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Tom Glazer, 88; Folk Singer Had Hit 'On Top of Spaghetti'

February 28, 2003|From Staff and Wire Reports

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."

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday March 05, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 45 words Type of Material: Correction
Glazer obituary -- An obituary of folk singer Tom Glazer in the California section Feb. 28 said he died at his home in Philadelphia. In fact, he died at a nursing care and hospice facility in Rochester, N.Y., of complications from a stroke.

Glazer was born in Philadelphia and hitchhiked to New York when he was 17.

He started an ABC radio show, "Tom Glazer's Ballad Box," in 1945 and was host of a weekly concert show for children in the 1960s on WQXR-FM in New York.

Glazer also wrote books about music and composed songs recorded by Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and the Kingston Trio.

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