Limeliter" sound.

In 2003, Zorn and Dougherty left the group and in early 2004, tenor Mack Bailey and comedian baritone Andy Corwin joined the group.



  • 1960 — Limeliters [Later re-released as Their First Historic Album] Elektra Studio
  • 1961 — Slightly Fabulous Limeliters — RCA (Live)
  • 1961 — Tonight: In Person — RCA (Live)
  • 1962 — Folk Matinee — RCA
  • 1962 — Sing Out! — RCA
  • 1962 — Through Children's Eyes — RCA (Live)
  • 1963 — Our Men in San Francisco — RCA (Live)
  • 1963 — Fourteen 14K Folk Songs — RCA (Studio album)
  • 1963 — Makin' a Joyful Noise — RCA
  • 1964 — Leave It to the Limeliters — RCA (Studio album)
  • 1964 — More of Everything! — RCA (Studio album)
  • 1965 — Limeliters Look at Love in DepthRCA
  • 1965 — London Concert — RCA (Live)
  • 1968 — Original 'Those Were the Days' (Re-Issue of Folk Matinee) — RCA
  • 1968 — Time to Gather Seeds — Warner Brothers
  • 1974 — Reunion - Glenn Yarbrough and The Limeliters — Stax
  • 1976 — Reunion, Vol. 1 — Brass Dolphin
  • 1976 — Reunion, Vol. 2 — Brass Dolphin
  • 1977 — Pure Gold — RCA
  • 1987 — Best of the Limeliters — (RCA Special Products).
  • 1986 — Alive in Concert, Vol. 2 — GNP (Live)
  • 1987 — Harmony! — Folk Era (Live)
  • 1988 — Alive in Concert, Vol. 1 — GNP (Live)
  • 1989 — Potpourri — West Knoll
  • 1990 — Singing for the Fun — GNP (Live)
  • 1990 — A Mighty Day! — West Knoll
  • 1991 — Joy Across the Land — West Knoll (Live)
  • 1992 — Global Carnival — West Knoll
  • 1996 — Two Classic Albums from the Limeliters: The Fabulous Limeliters and Sing Out!
  • 1999 — Until We Get it Right — Limeliter Productions
  • 2000 — The Complete RCA Singles Collection — Taragon/BMG
  • 2000 — Two Classic Albums from the Limeliters: Our Men in San Francisco and London
  • 2000 — The Chicago Tapes - First Set August 13, 1976 Concert — Folk Era (Live)
  • 2000 — The Chicago Tapes - Second Set August 14, 1976 Concert — Folk Era (Live)
  • 2004 — Live In Paradise — Limeliter Productions

Compilations, Box Sets

  • 1964 — Best of the Limeliters [RCA] — RCA — Mix
  • 1993 — Best of the Limeliters [Essex] — Essex
  • 1997 — 36 All-Time Greatest Hits (3 CD Set)' — BMG


  • "The Hammer Song" b/w "Charlie, The Midnight Marauder"; Elektra EKSN-45-8
  • "A Dollar Down" b/w "When Twice the Moon Has Come and Gone"; RCA Victor 47-7859 (with picture sleeve)
  • "A Hundred Years Ago" b/w "Paco Peco"; RCA Victor 47-7913
  • "Red Roses and White Wine" b/w "Milk and Honey" from the Broadway musical "Milk and Honey"; RCA Victor 47-7942.

This 45 was also commercially issued as RCA Victor Compact 33 Single 37-7942; it was a 7" vinyl record, but played at 33 rpm.

  • "Just an Honest Mistake" (from the production "Let it Ride") b/w "Jonah"; RCA Victor 47-7966
  • "I Had a Mule" b/w "The Riddle Song"; RCA Victor 47-8069
  • "Who Will Buy?" (from the Broadway musical "Oliver") b/w "Funk"; RCA Victor 47-8094 (with picture sleeve)
  • "The Midnight Special" b/w "McLintock's Theme (Love In The Country)" from the U.A. Badjac Production "McLintock," RCA Victor 47-8255
  • "No Man is an Island" b/w "A Casinha Pequenina (Little House)"; RCA Victor 47-8361
  • "Rose" b/w "Seventeen Wives"; RCA Victor 47-8535
  • "A Hundred Men" b/w "Cold December (In Your Heart)"; Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Records 7177 (credited to "The Limeliters with Glenn Yarbrough")
  • "Time to Gather Seeds" b/w "The Importance of The Rose"; Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Records 7254
  • "Consider It Done" b/w "A Pound of Peaches" (Summer's Here); Morningstar MSR-1 (with picture sleeve reading "The Limeliters spring 1973; The Limeliters spring 1963")
  • "I See America" b/w "Holy Creation"; STAX Records 0185 (credited to Glenn Yarbrough)
  • "American Tour" b/w "Right From the Start"; West Knoll Records WK-1001
  • "Beautiful Fantasy" b/w "Heart Full of Love"; West Knoll Records WK-1002


External links

See also

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