The Kingston Trio time line

1957- September 15, 1961

Last revised: December 13, 2006.


1957

 
Sunday February 10, 1957: POINT OF INTEREST: Bob Shane and Dave Guard Guard perform Goodnight Irene for High School Carnival.
SOURCE: Kingston Trio. Records, 1956-1986. UWM Manuscript Collection 16. University Manuscripts Collection. Golda Meir Library. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Phil C. post to the Kingston Crossroads Board 6/19/2002
RECORDING SESSION: Run Joe (Dave Guard and the Calypsonians) (Composer Unknown) 2:42
Taken from acetate mono demo recorded approximately February 10, 1957
Previously unreleased
The Kingston Trio of Dave Guard, Nick Reynolds and Bob Shane did not suddenly hatch on the doorstep of the Capitol Tower in 1958. The three participated in various musical aggregations in their California college scene, including one called " Dave Guard and the Calypsonians." In early 1957, Bob was in Hawaii for a gig (that reportedly included Elvis impressions) when the quartet (Dave, Nick, Barbara Bogue and Joe Gannon) recorded eight tunes for some demonstration discs. "Run Joe," as the high end distortions bear out, is taken directly from one of those surviving acetates, and it accurately showcases the group's sound at that time.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Fast Freight (Composer: Terry Gilkyson) 5:12
Taken from acetate mono demo recorded approximately February 10, 1957
Previously unreleased
Dave borrowed the arrangement for Fast Freight" from the song-bag of "The Easy Riders," a group much admired by he and his cohorts.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

March 2, 1957: POINT OF INTEREST: Bob Shane returns from Honolulu per Joe Gannon's request.
SOURCE: Kingston Trio. Records, 1956-1986. UWM Manuscript Collection 16. University Manuscripts Collection. Golda Meir Library. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Phil C. post to the Kingston Crossroads Board 6/19/2002
May 1, 1957: POINT OF INTEREST: Enter Bob Shane; exit Joe Gannon and Barbara Bogue
SOURCE: Kingston Trio. Records, 1956-1986. UWM Manuscript Collection 16. University Manuscripts Collection. Golda Meir Library. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Phil C. post to the Kingston Crossroads Board 6/19/2002
Sunday June 16, 1957 POINT OF INTEREST: Dave Guard (vocals, 6-string guitar, 12-string guitar and 5-string banjo), Nick Reynolds (vocals, tenor (4-string) guitar, bongos and conga) and Bob Shane (vocals, 6-string guitar and tenor banjo) join forces to form the Kingston Trio in Palo Alto California.
SOURCE: Concert Program (Concord (CA) Pavilion - 9/7/1979.)
Saturday June 25 &
Sunday June 26, (Memorial Day weekend) 1957
PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Phyllis Diller backs out of an engagement at San Francisco's Purple Onion and is replace by The Kingston Trio.
SOURCE: Liner notes "The Kingston Trio Collectors Edition" (Capitol-CDP 7 927102)
Thursday July 4, 1957 POINT OF INTEREST: The Kingston Trio signs to perform for one week at San Francisco's Purple Onion; a booking that ultimately lasts seven months.
SOURCE: Liner notes "The Kingston Trio Collectors Edition" (Capitol-CDP 7 927102)
Winter of 1957 until the Summer of 1958 POINT OF INTEREST: First road trip away from home takes the boys East, working to strange new audiences in concert halls across the country and at some of the nation's best night clubs - places like New York's Blue Angel and Village Vanguard and Chicago's Mr. Kelly's.
SOURCE: Concert Program, "An Evening with The Kingston Trio" (circa 1964/65.)

1958

 
February, 1958: POINT OF INTEREST: Buck Wheat hired
SOURCE: Kingston Trio. Records, 1956-1986. UWM Manuscript Collection 16. University Manuscripts Collection. Golda Meir Library. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Phil C. post to the Kingston Crossroads Board 6/19/2002
Wednesday February 5, 1958 RECORDING SESSION: Capitol Studio, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Dt., Hollywood, CA: Hard, Ain't it Hard, Three Jolly Coachmen, Scotch and Soda, Tom Dooley, Tom Dooley (with German intro), Sloop John B', and Coplas; 1958
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 84, Bear Family / Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Tom Dooley
Master #18490 (mono) recorded February 5, 1958
(Adopted by Frank Warner, John A. Lomax and Alan Lomax) , 3:01
Album: THE KINGSTON TRIO / Single 4049
The Trio first heard the song on the afternoon of August 20, 1957, at a talent audition at the Purple Onion. Their final arrangement featured Nick Reynolds' now famous spoken intro ("Throughout history . . . ") and Bob Shane's memorable lead vocal and it was one of the few songs the group did with Bob on banjo.
It was recorded for their first album, THE KINGSTON TRIO, and it might have remained there if a Salt Lake record store owner hadn't seen the group perform in San Francisco and been impressed enough to cart a few copies home to sell. One was picked up by a local disk jockey who was taken enough with "Tom Dooley" to plat it on the air. Listener requests were overwhelming and more stations throughout the United States began programming the track.
It was actually the Trio's second 45 (check out the first - "Scarlet Ribbons" - on the groups excellent CAPITOL COLLECTORS SERIES compact disc release), and it would remain charted for five months, hitting the #1 spot during one week, earning the group its only gold single (selling over six million copies worldwide) and its first two Grammy nominations. (It lost in the "Vocal Group" category but won for "Best Country and Western Vocal.")
What "Tom Dooley" did cannot be minimized. Only "Heartbreak Hotel" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" can legitimately claim to have a greater impact on the direction of American Popular Music since World War II. Just about every person who ever made a living with an acoustic guitar owes a debt to the Kingston Trio's recording of "Tom Dooley."
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Sloop John B
Master #18439 (mono) recorded February 5, 1958
(Lee Hays and Carl Sandburg) 3:30
Album: THE KINGSTON TRIO
Few lines of musical influence are as easily traced as those provided by "Sloop John B." The Kingston Trio's haunting low key version from their first album was handed down to them by their mentors, The Weavers; and the Trio then handed it down (along with their emblematic striped shirts) to the Beach Boys, who took a rocking rendition to #3 in 1966. Note Nick's subdued percussion on this Kingston classic.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

