Jim Pike, co-founder of The Lettermen, dies at 82

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The Lettermen in 1964. Jim Pike is on the left.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jim Pike, one of the founders of The Lettermen, whose lush harmonies on gentle romantic ballads like “The Way You Look Tonight,” made them one of the most popular vocal groups of the 1960s, has died at age 82.

Pike died June 9 at his home in Prescott, Arizona. His sister-in-law Becky Pike says the cause was complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

Pike and his college buddy Bob Engemann formed The Lettermen in Los Angeles in 1961 with fellow singer Tony Butala.

That same year the group had its first hit single with “The Way You Look Tonight.”

The Lettermen would go on to place 19 more singles on Billboard’s Hot 100 over the next 10 years.

Among them were “Goin’ Out Of My Head” and “When I Fall in Love.”

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