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The Kingston Trio - MTA

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Published on Aug 14, 2011

The Kingston Trio's place in the sun was etched in stone virtually from the get-go. The band formed in 1957 and by the following year had a very successful single called "Tom Dooley" resting atop the pop charts. The trio, though certainly more commercially viable than some of the more authentic folkies of the late '50s, had a lot to do with the success of the folk revival in that era; folk music rang out from college campuses everywhere in the late '50s and '60s as the genre's left-leaning stylists were part of the evolving changing social atmosphere in America. Whether or not they knew their music was paving the way for artists more deeply involved in these changes (Bob Dylan, Joan Baez), it did sell plenty of records. And the folk revival of this era mirrored the Depression-era folk music of Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Josh White and others. The '60s genre took on the Vietnam War to rail against. The Kingston Trio began in San Francisco with Bob Shane (b. 1934), Nick Reynolds (b. 1933) and Dave Guard (1934-1991) joining forces. Their first album, THE KINGSTON TRIO, included "Tom Dooley" and it was played so much by DJs that Capitol released it as a single that eventually sold nearly 3 million records. The song as written by Guard was taken from a 19th century mountain ballad about Tom Dula, who was hanged for murdering his sweetheart. Several albums ensued for the trio, all doing well commercially but, while it had 10 singles charted by 1963, only "Reverend Mr. Black" got into the Top 10. However, the Kingston Trio is remembered for other tuneslike "M.T.A.," "The Tijuana Jail," "A Worried Man" and "Greenback Dollar." Meanwhile, Guard opted for a solo career in 1961, his replacement being John Stewart (b. 1939), who stayed until 1967, when he embarked on a solo career that in 1979 put three singles in the charts with his "Gold" reaching No. 5. As the more intensive folk-rock grew, making folkies like the Kingston Trio old-fashioned, the trio, now Roger Gamble, George Grove and Shane, broke up in 1968. A TV reunion in 1981 had all six members together for the first time. In 1987, the Trio was put back together with Shane, Grove and Bob Haworth recreating it all for nostalgia audiences.

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