’60s songwriter Erik Darling dies at 74

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Erik Darling, the reedy-voiced guitarist and banjo player who deftly stepped in when Pete Seeger left the pioneering folk music group The Weavers, has died after battling lymphoma. He was 74.

He died Sunday in Chapel Hill, not far from Raleigh.

Darling was perhaps best known for his hit “Walk Right In” and for his arrangement of the iconic Southern true-crime ballad “Tom Dooley,” which inspired The Kingston Trio’s recording of the song that topped the charts in 1958. He was a member of the Tarriers, known for its version of “The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)” — the signature tune of Harry Belafonte.

Darling also replaced Seeger in the Weavers in the late 1950s, a few years after the band was blacklisted for its political views.

The Associated Press Obituary continues here.

Thank you for the music Mr. Darling. R.I.P.

Please read more about the live and times of Erik Darling at Wind River’s Erik Darling Biography and Erik Darling’s Web Site.

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