Thursday February 6 , 1958
RECORDING SESSION: Capitol Studio, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine St., Hollywood, CA: Santy Anno, Fast Freight, Bay of Mexico, Banua, Saro Jane and Wimoweh; 1958
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 84, Bear Family Records

RECORDING SESSION : Album number one - "The Kingston trio" - was recorded at Capitol's Studio B in Los Angeles, CA. (February 6 & 7, 1958)
SOURCE: Liner notes "The Kingston Trio / . . . From the Hungry "I"" (Capitol-CDP 7 96748 2) and Liner notes "The Kingston Trio Collectors Edition" (Capitol-CDP 7 927102)

Thursday February 6 &
Friday February 7, 1958
RECORDING SESSION : Album number one - "The Kingston trio" - was recorded at Capitol's Studio B in Los Angeles, CA.
SOURCE: Liner notes "The Kingston Trio / . . . From the Hungry "I"" (Capitol-CDP 7 96748 2) and Liner notes "The Kingston Trio Collectors Edition" (Capitol-CDP 7 927102)
Friday February 7, 1958 RECORDING SESSION : Dodi Li (Guard / Reynolds / Shane) 5:12
Master #18403 (mono) recorded February 7, 1958
Previously unreleased
The Kingston Trio had eleven strong songs on tape in the course of two days recording for their first album On the third day they immediately cut the twelfth ("Little Maggie") and then found themselves with some leftover studio time The result was "Dodi Li" This is as spirited a tune as the Trio ever had laid down and a translated version (with less emphasis on hand claps) retitled "Dorie: appeared on their second album FROM THE HUNGRY I
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION :Capitol Studio, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine Dt., Hollywood, CA: Little Maggie and Dodi Lii and Medley: Tanga Tika/Toereau.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 84, Bear Family Records & Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

