Bob Shane sang most of the lead parts simply because he had no familiarity with harmony singing, while Nick Reynolds sang a third above the melody, and Guard handled whatever was left above or below. Guard had taken some banjo lessons, but otherwise they were completely self-taught on their instruments, with Shane teaching Guard his first guitar chords while they were still in high school.
Reynolds soon swapped his ukulele for a tenor guitar. They were booked into the Purple Onion, a leading night spot in San Francisco, opening for comedienne Phyllis Dillerand Guard then sent out postcards to people that all three of them knew at Stanford and Menlo, inviting them to a week's worth of shows at the Purple Onion. Where Have All The Flowers Gone - Kingston Trio - 16 Greatest Hits (Cassette result was a series of sold-out shows, and a one-week engagement that turned into two weeks, before the trio got their own headlining gig at the club lasting five months, from June to December of During that summer, Capitol Records producer Voyle Gilmorewho had previously recorded Frank Sinatra and the Four Freshmensaw them play at the Purple Onion, and a seven-year contract was signed Where Have All The Flowers Gone - Kingston Trio - 16 Greatest Hits (Cassette thereafter.
The Kingston Trio spent the next few months intensively rehearsing, refining, and polishing their act as they went along; they recognized that musical ability alone was not going to keep audiences entertained, and they quickly developed a comic stage banter which grew out of their own personalities, and learned how to pace themselves, their songs, and their banter for maximum effect, and also how to make it sound spontaneous to audiences night after night.
The group followed the Purple Onion engagement with a national tour that took them to Mr. During this tour, the group recorded its self-titled debut album in a series of sessions held over the three days.
Their residence in San Francisco was now at the much more prestigious Hungry I, and it was there that they recorded their second album before a live audience in the summer of The album sold well despite the fact that it broke little new ground, merely showcasing the group's engaging interaction with its audience and some spirited singing. At Largethe Trio 's third album, was their first done in stereo, and the first recording on which they began to change their sound, advancing it significantly from their roots.
There was extensive use of overdubbing, with multiple voices, guitars, and banjos, so that there were upward of half-a-dozen Trio "members" heard at any one time singing and playing. The trio made the cover of Life magazine on August 3,and were voted the Best Group of the Year for in the pages of both Billboard and Cashbox magazines, the twin recording industry bibles; they also won two Grammy Awards.
None of this exactly pleased the serious folk audience, who felt that the Kingston Trio, in popularizing traditional songs, also cheapened them; although the Trio received a reasonably enthusiastic reception at the Newport Folk Festival inthey were never embraced by the folk audience of the late '50s.
There was also probably some professional resentment, owing to the fact that these three college graduates in their twenties, who had never paid their dues in the labor or anti-Nazi struggles of the '30s and '40s, or endured the frosty anti-left political atmosphere of the early and mid-'50s, were suddenly making hundreds of thousands of dollars with the very same repertories that these serious folkies had performed for decades. The group was, however, immensely popular with almost every segment of the mass audience, but most of all among college students, who found both relaxation and validation in their mix of folk songs, humor, and good spirits.
They were sufficiently well-liked by older listeners, and embraced by younger audiences, to justify their appearances on television series such as The Jack Benny Show where they mimed to their recordings of "I'm Going Home" and "Tijuana Jail," the latter sung on a set made up as -- you guessed it -- a Tijuana jail.
All these artists were capable of recording popular versions of old folk songs, although none matched the trio's exposure or sales. Still, there was plenty of work to go around in those days.
Folk music was what was happening, and other record labels and folk clubs were willing to try anything to imitate Capitol's success with the group. This era was later recalled and satirized in Christopher Guest 's comedy film A Mighty Wind, in which the Kingston Trio and other collegiate-type folk groups of the period were parodied in the guise of "the Folksmen.
According to Bill Bushthey accounted for percent of Capitol's profits for the entire year ofduring a period when the label's roster also included such legends and sales powerhouses as Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. They defined the entire folk-pop genre in much the same way that the Beach Boys defined surf music and the Beatles later defined the entire British Invasion. Where Have All The Flowers Gone - Kingston Trio - 16 Greatest Hits (Cassette influence extended far beyond their corner of the music marketplace, as the Trio not only recorded an enviable array of hits but also introduced to the world a number of songs that became hits in the hands of others, including "It Was a Very Good Year" during the '50s and, in the early '60s, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.
The Trio's youthful exuberance and mix of upbeat sensibilities and traditional songs seemed perfectly of a piece with the dawn of the Kennedy administration, and their music set a veritable soundtrack for college life during the era.
Before the new president had even taken office, however, the Kingston Trio faced their first major crisis. In January ofamid growing differences over the musical direction of the group, Dave Guard left.
The most serious and cerebral of the three, Guard was the one who knew a lot of the folk songs, especially the songs from other countries, that the Trio had performed and recorded. His very sophistication, however, resulted in his departure, out of a desire to explore folk music on a broader level, with fewer concessions to popular taste. After leaving the TrioGuard founded a quartet called the Whiskeyhill Singers with Judy HenskeDavid "Buck" Wheat who had been the Trio 's bassistand Cyrus Faryar ; their one album for Capitol, done in a style very different from that of the Triomet with little success, and the group later appeared on the soundtrack of the blockbuster Western How the West Album) Won However, the Kingston Trio carried on, their success unabated, with new member John Stewart joining in early Pete Seeger.
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