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Friday, November 15, 1991 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Dick Foley Leaving `Brothers' For TV

Times Staff

Dick Foley, for 34 years the lead singer and arranger of the Brothers Four, will retire from the folk-singing group tonight with a farewell appearance at a sold-out Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club Dinner Auction at 7 p.m. at Bellevue Red Lion Inn.

Foley, who helped form Brothers Four in 1957 at the University of Washington, said he's leaving the group so he can concentrate on being co-host of KOMO-TV's "Northwest Afternoon."

"It's something I arrived at, and recognized was a neccessity, some years ago," Foley said. "What prompted it was a stepping-up in the performing the group was going to do, especially in Asia, and in pursuing the market for acoustic pop music. The time required for that became incompatible with doing a daily television show."

He said singing with the group gave him a "creative outlet" that will need to be replaced. Solo appearances are not out of the question.

"Dick has been an important factor in the group's success," said Jerry Lonn, Brothers Four manager and agent. "He will be terribly missed." Lonn added that the group will go on with local and international concerts.

Foley's replacement will be veteran singer-songwriter Terry Lauber, described by Lonn as "one of the area's leading studio musicians."

The group first hit the national charts in 1959 with the tune "Greenfields." Thereafter came "Green Leaves of Summer," "The Honey Wind Blows" and a string of other hits.

The Brothers Four made its first tour to Japan in 1962, where it remains popular. The group leaves Seattle next week for 7 1/2 weeks there.

Foley has been with KOMO-TV for 10 years, and has co-hosted "Northwest Afternoon" for seven, sharing billing with Dana Middleton and Cindi Rinehart. The show has earned many awards for its coverage of human issues.

Foley also serves as a volunteer for American Cancer Society. In March 1988 he won the "Washington State Courage Award" of the Society to honor cancer survivors.

Copyright (c) 1991 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.

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