So Long to a Friend

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Glenn Yarbrough died last week. In the 1960s, he returned to San Francisco many times to perform at the hungry i. In the past few years he suffered from dementia and was living with his daughter, Holly, in Tennessee.
He was a founder of the Limeliters folk group. He is the shortest one and plays guitar. Here he is in 1963.

He left the group in the mid-1960s, and in 1965 as a solo, he recorded the theme song for a movie with Lee Remick and Steve McQueen. Here is the song for the movie of the same name:

He also collaborated with poet Rod McKuen on an album in 1966. That album included the song, “So Long San Francisco.”

Glenn was 86 years old. His daughter asked friends to send him cards for his 85th birthday. I also sent him a program I had from one of his shows at the hungry i in 1967.

Thank you for the memories and rest in peace, Glenn.