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Jim Post Dies: Singer-Songwriter Of One-Hit Wonder “Reach Out Of The Darkness” Was 82

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 2022-09-26
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Jim Post , who with then-wife Cathy under the band name Friend & Lover scored a Top 10 hit in 1968 with the enduring hippie anthem “ Reach Out of the Darkness ,” died of congestive heart failure Sept. 14 in Dubuque, Iowa. He was 82.

His death was announced to The New York Times by former wife and children’s book author Janet Smith Post.

The song, which reached #10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart during the summer of 1968, is often remembered for its opening lyric, sung by Cathy Conn Post, “I think it’s so groovy now that people are finally gettin’ together.”

Like similar happy-go-lucky flower-power anthems of the era, from “Aquarius” to “Good Morning Starshine,” the Posts’ song has been used frequently in TV and film as a signifier of hippie optimism. Among its more notable appearances was in a 2013 episode of Mad Men , when the song played as the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy was being announced on TV.

Born Jimmie David Post in Houston, Post was touring Canada as a member of the folk trio the Rum Runners when he met Cathy Conn, and the two began performing and recording as the duo Friend & Lover.

The song’s title would spark a little confusion over the years: Not only is the “So Groovy” lyric more commonly remembered, the title itself was incorrect. The lyric sung by the Posts was “reach out in the darkness,” but an executive of Verve Forecast Records insisted that the wording be changed to the more optimistic-seeming “reach out of the darkness.”

Still, the song endured over the decades, featuring in such TV shows as Night Stalker, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Aquarius , in the the 1988 film 1969 and, in the Krush revamp “Let’s Get Together (So Groovy Now)” the 1992 Damon Wayans comedy Mo’ Money .

Jim and Cathy Post divorced shortly after their hit song failed to produce a successful follow-up (Cathy Conn died in 2018). Post would marry and divorce four more times, and is survived by a daughter and a grandson, according to The Times.

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Ocean sams
09-26

rip jim, condolences to family and friends. loved the 60s music. loved the groovy fashion, which I wore. such sweet memories of music, fashion, and a change baby boomers made.

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Bruno G
09-27

Well its so groovy now reach out in the darkness was always a favorite old time tune yet have my 45 record of this song many great hits of the 60s & 70s from many different bands music will never be the same again.

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Phnxbyrd
09-27

I knew Jimmy David. Even though we didn't see eye to eye on religion we still were friends and we would talk for hours on end. Love ya brother and miss you everyday. Love My Life.

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