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Ten Greatest South Florida Folk Singers of All Time

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10. Grant Livingston

Ya gotta give a guy credit for sheer perseverance when he's plied his craft for the past 30 years and still managed to retain his sense of humor. That's Grant Livingston in a nutshell, a local musician, observer, and philosopher who celebrates all things Florida in song.

A favorite at innumerable coffeehouses, benefits, house concerts, workshops and wherever else folk music is still celebrated, Livingston's become a veritable fixture on the South Florida scene, with an appeal that encompasses all ages, styles, and demographics. An adroit entertainer, he integrates his songs with wry commentary in true folkie tradition, sprinkling in ditties about road trios, pie eating, barnacles, armadillos, and even the planning of his own funeral amidst his various topics of discussion.

9. Bob Lind

Since scoring his sole major hit with the chart staple "Elusive Butterfly of Love" in 1966, Mr. Lind hasn't been heard from that much, aside from occasional appearances around town over the past few years. That's fine. After all, there's a certain proprietary pride in having a legend all to ourselves.

Lately though, Lind's undertaken a comeback of sorts, releasing his first new album in a generation via the aptly titled Finding You Again. Produced by pop pundit Jamie Hoover of North Carolina's Spongetones, it's the latest milestone in a career that veered from music to publishing -- encompassing five novels, an award-winning play, a screenplay called Refuge (which won the Florida Screenwriters' Competition in 1991), and a writing gig for Weekly World News and the Sun. We'd suggest his greatest source of pride may well be the accolade accorded him by the British band Pulp, who chose to christen a song in his honor, "Bob Lind (The Only Way Down)." How many people can claim that as a distinction?

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Lee Zimmerman