They Call The Wind Maria by The Kingston Trio





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Published on Aug 14, 2009

The second troupe of the Kingston Trio (Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds, John Stewart) perform a song made popular by the first incarnation of the group with Dave Guard (replaced by Stewart) on its landmark album "From the Hungry i."

"They Call The Wind Maria" was one of the highlight songs from the moderately successful 1951 Lerner & Loewe musical "Paint Your Wagon." Originally sung by Rufus Smith, the 1969 film version of the play included a stunning rendition of the song by the recently deceased (June 30, 2009) baritone and actor Harve Presnell.

Though never a single record release, "Maria" was a highlight of the KT's "Hungry i" album and an often-requested number through the group's first ten years.

This version is from the just released remastered tape of a 1963 KT concert at the University of Kentucky called "Flashback 1963" on FolkEra Records. Bob Shane again plays rhythm guitar and sings the vocal lead, supported by harmony vocals and lead guitar by Stewart and spot-on rhythm on bongos by Reynolds.

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