Singer Jim Post, one-half (with wife Cathy) of the ’60’s folk group Friend and Lover, died this past Wednesday after a long illness. He was 82. I remember the song because it was on the air all the time back in ’68, and because Friend and Lover played between games of a twilight doubleheader at White Sox Park and they did this song. Jim and Cathy divorced, and Jim stayed in Chicago and became part of the folk scene. I saw him at Amazingrace (a concert venue that used to be on the Northwestern University campus) in the mid-’70’s. I remember he had a great voice and told hilarious stories between songs. “Reach Out Of The Darkness” (which is repeatedly sung as “reach out in the darkness”) was recorded in Nashville, with Ray Stevens playing piano and arranging the strings and Joe South and Bill Lowery producing; the album of the same name was recorded in Atlanta with Buddy Buie (former Classics IV) producing. It reached #10 on the Hot 100.