The Lettermen co-founder Jim Pike dies

Jim Pike, the former frontman of 1960s pop trio The Lettermen, has died.
The singer passed away from Parkinson’s disease complications at his Arizona home on 9 June (19), aged 82, reports The Associated Press.
Pike co-founded the group with his college pal Bob Engemann in Los Angeles in 1961 and completed the line-up with fellow vocalist Tony Butala.
They scored their first hit just months later with a cover of The Way You Look Tonight, which earned them a Grammy Award nomination for Best Performance by a Vocal Group.
The Lettermen also scored a nod for Best New Artist, and went on to pick up three other nominations over the years.
Their other hits included When I Fall in Love, A Song For Young Love, Everything is Good About You, and the medley Goin’ Out of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.
Pike left the group in 1973 due to vocal problems and sold the rights to the band name to Butala, but he later reteamed with Engemann, who had resigned in 1967, to form a new duo, called The Reunion.
Engemann died in 2013.

by WENN

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