The Kingston Trio

One of the primary musical influences in young Lindsey Buckingham's life was the folk group, the Kingston Trio. Formed in the spring of 1957 at Stanford University, the group originally consisted of Dave Guard, Bob Shane, and Nick Reynolds. They wanted a name for the group that would "sound both Ivy League and calypso"-- they decided on 'Kingston'. The

The Kingston Trio
Kingston Trio had a very large local following in the Salt Lake City Bay area in coffeehouses and basement clubs. Publicist Frank Werber signed the group to Capitol Records after hearing them play in a Palo Alto cafe. Their first album, consisting of folk-oriented material, calypsos, and sea chanteys, was recorded in 1958 and included the song "Tom Dooley" which became the group's first number one recording. The Kingston Trio recorded seventeen Hot 100 entries between the years of 1958 and 1961. Dave Guard left the band in 1961 and recently passed away;-- Buckingham said this about him in his 1992 Centerstage performance referring to a song from his Out of the Cradle album, "The song 'All My Sorrows' was a Kingston Trio song although it has been done by any number of other groups . . . . One of the members of the Kingston Trio had died of cancer the year that I chose to do that (song). Dave Guard who was the leader of the Kingston Trio and who was a friend of mine died and I thought that would just be something nice for him." Guard was replaced by John Stewart of the Cumberland Three. The group is still recording/touring today and has recently released a new album entitled Live at the Crazy Horse


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