Read as much as you want on BostonGlobe.com, anywhere and anytime, for just 99¢.

Little Joe Cook, at 91; his falsetto on ‘Peanuts’ a huge hit

Little Joe Cook, whose one big hit, “Peanuts,” helped make him a local music legend, has died. Cook, recognized around Cambridge for his Cadillac Seville with the license plate “Nut Man,” played for years at Cantab Lounge in Central Square. His 1957 song, recorded with Little Joe and the Thrillers, stayed on Billboard’s charts for 15 weeks. Listen to some of his music.

Little Joe Cook, "Peanuts" (1957). The song reached number 22 on the Billboard Top 100 the year it was released.

Little Joe Cook and The Thrillers, "Peanuts" ('68)

Little Joe Cook, "Pop-Pop-Pop-Pie" - The Sherrys (1962)

Little Joe Cook, "Down at the Cantab"

Little Joe Cook, "I'm Falling In Love With You Baby''

Little Joe Cook, "Stormy Monday Blues - Part One"

Little Joe Cook, "I'll Never Go To A Party Again"

Little Joe Cook, "Hold On To Your Money" (1966)

Little Joe Cook, "These Lonely Tears"

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week