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The Kingston Trio is an American folk group. They helped launch the folk revival of the 1960s and continued to thrive despite the emergence of rock and roll.

The Kingston Trio was formed in 1957 in the Palo Alto, California area by Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds, and Dave Guard, who were just out of college. Greatly influenced by The Weavers, the calypso sounds of Harry Belafonte, and other semi-popular folk artists such as the Gateway Singers and the Tarriers, they were discovered playing at a college club called the Cracked Pot by Frank Werber, a local publicist then working at the Hungry i. He became their manager, and secured them a one-shot deal with Capitol Records.

Their first hit was a catchy rendition of an old-time folk song, “Tom Dooley”, which went gold in 1958. It was so popular that it entered popular culture as a catchphrase: Ella Fitzgerald, for example, parodies it during her recorded version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. It won them the first Grammy award for Best Country & Western Performance in 1959. The next year, they won the first Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording category for the album The Kingston Trio at Large.

At one point in the early 1960s The Kingston Trio had four albums at the same time among the Top 10 selling albums, a record unmatched for nearly 40 years. In spite of this, they had a relatively small number of hit singles.

The group’s music was simple and accessible, with much use of tight vocal harmony, signature riffs (often played on the banjo), and repetitive choruses.


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  • yerbyderby

    Heard this song so often in the last 30 years, that I´m a little bored, when I hear it again. The Song was a Number 1 Hit in the USA.

    11 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Dadalalatata


    27 Jun 2013 Reply
  • worst_astronaut

    так задушевно

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
  • noodel1988

    Tom Dooley great song! Here is the story behind the song: (dutch television).

    30 Dec 2011 Reply
  • borntogeek

    the kingston trio sing about the major issues at

    30 Sep 2011 Reply
  • dzidzitop


    30 Aug 2011 Reply
  • zedshtein's sweet

    20 Jul 2011 Reply
  • yJURAy


    22 Apr 2011 Reply
  • vigil438

    grew up listening to these guys gotta love old hippie parents

    19 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Choirchick22


    13 Apr 2011 Reply
  • dbwb

    Greenback Dollar

    5 Apr 2011 Reply
  • GedasB

    and I don't give a damn about a greenback dollar

    16 Feb 2011 Reply
  • NoeLennon

    one of my dads fav's.... I even got to see them live in ogdensburgh NY in about 1989 or so...

    27 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Wethand

    Yeah, pretty cool! I like them.

    20 Aug 2009 Reply
  • mrsdbcolny


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  • kArPeX


    17 Mar 2009 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    First time I've heard them in decades. Don't think they've worn too well. A little bit too genteel. ...... but they were big in their time, and important in the revitalisation of folk.

    24 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Twiggystickstoo

    This, as I remember listening to,was the grassroots music of the flower children and the hippies of which Peter Paul & Mary & Dylan's music began.

    18 Dec 2008 Reply
  • meanmrmustard


    5 Oct 2008 Reply
  • ulovemadde

    Så fina "pojkar"välsjungande,delade med sig på Universiteten,gratis nästan, i en tid då vår värld närde ett litet hopp om en ljusare framtid, i skuggan av 2 världskriget,banjon trollband mina öron,min sårade själ fick balsam och lindring,jag sprang barfota i sommaren,till skivbutiken,där söta flickor ,plockade fram KINGSTON TRIO.... Lp för 9:90 och jag skyndade hem,trummande på gatstenarna,lagda för hand av hårt arbetande äkta jobbare i Östersunds begynnande 1900 tals framtid...du ska vandra ensam i den långsamma dalgången... och i själens öron ,så kliver banjon,gitarren,basen,sången...från en svunnen tid. TACK KINGSTON TRIO !!!!! ni gav mig balsam och lite hopp.

    1 Aug 2008 Reply
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