|Genres:||Doo Wop Folk Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||folk vocal 60s male vocalists|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
The Limeliters were one of the popular forces behind the 50s folk revival in America. The group comprised Lou Gottleib (10 October 1923, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 11 July 1996, Sebastopol, California, USA; bass), Alex Hassilev (b. 11 July 1932, Paris, France; guitar/banjo/vocals) and Glenn Yarbrough (b. 12 January 1930, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; guitar/vocals). They formed in Los Angeles in 1959 and took their name from a club, run by Hassilev and Yarbrough, called The Limelite in Aspen, Colorado, USA. Gottleib was a Doctor of Musicology, having studied under the Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg, and had previously sung with the Gateway Singers. The group had a minor hit with A Dollar Down in April 1961 on RCA Records, but their albums sold better than singles. Many of their albums were live recordings, including the popularTonight: In Person, which reached number 5 in the US charts in 1961. The follow-up, The Limeliters, narrowly reached...