Jim Post, Chicago folk music star wrote hit song ‘Reach Out of the Darkness,’ performed as Mark Twain, dead at 82

Folk singer Jim Post in his heyday.


Jim Post was one of the most irrepressible stars of Chicago’s folk music scene in the 1970s and 1980s.

He could sing, act, write a hit song and plays, make you believe he was Mark Twain reincarnated, shred on his guitar and reach — and endlessly hold — the high notes with a ringing tenor that would raise goosebumps.

“He was a lovable imp on stage,” said theater producer Richard Friedman, a longtime friend. “He’d do anything to entertain.”

At the end of his shows, he’d tell the audience, “If you keep coming to see me, I’ll never get a real job.”

“He told his life story pretty much in any show,” said musician Randy Sabien, who toured the country and Canada with him.

When the singer first approached him about working together, “He exploded into the dressing room,” Sabien said. “That’s how Jim Post entered any room.”

Mr. Post, 82, died of heart failure Sept. 14 while in hospice care in Dubuque, Iowa, according to his friend Bob Postel, who said he had been in failing health for two years.

Jim Post’s mustache became as much of a trademark of the performer as the way he could seemingly hold a high note endlessly.

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times


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