Jim Post, Singer-Songwriter Who Scored ’68 Hit With ‘Reach Out of the Darkness,’ Dies

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Jim Post, a mainstay of the Chicago folk music scene for more than five decades, died on Sept. 14, 2022. His former wife, Janet Smith Post, said his passing, in Dubuque, Iowa, was caused by congestive heart failure. Post was 82.

After getting his start in a folk group called the Rum Runners, Post first came to prominence in 1968 as half of a duo, with his then-wife Cathy Conn, called Friend and Lover. After moving to New York, the duo scored a national top 10 single in 1968 with the love-and-protest anthem “Reach Out of the Darkness,” released on the Verve Forecast label. They had one more minor chart hit later that year, “If Love Is In Your Heart,” but were unable to follow that up. The couple’s sole album, also titled Reach Out of the Darkness, failed to chart. After their marriage broke up, Post settled in the Chicago area.

Related: For a more extensive look at “Reach Out of the Darkness” and the brief career of Jim and Cathy Post as Friend and Lover, go here.

Jim and Cathy Post, a.k.a. Friend and Lover

Jim Post was born Oct. 28, 1939, in Southwest Texas, and performed throughout the Midwest in the ’70s and ’80s, while also serving as a regular presence on Chicago’s Old Town folk circuit. According to his Wikipedia entry, “In 1971, he produced and played on an album of Chicago folk musicians, Gathering at the Earl of Old Town, that included the first recording of [Steve] Goodman’s ‘City of New Orleans.’”

During the ’90s and 2000s, Post performed a one-man show as Mark Twain.

As a solo singer-songwriter, Post released more than a dozen albums for Fantasy, Flying Fish and other labels. He also performed as a children’s entertainer.

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  1. LowPlainsGrifter
    #1 LowPlainsGrifter 16 September, 2022, 01:18

    Another fine artist gone,
    forgotten by time,
    but for not to those who know.
    His sound,this side of Country Rock,
    was inviting,but unapproached,overall
    but not for lack of excellence.
    His resulting Fantasy label creativity played
    somewhat somewhere between
    Desperado,Loner Folk,and Troubadour.
    The mining of those elements by the
    driven listener,brings you closer and closer
    to the core and soul of our Americana musical
    beginnings that lead from many diverse
    directions,until the eventual culmination
    of cultural musical ingredients,
    that would come to define us
    going forward
    in stages
    at each growing generation

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  2. Vin Sanity
    #2 Vin Sanity 19 September, 2022, 13:28

    First impressions last. His new friend called him. Vastly overplayed on AM stations while charting, though. Sorry to hear they broke up as a couple!

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