Music: Crosby of the Sandpile

Kansas-born Frank Luther has been a cowboy, a Bible singer, a preacher (Disciples of Christ), a folk singer, an operatic tenor and a songwriter (Barnacle Bill the Sailor). But he is most likely to be remembered as "the Bing Crosby of the Sandpile Set."

Not that there is much vocal similarity; Frank Luther's voice is as kernelly as Kansas corn, and his style as clear as a summer day. But in 21 years of making children's records, he has amassed a Bingle-sized following among the hobbyhorse set, which also means Bingle-sized record sales. Some...

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