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Shane – Guard – Reynolds & Stewart

The Kingston Trio 1957-1961: Bob Shane, Dave Guard, Nick Reynolds

Bob Shane (left) with Guard and Reynolds

Bob Shane, of course, was a founding member of the “folk” group The Kingston Trio.  And why do I state folk in quotation marks?  Read on..

Robert Castle Schoen was born in February of 1932 in the then small town of Hilo located on the island of Hawaii or “The Big Island”.  Bob’s family roots went back four generations in Hawaii.

Robert spent his early growing up years in Hilo attending elementary school there.  He apparently either moved to or boarded in Honolulu to attend both junior high and high school at a prestigious and noted school –  Punahou School which was founded in 1841.  Another slightly known alumnus was former U.S. President Barrack Obama.  Another student at Punahou would be Dave Guard a future Kingston Trio founder – who moved from San Francisco to Hawaii during his high school years.

The Calypsonians/Kingston Quartet

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Shane (he changed his name as a musician) traveled to California to attend college and would soon meet up with Nicky Reynolds a budding folk singer.  The two became fast friends.  Bob and Dave would form the “Calypsonians” quickly becoming “The Kingston Quartet” in 1956 along with Joe Gannon and Barbara Bogue.

Kingston Trio Debut – May, 1958 Cash Box

Gannon would go on to provide musical management services for Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Teddy Pendergrass, Bill Cosby and even managed Frank Zappa’s record label.

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Joe Gannon

Bob would next introduce Dave Guard to Nicky and the three would team up to form the The Kingston Trio and history was about to be made.  The group was hugely popular and very successful as a recording act – achieving five number one long plays and placing 14 albums in the Hot 100.  Their second single “Tom Dooley” (first was “Scarlet Ribbons”) sold over 6 million copies!

Hang Down Your Head Mr. Dooley

Older Denverites will remember Pogo Poge on KIMN playing Tom Dooley over and over and over until a group of teens came to the station – whisked him away in their car putting a mock ‘kidnapping’ of sorts putting an end to the monotony of poor Tom Dooley being hanged.

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Pogo on a used car lot flag pole

Pogo loved a good stunt – including broadcasting from a snake pit – where he was bitten – and broadcasting from the top of a utility pole.  Ironically Pogo would venture to Hawaii when his KIMN days were finished where he hosted a children’s show called “Checkers and Poo” from 1967 until 1982 on radio station KGMB.  He also appeared in several episodes of “Hawaii Five O” in the role of Attorney General of Hawaii.

Young Morgan White

Pogo – who’s real name was Morgan Branch White – passed away in 2010 of heart failure at the age of 86 in Provo, Utah his birth State where he had returned in the late 1980’s to farm.  Morgan was a life-long member of the  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Long term success for the three original members was not to be.  Dave Guard became at odds with Bob and Nicky and although they attempted to reconcile and even reunite later after the John Stewart years – it just did not work out.  And so they went their separate ways in May of 1961.  Nick and Bob then brought on another southern California acquaintance – John Stewart – a talented musician and song writer – “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” would be the Kingston Trio’s first charting single with Stewart aboard reaching number 21 in early 1962.

And throughout their time together they were the object of much scorn and ridicule from the purist folk community who constantly harangued the Trio for ‘degrading’ true folk with pop and excessive instrumentation.

All three Kingston Trio members said they never classified themselves as strictly a folk group – or for that matter – hardly a folk group at all.  They found the moniker too confining and unsatisfying – and always wanted to further explore the world of pop music.

I remember seeing them perform at the Lagoon in Salt Lake City – I ran across the three in a malt shop in the Lagoon during their intermission and they were all huddled around a juke box – They selected two or three songs by The Beach Boys!

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Bob Shane Discography

45 – Decca 32239 – Weeping Annaleah/Simple Gifts – December, 1967

45 – Decca 32275 – Honey/I Don’t Think Of You Anymore – February, 1968

The Kingston Trio Discography (Charting Records)

45 – Capitol F4049 – Tom Dooley – Charted Number 1 Hot 100 – Number 9 R&B b/w Ruby Red – September, 1958

45 – Capitol F4114 – Raspberries Strawberries – Charted Number 70 – b/w Sally – December, 1958

45 – Capitol F4167 – The Tijuana Jail – Charted Number 12 – b/w Oh Cindy – February, 1959

Capitol F4221 – The M.T.A. – Charted Number 15 – b/w All My Sorrows – May, 1959

45 – Capitol 4271 – A Worried Man – Charted Number 20 – b/w San Miguel – Charted Number 29 in the UK – August, 1959

