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The Kingston Trio


Essential Kingston Trio

Essential Kingston Trio

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Description of The Kingston Trio's Music:

contemporary folk singer/songwriters


The closest comparison to the work of the Kingston Trio is that of The Weavers and Harry Belafonte. Other comparable groups include the Gateway Singers and Peter, Paul and Mary.

Recommended CDs by The Kingston Trio:

At Large/Here We Go Again (Collector's Choice, 1959) Compare Prices
An Evening With the Kingston Trio (Folk Era Records, 1962) Compare Prices
Capitol Collector's Series (Capitol/EMI, 1990) Compare Prices

The Kingston Trio Original Members (1957-1967):

Dave Guard (left the group in 1961)
Bob Shane
Nick Reynolds
John Stewart (replaced Guard)

The New Kingston Trio (1976-Present):

Bob Shane
Bill Zorn
Bob Haworth
Rick Dougherty
George Grove

The Kingston Trio Biography:

The Kingston Trio formed in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1957, and were soon discovered and given a recording contract with Capitol Records. They immediately had a big hit with the song "Tom Dooley," which earned them a Grammy Award in 1959.

After a few years of considerable success, Dave Guard left the group in 1961, and was replaced by John Stewart (known for writing The Monkee's huge hit, "Daydream Believer"). After several more years of remarkable success, the group disbanded in 1967, although Shane started a group called the New Kingston Trio two years later. He eventually reached an agreement with his former bandmates and changed the name back to the Kingston Trio in the mid-70s.

Since then, there have been several personnel changes and none of the group's original members remain, although Shane has been known to make guest appearances on occasion.

In all, the Kingston Trio has released over 40 CDs and had 10 Top 40 hits. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 200, and have received two Grammy Awards for their work.

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