Friend & Lover

From: America

Friend & Lover was an American folk-singing duo composed of Jim and Cathy Post. This husband and wife duo is best known for the hit single “Reach Out Of The Darkness,” which reached #10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart in the summer of 1968.

Cathy was born on May 30, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois. She had a background in song and dance before meeting Jim at a Canadian provincial fair in 1964. Jim was born on October 28, 1939, in Houston, Texas. He had previously performed with the folk group the Rum Runners. Jim would also go on to record solo albums for Flying Fish Records and Fantasy Records.

Inspired by a New York City love-in, Jim wrote the duo’s lone hit, “Reach Out Of The Darkness.” The song was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, and was released on the Verve Forecast label. The song became a Top 10 hit in June 1968 and was adopted as a kind of anthem by the protest movement against American politics of the time. It was re-released as the title track of a follow-up album in 1969. “Reach Out Of The Darkness” has appeared in numerous films & television shows, and was a staple of local and regional Christian rock groups in the 1970s.

Jim and Cathy’s marriage eventually fell apart. The band split shortly after the release of their lone album. Jim went on to have a solo career, while Cathy remarried twice and had three children and five grandchildren.

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From the 1967 single Verve Forecast KF 5069

  • Reach Out Of The Darkness