45 – Capitol 4303 – Coo-Coo-U – Charted Number 98 – b/w Green Grasses – November, 1959

45 – Capitol 4338 – El Matador – Charted Number 32 – b/w Home From the Hill – Charted Number 102 – January, 1960

45 – Capitol 4379 – Bad Man Blunder – Charted Number 37 – b/w The Escape of Old John Webb – May, 1960

45 – Capitol 4441 – The Everglades – Charted Number 60 – b/w This Mornin’ This Evenin’ So Soon – September, 1960

45 – Capitol 4671 – Where Have All The Flowers Gone – Charted Number 21 – b/w O Ken Karanga – December, 1961

45 – Capitol 4740 – Scotch and Soda – Charted Number 81 – b/w Jane, Jane, Jane – Charted Number 93 – March, 1962

45 – Capitol 4808 – Old Joe Clark – Charted Number 113 – b/w C’Mon Betty Home – July, 1962

45 – Capitol 4842 – One More Town – Charted Number 97 b/w She Was Too Good To Me – September, 1962

45 – Capitol 4898 – Greenback Dollar – Charted Number 21 – b/w The New Frontier – January, 1963

45 – Capitol 4951 – Reverend Mr. Black – Charted Number 8 Hot 100 – Number 15 R&B – b/w One More Round – April, 1963

45 – Capitol 5005 – Desert Pete – Charted Number 33 Hot 100 – b/w Ballad of the Thresher – July, 1963

Desert Pete was composed by Billy Ed Wheeler who wrote High Flying Bird which was recorded by Boulder, Colorado group Zephyr which featured Tommy Bolin.

45 – Capitol 5078 – Ally Ally Oxen Free – Charted Number 61 – b/w Marcelle Vahine – November, 1963

45 – Capitol 5132 – Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream – Charted Number 124 – b/w The Patriot Game – February, 1964

45 – Capitol 5166 – If You Don’t Look Around – Charted Number 123 b/w Seasons In The Sun – April, 1964

The Trio’s final charting single on Capitol Records

45 – Decca 31730 – I’m Going Home – Charted Number 104 – b/w Little Play Soldiers – December, 1964

45 – Decca 31860 – Parchment Farm (Blues) – Charted Number Adult Contemporary – b/w Runaway Song – October, 1965

45 – Tetragrammaton T-1526 – Scotch and Soda – Charted Number 124 – b/w One Too Many Mornings – April, 1969

The final charting single for the Kingston Trio

The Kingston Trio Long Play Charting Discography

LP – Capitol T-996 – The Kingston Trio – Charted Number 1 – June, 1958

LP – Capitol T-1107 – From the Hungry I – Charted Number 2 – January, 1959

LP – Capitol ST-1183 – Stereo Concert – Charted Number 15 – March, 1959

LP – Capitol T-1199 – At Large – Charted Number 1 – June, 1959

LP – Capitol T-1258 – Here We Go Again! – Charted Number 1 – October, 1959

LP – Capitol T-1352 – Sold Out – Charted Number 1 – April, 1960

LP – Capitol T-1407 – String Along – Charted Number 1 – July, 1960

LP – Capitol ST-1446 – The Last Month of the Year – Charted Number 11 – October, 1960

LP – Capitol ST-1474 – Make Way – Charted Number 2 – January, 1961

LP – Capitol T-1564 – Goin’ Places – Charted Number 3 – July, 1961

LP – Capitol T-1642 – Close Up – Charted Number 3 – October, 1961

LP – Capitol T-1658 – College Concert – Charted Number 3 – February, 1962

LP – Capitol T-1705 – The Best of the Kingston Trio – Charted Number 7 – May, 1962

LP – Capitol ST 1747 – Something Special – Charted Number 7 – July, 1962

LP – Capitol ST-1808 – New Frontier – Charted Number 16 – September, 1962

LP – Capitol ST-1871 – The Kingston Trio #16 – Charted Number 4 – March, 163

LP – Capitol T-1935 – Sunny Side – Charted Number 7 – July, 1963

LP – Capitol ST-2011 – Time To Think – Charted Number 18 – February, 1964

LP – Capitol ST-2081 – Back in Town – Charted Number 22 – May, 1964

LP – Decca DL 74613 – Nick Bob John – Charted Number 53 – December, 1964

LP – Decca Dl 4656 – Stay Awhile – Charted Number 126 – May, 1965

LP – Tetragrammaton TD 5101 – Once Upon A Time – Charted Number 163 – June, 1969

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