Tom Glazer, 88, a folk singer best known for fanciful children's songs, including one about a mountain of spaghetti, died Feb. 21 at his home in Philadelphia. The cause of death was not reported.
Glazer was one of a group of folk singers, including Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Josh White and Burl Ives, who helped popularize folk music in the 1940s.
Glazer's best-remembered song, though not his own favorite, was "On Top of Spaghetti," a 1963 hit sung to the tune of "On Top of Old Smoky."
The song, featuring a wayward meatball, had a chorus of children singing lines like "On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese."