Personalities | The Kingston Trio | Fifties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1958–67)

Between 1958, when they formed, and 1963, The Kingston Trio, comprising Dave Guard (vocals, banjo) and vocalists/guitarists Bob Shane and Nick Reynolds released 17 albums, 10 of which made the US Top 3, and seven of which were certified gold. Wearing matching striped shirts and with short hair, parents and middle-class kids in America saw them as the acceptable and non-threatening face of popular music. The career of the trio, who regarded their music as folk, even if it somehow lacked the political bite of The Weavers, took off in late 1958 with the US No. 1 ‘Tom Dooley’, although later hit singles were few, but LPs were another story. Guard left in 1961, and was replaced by John Stewart (1939–2008). The arrival of The Beatles pushed them down the ladder and the group disbanded in 1967.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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