The Kingston Trio is one of the most popular American Folk groups in American history. From 1957 to 1963 they were by far the most popular folk group in the world.
The original trio formed in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1957. After just finishing college, Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds, and Dave Guard formed the group.
Their first big gig was at a popular night club in San Francisco, opening for funny lady Phyllis Diller. They went on to San Francisco's Purple Onion, headlining the club after Phyllis Diller cancelled. They soon signed a 7 year contract with Capitol Records.
They soon went on a nation wide tour while recording when they could. They had huge hits, their first being "Tom Dooley". Following the success of that recording came classics such as "Scotch and Soda", "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?", "Greenback Dollar", "M.T.A.", "A Worried Man" and "The Tijuana Jail" to name a few.
In 1967 the Trio disbanded after a final performance at the Hungry i, June 17, 1967. Bob Shane started a new gruop called the new Kingston Trio n 1969.
One of the founding members, Dave Guard, passed away in 1991.