LOS ANGELES – Jim Pike, co-founder and lead singer of The Lettermen, whose lush vocal harmonies made the Grammy-nominated trio one of the vital in style vocal teams of the 1960s, has died at age 82.

Pike died June nine at his house in Prescott, Arizona, his sister-in-law Becky Pike advised The Related Press on Wednesday. The reason was once headaches of Parkinson’s Illness.

Pike and Bob Engemann, a faculty good friend from Brigham Younger College, shaped The Lettermen in Los Angeles in 1961 with fellow singer Tony Butala.

They have been in search of a reputation that may resonate with younger folks, Pike’s more youthful brother, Gary, stated Wednesday, when Engemann urged The Lettermen. Butala famous that he’d in short sung with a gaggle the use of that title and he’d have to invite its chief for permission.

“Tony known as him up and he stated he wasn’t the use of it, so that they stated, ‘Yay. We are going to use it,’ ” Gary Pike recalled with fun.

The Lettermen – Jim Pike, left, Bob Engemann, Tony Butala – pose for a promotional photograph circa 1961. Pike died June nine at age 82. (Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Pictures)

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Later that yr the crowd had its first hit with the Grammy-nominated “The Method You Glance This night,” which peaked at No. 13 on Billboard’s Scorching 100.

The Lettermen would position 19 extra songs on Billboard charts over the following 10 years.

Two made the Best 10, 1962’s “After I Fall in Love” and the Grammy-nominated 1968 medley “Goin’ Out of My Head/Cannot Take My Eyes Off Of You.” Their remaining hit was once 1971’s “The entirety Is Excellent About You.”

The Lettermen additionally earned Grammy nominations for best possible new artist of 1961 and for 1962’s “A Track For Younger Love.”

Via the ones years the crowd toured continuously, taking part in faculties around the nation and different venues around the globe.

The consistent traveling wore out Pike’s voice and he left the crowd in 1973, changed by way of his youngest brother, Donny Pike. Gary Pike had changed Engemann in 1967.

After regaining his voice Pike shaped a gaggle known as The Reunion with Engemann.

The Lettermen, with Butala as the one last founding member, continues to excursion. Engemann died in 2013.

Along with his brothers, Pike is survived by way of his sister, Candace Doyle, his spouse, Sue, and his daughter, Kelly Pike.


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