Jim Post

Jim Post (born October 28, 1939, in Houston, Texas) is an American folk singer-songwriter, composer, playwright and actor. In 1968 his pop song "Reach out of the Darkness" charted on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks, peaking at number 10.[1]

Jim Post
Post in 1975.
Post in 1975.
Background information
Born (1939-10-28) October 28, 1939 (age 81)
Houston, Texas, US
GenresFolk, Pop, Country
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, actor
Years active1960s–present
LabelsFlying Fish, Fantasy
WebsiteJim Post.com


Post performed and recorded in the 1960s as the duo Friend and Lover with his wife at that time, Cathy Conn Post.[2] He worked as a solo singer-songwriter in Chicago and throughout the Midwest in the 1970s and 1980s. Post was a regular performer at the Earl of Old Town and other Chicago folk music bars, and was a contemporary of notable singer-songwriters Steve Goodman, John Prine, Fred Holstein, and Bonnie Koloc, and a frequent collaborator with singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Mick Scott and Tom Dundee. In 1971, he produced and played on an album of Chicago folk musicians, Gathering at the Earl of Old Town, that included the first recording of Goodman's "City of New Orleans".[3] Starting in 1985, he hosted the Flea Market folk show played on WBEZ live at Navy Pier. During the 1990s and 2000s, he focused on performing the character of Mark Twain in one-man shows in a style similar to that of Hal Holbrook's Mark Twain Tonight and Mike Randall's Mark Twain Live. Post has also recorded an album of children's songs.

He lives in Galena, Illinois with his wife Janet. He was a guest on Ellen in a segment titled "Awesome Album Covers", where he was made fun of for his album I Love My Life.


Year Title Label Number Notes
1968 Reach Out of the Darkness Verve Forecast FTS 3055 As Friend and Lover
1972 Slow To 20 Fantasy 9408
1973 Colorado Exile Fantasy 9401
Rattlesnake Fantasy 9425
1976 Looks Good to Me Fantasy 9451
1977 Back on the Street Again Mountain Railroad 52778 Live
1978 I Love My Life Mountain Railroad 52784
1979 Magic: In Concert Flying Fish FF-216 Live
1980 Ship Shape Flying Fish FF-240 Live
1984 The Crooner from Outer Space Freckle 1905
1987 Jim Post & Friends Flying Fish FF-419
1987 Galena Rose self released CD
1989 The Heart of Christmas Chicago Master Works 1263 CD
1996 Mark Twain and the Laughing River Woodside Avenue WA-006-2 CD
2000 Frog in the Kitchen Sink CD, children's songs


  1. ^ "Single: The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard Music Charts. August 17, 1968. Retrieved February 25, 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Unterberger, Richie (2000). "Liner Notes for Friend & Lover's "Reach Out of the Darkness"". Retrieved February 25, 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Callahan, Mike; David Edwards; Patrice Eyries (October 27, 2005). "Dunwich Album Discography". Retrieved February 25, 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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