March 4, 1958 RECORDING SESSION: John Wolf Studio, San Francisco, CA: Sally Don't You Grieve and Blue Tattoo.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 84, Bear Family Records & Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
April, 1958: POINT OF INTEREST: Bob Shane meets Mary Travers; Reynolds meets Joan Harris, who has just left her husband, Pat Paulson
SOURCE: Kingston Trio. Records, 1956-1986. UWM Manuscript Collection 16. University Manuscripts Collection. Golda Meir Library. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Phil C. post to the Kingston Crossroads Board 6/19/2002
April 4, 1958 RECORDING SESSION: Capitol Studio, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine St., Hollywood, CA: "Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)" and "When the Saints go Marching in."
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 84, Bear Family Records
Thursday May 1, 1958 TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio make their TV debut on the CBS dramatic program "Playhouse 90" appearing in "Rumors of Evening," playing world War II pilots, and introduce the song "Scarlet Ribbons."
SOURCE: The Kingston trio, Their Greatest and Finest Performances (Readers Digest 093C), The Kingston Trio: The Capitol Collectors Series (CDP 7 927102).
June 1, 1958 DATE OF BIRTH: A girl, their first child, is born to Dave and Gretchen Guard.
SOURCE: "When Rock Was Young", 1981 by Bruce Pollock, Published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 383 Madison Ave., New York, NY
June 6, 1958: POINT OF INTEREST: Note from Werber to Shane: "Quit partying after hours - stop being a corny ham; don't be a clown - I'm tired of babying your feelings".
SOURCE: Kingston Trio. Records, 1956-1986. UWM Manuscript Collection 16. University Manuscripts Collection. Golda Meir Library. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Phil C. post to the Kingston Crossroads Board 6/19/2002
Thursday June 19, 1958 POINT OF INTEREST: Disc Jockeys Bill Terry and Paul Colburn at radio station KLUB in Salt Lake City, UT, begin giving one of the tracks on their first album, Tom Dooley, air-play.
SOURCE: Liner notes "The Kingston Trio / . . . From the Hungry 'I'" (Capitol-CDP 7 96748 2)
July 1958 POINT OF INTEREST: Bill Terry and Paul Colburn of KLUB radio in Salt Lake City "break out" the song "Tom Dooley" from the Kingston Trio's first album - "The Kingston Trio." By October it had entered the Billboard Top 10 Singles Chart - where it stayed until January of 1959, eventually selling more than 3,000,000 copies.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
August 1958 POINT OF INTEREST: David "Buck" Wheat is hired to play base with The Kingston Trio.
SOURCE: Liner notes "The Kingston Trio Collectors Edition" (Capitol-CDP 7 927102)
Friday August 15, 1958 RECORDING SESSION: (Live performance at San Francisco's Hungry i.):
New York Girls, They Call the Wind Maria, Shady Grove/Lonesome Traveler, et al
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
August 16, 1958 RECORDING SESSION: New York Girls (Burl Ives) 2:33
Master #30206 (mono) recorded August 16, 1958
Album: FROM THE HUNGRY I
Another major influence on the Kingston Trio was folk balladeer Burl Ives, who ironically became a Country-Pop hit maker once the Folk Boom bloomed and then abandoned all that for a successful acting career. This lively sea chanty "New York Girls" was recorded by the Trio for their FROM THE HUNGRY I album and that robust rendition is included here.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: They Call The Wind Maria (Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner) 4:32
Master #30207 (mono) recorded August 16, 1958
Album: FROM THE HUNGRY I
"They Call The Wind Maria", from the Broadway musical "Paint Your Wagon," was a show stopper in the Trio's repertoire from almost the beginning, and if remains an all-time favorite with the group's many fans. Bob's lead vocal is one of his most electrifying, and Nick's tempo changing work on bon ~os is fIrst rafe on this prime FROM THE HUNGRY I cut
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Shady Grove / Lonesome Traveler (adapted by Jean Ritchie / Lee Hays) 3:14
Master #30209 (mono) recorded August 16, 1958
Album: FROM THE HUNGRY I
A tempo change is also one of he highlights of another FROM THE HUNGRY I selection, "Shady Grovel Lonesome Traveler." One of the few medleys ever recorded by the Trio, it features a humorous introduction by Bob and a fine performance by Dave on lead vocal "Lonesome Traveler" is especially exhilarating.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

Monday September 22, 1958 POINT OF INTEREST: Nick Reynolds and Joan Harris are married in San Francisco, CA. ( Dave Guard is NOT invited (SOURCE: Kingston Trio. Records, 1956-1986. UWM Manuscript Collection 16. University Manuscripts Collection. Golda Meir Library. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Phil C. post to the Kingston Crossroads Board 6/19/2002))
October 6, 1958 AWARD / RECOGNITION: The Kingston Trio's single release of "Tom Dooley" entered the Top 40 chart.
SOURCE: D.T.'s
October 14, 1958: POINT OF INTEREST: Dave Guard buys 5-string Pete Seeger from Vega for $225.
SOURCE: Kingston Trio. Records, 1956-1986. UWM Manuscript Collection 16. University Manuscripts Collection. Golda Meir Library. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Phil C. post to the Kingston Crossroads Board 6/19/2002
Fall 1958 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: While The Kingston Trio is appearing at the royal Hawaiian in Honolulu, HI, Disc Jockeys Bill Terry and Paul Colburn at radio station KLUB in Salt Lake City, UT, begin giving one of the tracks on their first album a lot of air play - the exposure is infectious.
Monday November 24, to
Sunday December 14, 1958
PERSONAL APPEARANCE: La Fiesta, Juarez, Mexico
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 88, Bear Family Records
November 19, 1958 TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the NBC program "The Milton Berle Kraft Music Hall" (9:00-9:30 pm)
SOURCE: Jean Wards personal archive.
December 7, 1958 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio continues at La Fiesta, Juarez, Mexico
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 88, Bear Family Records
Sunday December 14, 1958 RECORDING SESSION: Bay Of Mexico (adapted by Dave Guard) 3:34
Master #18398A added to the Capitol archives December 14, 1958
Previously unreleased by Capitol
Listening to it now, it's hard to imagine why "Bay of Mexico" was omitted from STEREO CONCERT's lineup. The live stereo adds a dimension that makes this a cut above the earlier studio version from the Trio's first album.
The Weavers' Pete Seeger gave Dave a few pointers regarding the songs arrangement.
The Trio traditionally worked with one microphone in concert, so they were pretty much oblivious to the additional pair hung from overhead to capture the recording in stereo. This accounts for the drastic drop in volume during the group's patter (spoken intimately into the house mike) as well as the occasionally far-off quality of Nick's vocals.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Across The Wide Missouri (Jimmy Shirl and Ervin M. Drake) 3:54
Master #31705A added to the Capitol archives December 14, 1958
Previously unreleased
Perhaps the most unusual item that didn't appear or STEREO CONCERT is this Dave Guard solo rendition of "Across The Wide Missouri." If you are familiar with the great harmonies of the studio version that later appeared on HERE WE GO AGAIN this one will provide a change of pace. The Trio was still calling the tune "Shenandoah" at this point.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Scotch And Soda (Dave Guard) 2:15
Master #18389A added to the Capitol archives December 14, 1958
Previously unreleased
Now considered the ultimate saloon song, "Scotch And Soda" was already an oldie when Dave and Bob first heard it In 1953. They were on a pre-Trio double date and Dave's dates parents {whose most famous offspring became baseball great Tom Seaver) played them a memorable song they'd heard at a hotel piano lounge on their honeymoon. When the time came to record the Trio's first album, Dave worked up an
arrangement for Bob's solo. After nearly five years of pleas from DJs, Capitol released "Scotch and Soda" as a single In 1962. The version Included here is the earliest known live recording of the song, another previously unreleased selection from the STEREO CONCERT tapes. Today "Scotch And Soda" is still Bob's favorite Trio tune and the identity of the original composer still remains a mystery.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Pay Me My Money Down (adapted by Dave Guard) 2:26
Master #unknown added to the Capitol archives December 14, 1958
Previously unreleased by Capitol
It's not known at what point the Trio stopped performing "Pay Me My Money Down," but there is no known studio version of the song and Capitol has waited until now to release this infectious live treatment. You may recognize this interchangeable Folk melody, as it was used to Top Ten effect by both Eddie Fisher and Vince Martin (with the Tarriers) on "Cindy, Oh Cindy" In 1 956.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

