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September 23, 2006

Joe Glazer, 88, a singer-songwriter who rallied union loyalists and sympathizers, died Tuesday at his Chevy Chase home of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Mr. Glazer, often called Labor's Troubadour, sang songs of solidarity on picket lines and union halls in almost every state. He also performed for many liberal politicians; in 1980, President Jimmy Carter invited him to play at the White House.

He recorded more than 30 albums, wrote a book about labor music, recorded the songs of others and helped recruit a new generation of protest singers.

Mr. Glazer wrote his best-known song, "The Mills Weren't Made of Marble," in 1947. It tells of a mill worker's dream of a happy heaven where "nobody ever got tired and nobody ever grew old."

Mr. Glazer joined the textile workers as an assistant education director and seized upon his boss' suggestion to use a guitar to rally workers.

He moved on to the rubber workers union in Akron, Ohio, where he was education director.

He joined the Kennedy administration in 1961 as a labor information officer for the United States Information Agency. Besides explaining American current events to foreigners, he was regularly sent abroad to sing protest songs.

Mr. Glazer resigned from the agency after Ronald Reagan was inaugurated and soon began composing songs, including "Jellybean Blues," satirizing the president.

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