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The Kingston Trio

The Kingston Trio is an American folk and pop music group that helped launch the folk revival of the late 1950s to late 1960s. The group started as a San Francisco Bay Area nightclub act with an original lineup of Dave Guard, Bob Shane, and Nick Reynolds. It rose to international popularity, fueled by unprecedented sales of LP records, and helped alter the direction of popular music in the U.S.

The Kingston Trio was one of the most prominent groups of the era's pop-folk boom that started in 1958 with the release of their first album and its hit recording of "Tom Dooley", which sold over three million copies as a single. The Trio released nineteen albums that made Billboard's Top 100, fourteen of which ranked in the top 10, and five of which hit the number 1 spot. Four of the group's LPs charted among the 10 top-selling albums for five weeks in November and December 1959, a record unmatched for more than 50 years, and the group still ranks in the all-time lists of many of Billboard's cumulative charts, including those for most weeks with a number 1 album, most total weeks charting an album, most number 1 albums, most consecutive number 1 albums, and most top ten albums.

In 1961, the Trio was described as "the most envied, the most imitated, and the most successful singing group, folk or otherwise, in all show business" and "the undisputed kings of the folksinging rage by every yardstick". The Trio's massive record sales in its early days made acoustic folk music commercially viable, paving the way for singer-songwriter, folk rock, and Americana artists who followed in their wake.

The Kingston Trio continues to tour as of 2020 with musicians who licensed the name and trademark in 2017.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1957, Died 1967

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1964 - 1966

Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 56 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 117024 2/18/1966 Norwegian wood The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca 117025 2/18/1966 Put your money away-1 The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca 117274 4/14/1966 A little soul is born The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13538 10/13/1964 Midnight special The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13539 10/13/1964 Love's been good to me The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13540 10/13/1964 Poverty hill The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13541 10/13/1964 some day soon The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13542 10/13/1964 Gotta travel on The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13543 10/13/1964 Hope you understand The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13544 10/13/1964 My ramblin' boy (3: 42) The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13545 10/13/1964 Love comes a truckling down The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13546 10/13/1964 Long time blues The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13547 10/13/1964 More pooms The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13548 10/13/1964 Farewell The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13549 11/21/1964 I'm going home The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13550 10/13/1964 My ramblin' boy (2:40) The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13557 11/21/1964 Little play soldiers The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13671 3/29/1965 Stories of old The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13672 3/29/1965 Yes I can feel it The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13673 3/29/1965 Gonna go down the river The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13674 3/29/1965 Hanna Lee The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13675 3/29/1965 Bottle of wine The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13676 3/29/1965 Where I'm bound The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13677 3/29/1965 If you see me go The Kingston Trio Musical group  
Decca L 13678 3/29/1965 If I had a ship The Kingston Trio Musical group  
(Results 1-25 of 56 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kingston Trio, The," accessed November 23, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/325350.

Kingston Trio, The. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 23, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/325350.

"Kingston Trio, The." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 23 November 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/325350

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