Monday December 15, 1958 MAGAZINE FEATURE: The Kingston Trio's first LIFE magazine article "Hanged Man In Hit Tune" hits the news stands.

PERSONAL APPEARANCE / RECORDING SESSION: Liberty Hall, El Paso, TX (Selections from this performance are later released on their third album, "Stereo Concert." - ST 1183) Little Maggie, Across The Wide Missouri, Scotch and Soda, Bay of Mexico, Pay Me Money Down, et al
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 88, Bear Family Records

Tuesday December 16, 1958 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Lubbock, TX
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 88, Bear Family Records
Wednesday December 17, 1958 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Tucson, AZ
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 88, Bear Family Records
Thursday December 18, 1958 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Auston, TX
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 88, Bear Family Records
Saturday December 27, 1958 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: the Palladium, Los Angeles, CA
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 88, Bear Family Records

1959

 
January, 1959 MAGAZINE FEATURE: Cover and feature article in MUSIC VIEWS magazine.
January 5, 1959 RECORD RELEASE: The Trio's second album, "The Kingston Trio From the Hungry "I"" is released.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
January 10, 1959 TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the NBC program "The Perry Como Show" (8:00 - 9:00 pm); schedualed, is the presentation of the "Gold" record for "Tom Dooley" (from the album The Kingston Trio.)
SOURCE: Jean Wards personal archive and The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 88, Bear Family Records .
Wednesday January 21, 1959 RECOGNITION / AWARD: "Tom Dooley" (Single) from the album "The Kingston Trio" is certified GOLD by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America)
SOURCE: http://www.riaa.com & Liner notes "The Kingston Trio / . . . From the Hungry "I"" (Capitol-CDP 7 96748 2)
February 3, 1959 TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the CBS program "The Gary Moore Show" (10:00 -11:00 pm)
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
Monday February 16, 1959 RECORDING SESSION: Capitol Recording Studios, 46th Street, New York City: "Blow Ye Winds," "M.T.A.," "Getaway John," and "Remember the Alamo."; 1959
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 88, Bear Family Records & Liner notes.

RECORDING SESSION: M.T.A. (Jacqueline Steiner and Bess Hawes) 3:13
Master #22563 recorded February 16, 1959
Album: THE KINGSTON TRIO AT LARGE
"M.T.A. is undoubtedly Nick Reynolds' most famous lead vocal, and it ranks second only to "Tom Dooley" as the Trio's hallmark. The group first heard the song from Will Holt (writer of modern Folk classics like "Lemon Tree") and It earned them eleven weeks on the singles charts. Considering how popular the record was (and still is). It is more than a little surprising that it only aspired to the #15 position. This novelty song was originally created to protest a Boston Subway fare increase that happened to coincide with a mayoral election. The writers put their words to the tune of the Folk standard "The Wreck Of Old 97," which goes to show how the same melody can be used to conjure up drastically different moods.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Remember The Alamo (Jane Bowers) 2:59
Master #22609 recorded February 16, 1959
Album: THE KINGSTON TRIO AT LARGE
Few Trio songs reach the dramatic heights of "Remember The Alamo" the powerhouse closing cut from AT LARGE Disney's "Davy Crockett" mania was still sweeping the land in 1959, and with it a keen resurgence of inter-est in the 120-year-old battle of the Alamo. Texan Jane Bowers debuted as a songwriter for the Trio with this gem, which would be covered twenty-five years later by Johnny Cash
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

Tuesday February 17, 1959 RECORDING SESSION: Capitol Recording Studios, 46th Street, New York City: "I Bawled," "Corey, Corey," "All My Sorrows," "The Long Black Rifle," and "The Seine."
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 88, Bear Family Records & Liner notes.

