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The Kingston Trio
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    (1957- )
    Founding members:
    Bob Shane (1934- ): vocals, guitar
    Dave Guard (1934-1991): vocals, banjo
    Nick Reynolds (1933-2008): vocals, guitar
    Recorded ‘Tom Dooley,’ ‘Tijuana Jail,’ ‘Scotch and Soda,’ ‘Where Have All the Flowers Gone,’ ‘Lemon Tree,’ ‘Reuben James’ and ‘Scarlet Ribbons’
    Won Grammy for Best Country and Western Performance in 1959
    Won Grammy for Best Folk Performance in 1960
    Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000
    They wear matching striped shirts.
    They called themselves ‘The Kingston Trio’ (after the capital of Jamaica) to capitalize on calypso music’s popularity.
    They ensured their first shows sold out by mailing dozens of invitations to college friends.
    They were eventually eclipsed by later folk performers such as Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul & Mary.
    The group’s original lineup changed several times over the decades.
    Their humorous, feel-good approach was disliked by more political folk musicians.
    They opened for Phyllis Diller early in their career.
    They ushered in the folk music revival of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.
    They were one of the first groups to use overdubbing (multiple voices created by recording).
    Their cover of 'Seasons in the Sun' is less sappy than Terry Jacks's version.
    Dave Guard died of lymphoma in 1991.
    They have been performing for over fifty years.

Credit: Georgina

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