Bob Shane, co-founder and final surviving authentic member of the influential folks group the Kingston Trio, died Sunday on the age of 85.
Shane died at a hospice facility in Phoenix, Arizona, the place he lived the previous few a long time, his agent confirmed to The New York Times. Shane’s spouse, Bobbie Childress, told The Washington Post that her husband had been affected by pneumonia and different illnesses previous to this demise.
The members of the Kingston Trio — Shane, Nick Reynolds, and Dave Guard — shaped the singing group as faculty college students within the Bay Space within the first half of the Fifties; by the top of the last decade, the Kingston Trio would turn into one of many nation’s hottest bands, releasing 5 Quantity One albums, together with a span in 1959 when 4 of the albums within the Prime 10 belonged to the Kingston Trio.
Shane served as vocalist and guitarist on their greatest hits, together with “Scotch and Soda,” “M.T.A.,” a rendition of the homicide ballad “Tom Dooley,” and the normal tune “The Wreck of the John B.,” the latter of which immediately impressed the Seashore Boys’ “Sloop John B.” The trio additionally helped popularize Pete Seeger’s “The place Have All of the Flowers Gone?” and recorded “It Was a Very Good 12 months” earlier than that tune turned a Frank Sinatra staple.
Their “Tom Dooley” offered greater than 1 million copies, positioned Quantity One on the singles chart, and helped launch the influential folks revival in well-liked music. The tune additionally received Greatest Nation and Western Recording on the Grammy Awards in 1959; 50 years later, in 2008, the Library of Congress Nationwide Registry of Historic Important Recordings enshrined the tune.
Nonetheless, by the early Sixties, the Kingston Trio’s business model of folks was supplanted by a younger batch of “pure” folks artists like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, in addition to the British Invasion. As Dylan told Rolling Stone in 2001, “There have been different folk-music data, business folk-music data, like these by the Kingston Trio. I by no means actually was an elitist. Personally, I favored the Kingston Trio. I may see the image…the Kingston Trio have been in all probability the very best business group going, and so they appeared to know what they have been doing.”
Following the Kingston Trio’s breakup in 1967 and a quick solo profession, Shane shaped the New Kingston Trio in 1969, and he continued performing with various lineups below the Kingston Trio moniker till his retirement in 2004.
Guard died of lymphoma in 1991, and Reynolds died of acute respiratory failure in October 2008; Guard’s substitute John Stewart, who joined in 1961 after his predecessor left and likewise loved a famend solo profession, died from a mind aneurysm in 2008.