RECORDING SESSION: All My Sorrows (Guard / Reynolds / Shane) 2:45
Master #22601 recorded February 17, 1959
Album: THE KINGSTON TRIO AT LARGE
Just about everybody's favorite B side from the Dave/Nick/Bob era is "All My Sorrows" which has the dual distinction of being one of the best cuts from a great album (AT LARGE) and the flip side of a great single ("MTA.) The Trio borrowed this song from the pre Limeliters repertoire of Glenn Yarborough and turned it into one of the most movingly understated moments that the band ever put on tape. Not long after Dave Guard was claimed by cancer, Lindsey Buckingham did a cover version of "All My Sorrows" for his 1992 album OUT OF THE CRADLE. Acknowledged as one of the geniuses of modern Rock, the former Fleetwood Mac member learned many a guitar lick from Kingston Trio records, and he considered Dave a good friend, as well as a mentor. Said Lindsey "I thought that would just be something nice for him."
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

Wednesday February 18, 1959 RECORDING SESSION: Capitol Recording Studios, 46th Street, New York City: "Early In the Mornin," "The Tijuanna Jail," "Good News," "Scarlet Ribbons (For Your Hair)," and "Oh Cindy."
NOTE: "The Tijuana Jail", recorded in stereo, as part of the above sessions that produced their forth album (second studio album) "The Kingston Trio At Large" becomes The Kingston Trio's third single release
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 88, Bear Family Records & Liner notes.

RECORDING SESSION: Tijuana Jail (Denny Thompson) 2:48
Master #33597 recorded February 18, 1959
Album: THE BEST OF THE KINGSTON TRIO
The first released stereo studio recording by the Kingston Trio was "Tijuana Jail". One of Voyle Gilmore's finds, this novelty tune was recorded In New York City and rushed out as a single apparently because of a rumor that Harry Belafonte was about to do the same. The song (which would probably be banned today because of its no-longer in vogue "Frito Bandito" humor) re-established the group as hit-makers, as it reached #12 and charted for three months "Tijuana Jail" was recorded at the I same session that produced the Trio's second studio album, THE KINGSTON TRIO AT LARGE
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Good News (Louis Gottlieb) 1:58
Master #22598 recorded February 18, 1959
Album: THE KINGSTON TRIO AT LARGE
Besides being a great group performance, "Good News" is especially significant in that it is the Trio's first real attempt at recording a spiritual. The boys got this one from Lou Gottlieb, who at the time was between leaving the Gateway Singers and forming the Limeliters. It's from AT LARGE, an album which won the Trio its second Grammy and spent fifteen weeks at #1.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

March 03, 1959: POINT OF INTEREST: Bob Shane and Nick Reynolds drive to the Tom Dooley
gravesite and steal the marker which is sent COD to Frank Werber.
SOURCE: Kingston Trio. Records, 1956-1986. UWM Manuscript Collection 16. University Manuscripts Collection. Golda Meir Library. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Phil C. post to the Kingston Crossroads Board 6/19/2002
Friday March 13, 1959 POINT OF INTEREST: A rented Twin Beach airplane, carrying the Kingston Trio on the mid-west leg of their national tour, crash-lands on a turky farm in South Bend Indiana; 1959
SOURCE: "When Rock Was Young", 1981 by Bruce Pollock, Published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 383 Madison Ave., New York, NY
Sunday March 15, 1959 POINT OF INTEREST: Bob Shane marries Louise Brandon in Washington DC
Monday March 16, 1959
RECORD RELEASE (album): The Kingston Trio's third album - "Stereo Concert" (ST-1183) - was released. This album is likely the only stereo album of the 50's and 60's not made available as a monaural release
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORD RELEASE (single): The Tijuana Jail / Oh, Cindy (Capitol 4167.) This recording eventually reached the #12 position on the charts.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

March 17, 1959: POINT OF INTEREST: Grinnel College banners prior to concert: "Down with Phony Folksingers"
SOURCE: Kingston Trio. Records, 1956-1986. UWM Manuscript Collection 16. University Manuscripts Collection. Golda Meir Library. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Phil C. post to the Kingston Crossroads Board 6/19/2002
Wednesday March 18, 1959
PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Pershing Municipal Auditorium, Lincoln, NB. (Sponsored by the University of Nebraska Union Activities Committee)
SOURCE: ebay offering (see poster image.).
Tuesday March 24, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Men's Gymnasium, University of California, Berkeley, CA
SOURCE: Copy of UC Berkeley student newspaper, the Daily Californian, offered on Ebay.


Caption: The Kingston Trio will appear in "Night On The Town" at 7:30 pm today in the Men's Gymnasium. They are, left to right, Bob Shane, Dave Guard and Nick Reynolds. The Capitol recording stars rose to prominence in San Francisco night clubs. Also appearing will be the Vince Guaraldi Trio and Dick McKibben's Quartet.

April 9, 1959: POINT OF INTEREST: The Trio is carted out to Tom Dooley's graveite to see new gravestone.
SOURCE: Kingston Trio. Records, 1956-1986. UWM Manuscript Collection 16. University Manuscripts Collection. Golda Meir Library. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Phil C. post to the Kingston Crossroads Board 6/19/2002
Tuesday April 21, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records.
Sunday May 10, 1959 RECOGNITION / AWARD: The Kingston Trio earn their first Grammy for "Best Country and Western Performance of 1958"
SOURCE: Liner notes "The Kingston Trio / . . . From the Hungry "I"" (Capitol-CDP 7 96748 2)
Tuesday May 26, 1959: RECORDING SESSION: Capitol Studio, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine St., Hollywood, CA: "Sail Away Ladies," "Goober Peas," "Haul Away," and "Across the Wide Missouri"; 1959
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 90, Bear Family Records
NOTE: Sail Away Ladies was intended for album #5 ("Here We Go Again") but was shelved in favor other material; 1959
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Sail Away Ladies (Guard / Reynolds / Shane) 2:28
Master #31747 recorded May 26, 1959
Extended play single: M.T.A. (EAP1-1119)
Oddly enough, the first track recorded at the sessions for HERE WE GO AGAIN never found a home on that album. "Sail Away, Ladies" was released on EP and then pretty much forgotten Dave recalled it was "about 75 percent completed when we put It aside, hoping to do it full justice at some future session" Dave also indicated this arrangement was heavily influenced by an earlier version by Odetta
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

Wednesday May 27, 1959: RECORDING SESSION: Capitol Studio, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine St., Hollywood, CA: "'Round About the Mountain," "The Unfortunite Miss Bailey," and "A Worried Man"
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 90, Bear Family Records

RECORDING SESSION: The Unfortunate Miss Bailey (Louis Gottlieb) 3:58
Master #31756 recorded May 27, 1959
Previously unreleased
Here's a fascinating, previously unreleased alternate tale of HERE WE GO AGAIN's "The Unfortunate Miss Bailey," preceded by some wonderful pre-take chatter. As you will hear, the slower pace gives a slightly different slant to the song's flavor.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

June 1959: POINT OF INTEREST: Dave Guard suffers from a virus - Bob Shane and Nick Reynolds play 3 nights as "Kingston Duet"
SOURCE: Kingston Trio. Records, 1956-1986. UWM Manuscript Collection 16. University Manuscripts Collection. Golda Meir Library. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Phil C. post to the Kingston Crossroads Board 6/19/2002
Monday June 1, 1959: RECORD RELEASE: The Trio's forth album, "At Large" is released.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: A Worried Man (Dave Guard and Tom Glazer) 2:51
Master #31764 recorded June 1, 1959
Single 4371
Both Dave and Bob played banjo on "A Worried Man," the Trio's follow-up to M.T.A. It was derived by Dave Guard and Tom Glazer from the traditional "Worried Man Blues" (if Glazer's name sounds familiar it's probably because he's to blame for the 1963 Top Twenty Hit "On Top of Spaghetti," also derived from a traditional song ["On Top of Old Smokey"] and now considered a children's classic). "A Worried Man" is HERE WE GO AGAIN's Closing track.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

Tuesday June 2, 1959 "Molly Dee," the first commercial songwriting success for John Stewart, is recorded on this date, and becomes the lead-off song for album #5 - "Here We Go Again."

RECORDING SESSION: Molly Dee (John Stewart) 1:43
Master #31771 recorded June 2, 1959
Album: HERE WE GO AGAIN
The initial cut from the Trio's fifth album, HERE WE GO AGAIN's "Molly Dee," a line from which gave rise to the album's title. The song marked the first writing success for California college stu-dent John Stewart. When the first royalty check from "Molly Dee" arrived, and It was larger than what his father made in a year as a horse trainer, John made up his mind as to how he Intended to spend the rest of his life.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

Thursday July 30, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Berkshire Music Barn, Lenox, Massachusetts
SOURCE: Copy of theater program, offered on Ebay.

Monday August 3, 1959 POINT OF INTEREST: Life Magazine Cover and feature article.
Friday September 18, 1959 TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the TV program "America Pauses In America."
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.

PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA; Friday, 8:30 pm.
SOURCE: post by Jean Ward to the Kingston Trio Place Forum, July 1, 1999 / Program offered on ebay on-line auction: "STEREO AT THE BOWL - SEPTEMBER 18, 1959 - KINGSTON TRIO, RAY CONNIFF, ANDRE PREVIN . . . This 53 page program is from the 1st annual "stereo at the (hollywood) bowl" series... Lots of cool ads for stereo equipment too... Program for the evening was Andre Previn Trio, Kingston Trio and Ray Conniff . . . "

Monday September 28, 1959 Recording Session: "Green Grasses" is recorded
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
Friday October 2, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: S.M.U., Dallas, TX.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Saturday October 3 &
Sunday October 4, 1959
PERSONAL APPEARANCE: University of Texas, Austin, TX
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Record
Monday October 5, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Tuesday October 6, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Oklahoma State, Stillwater, OK.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Friday October 9, 1959 TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the NBC TV program "The Bell Telephone Hour" (8:30 - 9:30 pm)
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records / Jean Ward's personal archive.
Friday October 9, 1959: POINT OF INTEREST: Green Grasses/Coo Coo U #61 on Cash Box.
SOURCE: Kingston Trio. Records, 1956-1986. UWM Manuscript Collection 16. University Manuscripts Collection. Golda Meir Library. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Phil C. post to the Kingston Crossroads Board 6/19/2002
Saturday October 10, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: University of Indiana, Bloomington, IA
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Sunday October 11, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Masonic Auditorium, Detroit, MI
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Tuesday October 13, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Northwestern, Evanston, IL
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Wednesday October 14, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Civic Center, Lansing, MI
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Thursday October 15, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Friday October 16, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Grove City College, Grove City, PA
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Saturday, October 17, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Sunday, October 18, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland, OH
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Tuesday, October 20, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Massey Hall, Toronro, Onterio, Canada
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Wednesday, October 21, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Capitol Theater, Ottawa, Onterio, Canada
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Thursday, October 22, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Rchester, NY
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Friday, October 23, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Prinston, NJ
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Saturday, October 24, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: University of Maryland, College Park, MD
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Tuesday, October 27, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Greensboro, NC
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Wednesday, October 28, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Converse College, Spartansburg, SC
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Thursday, October 29, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Wake Forrest College, Winston-Salem, NC
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Friday, October 30, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: University of North Carolins, Chapel Hill, NC
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Saturday, October 31, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Georgia Tech., Atlanta, GA
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Sunday, November 1, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Reynolds Auditorium, Raleigh, NC
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Monday, November 3, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Collisium, Montgomery, AL
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Saturday, November 4, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Newcomb College

SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Saturday, November 5, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Symphony Hall, Boston, Mass.

SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Saturday, November 6, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Tulanne University

SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Sunday, November 7, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass.

SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Sunday, November 8, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: New York Armory, Syracuse, New York

SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Monday, November 9, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: New Haven Armory, New Haven, Conn.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Tuesday, November 10, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Montclair State Teachers College, Montclair, New Hampshire.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Thursday, November 12, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Springfield Municiple Auditorium,
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Friday, November 13, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Academy of Music, Philademphia, PA
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Saturday, November 14, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: University Auditorium, University of Conneticut
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Sunday, November 15, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Wesleyan College, Middleton, CN
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Monday, November 16, Tuesday November 17, & Wednesday November 18, 1959 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: International Music Fair, Navy Pier, Chicago, Il
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Thursday, November 19, 1959
(Two Weeks)
PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Chase Hotel, St. Louis, MO
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
November 29, 1959 TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the TV broadcast of the Grammy Award presentations, where they receive the "Best Country & Western Performance" for "Tom Dooley." They had also been nominated for "Best Performance by a Vocal Group," also for "Tom Dooley."
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
December 7, 1959 RECORDING SESSION: Home From The Hill (Bronislau Kaper and Mack David) 2:39
Master #23002 recorded December 7, 1959
Previously unreleased by Capitol
Making its first appearance on a Capitol collection is "Home from the Hill," recorded by the Kingston Trio (at Capitol's bidding) with full orchestra for the movie of the same title starring Robert Mitchum. Oddly enough, the group's recording was never used in the film and was relegated to the flip side of "El Matador." The Trio laid down the basic tracks during the SOLD OUT sessions, and although they sang it well, Dave remembered "Home From the Hill" as "nothing we would have chosen ourselves."
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: The Worlds Last Authentic Playboys (David Wheat and Bill Loughborough) 2:39
Master #22993 recorded December 7, 1959
Previously unreleased by Capitol
This clever "biographical" sketch of his employers by multi-talented accompanist David "Buck" Wheat was recorded at the SOLD OUT sessions but was never deemed polished enough for release by any of the principles involved. Dave Guard (and the composer) would re-record the song in 1962 for The Whiskeyhill Singers' debut album.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Raspberries, Strawberries (Will Holt) 2:11
Master #22997 recorded December 8, 1959
Album: SOLD OUT / single 4338
This SOLD OUT version of "Raspberries, Strawberries" is actually a remake of the Trio's follow-up single (available on the CAPITOL COLLECTORS SERIES disc) to "Tom Dooley." The original had been obviously rushed out, and this tighter, smoother arrangement shows how much the group had grown in a year's time. This has become the definitive version, later featured on THE BEST OF THE KINGSTON TRIO.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Bimini (Bill Olofson and Mark McIntyre) 2:53
Master #22994 recorded December 7, 1959
Album: SOLD OUT
The Trio hadn't been "jailed" since the Top Twenty Tijuana incident, so the story line of "Bimini" seemed a natural for the group. The fact that it also fit into the Calypsonions' seafaring and drinking song genres didn't hurt the cause either! Another standout track from SOLD OUT, aided by some nice percussion from Nick.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Green Grasses (John Stewart) 2:21
Master #32416 recorded September 28, 1959
Album: A TRIBUTE TO THE KINGSTON TRIO / single 4303
John Stewart must have been disappointed by the meager returns (in comparison to "Molly Dee") from the Trio's recording of "Green Grasses." Capitol never included it on any domestic Kingston album release (until now), and it saw light of day only as the B side of one of the group's least successful singles, "Coo Coo-U" (available on the CAPITOL COLLECTORS SERIES disc). A banjo was to be added to the mix eventually, so consider "Green Grasses" a work in progress.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

December 8, 1959 SECORDING SESSION: El Matador (Jane Bowers and Irving Burgess) 2:25
Master #22996 recorded December 8, 1959
Album: SOLD OUT / single 4338
"The excitement of the Corrida" proclaimed the sleeve blurb on the single release of "El Matador," and the Trio's fine recording makes good on that promise. It has one of those cliffhanger endings that leaves us wondering how close that bull got! A compelling vocal performance by Bob marks this memorable opening track from the SOLD OUT album.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

SECORDING SESSION: Raspberries, Strawberries (Will Holt) 2:11
Master #22997 recorded December 8, 1959
Album: SOLD OUT / single 4338
This SOLD OUT version of "Raspberries, Strawberries" is actually a remake of the Trio's follow-up single (available on the CAPITOL COLLECTORS SERIES disc) to "Tom Dooley." The original had been obviously rushed out, and this tighter, smoother arrangement shows how much the group had grown in a year's time. This has become the definitive version, later featured on THE BEST OF THE KINGSTON TRIO.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

December 8, 1959 RECORDING SESSION:
"El Matador," "Raspberries, Strawberries," et al, is recorded for the "Sold Out" album.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
December 10, 1959 RECORDING SESSION: The Mountains O' Mourne (Percy French and Houston Collision) 2:50
Master #23000 recorded December 10, 1959
Album: SOLD OUT / single 4338
Nick was a great friend and admirer of The Clancy Brothers, so most of the Trio's Irish tunes were his finds. "The Mountain O'Mourne" is one of the best lead vocals Nick ever turned in, and it would be reverently covered by Don McLean on his PLAYING FAVORITES album.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

1960

 
January, 1960 MAGAZINE FEATURE: Feature article in MODERN SCREEN magazine.
Thursday February 11, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Minniapolis, MN
SOURCE: post by Jerry Petersonto the Kingston Trio Place Forum, June 16, 1999
February 15, 1960: POINT OF INTEREST: Dave Guard flies to Austin to see Jane Bowers.
SOURCE: Kingston Trio. Records, 1956-1986. UWM Manuscript Collection 16. University Manuscripts Collection. Golda Meir Library. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Phil C. post to the Kingston Crossroads Board 6/19/2002
February 26, 1960: POINT OF INTEREST: Tulsa Daily World: "David Wheat, with a masters degree from Columbia, owns California drum factory; plays $3000 bass.
SOURCE: Kingston Trio. Records, 1956-1986. UWM Manuscript Collection 16. University Manuscripts Collection. Golda Meir Library. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Phil C. post to the Kingston Crossroads Board 6/19/2002
March 1960: POINT OF INTEREST: Jane Bowers takes train to Chicago to discuss Granada music with Dave Guard.
SOURCE: Kingston Trio. Records, 1956-1986. UWM Manuscript Collection 16. University Manuscripts Collection. Golda Meir Library. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Phil C. post to the Kingston Crossroads Board 6/19/2002
April, 1960 MAGAZINE FEATURE: Feature article in STARLIFE magazine.
April 4, 1960 RECORDING RELEASE: The sixth album released by the Kingston Trio, "Sold Out" (T/ST-1352) hits record store shelves.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 53-54, Bear Family Records. Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
April 14, 1960 PERSONNAL APPEARANCE: The Palladium, London, England, UK
SOURCE: Jean Ward personal archive. from Maureen Wilson, UK.
April 19, 1960 RECORDING SESSION; Capitol Studio, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine St., Hollywood, CA: "Everglades," "The Escape of Old John Webb," and "Leave My Woman Alone."
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 92, Bear Family Records. Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: The Escape Of Old John Webb (Tom Drake) 2:29
Master #33625 recorded April 19, 1960
Album: STRING ALONG / single 4379
Atmospheric is perhaps the best adjective for this song from STRING ALONG, which was also the B side for "Bad Man's Blunder." It's an old English folk tale that was deliberately recorded in hopes of bolstering the Trio's popularity in Great Britain. Note the effective group vocals and Dave's outstanding banjo picking.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

April 20, 1960 RECORDING SESSION: Bad Man's Blunder (Cisco Houston and Lee Hays) 2:36
Master #33628 recorded April 20, 1960
Album: STRING ALONG / single 4379
The original Kingston Trio's last visit to the Top Forty singles chart was provided by "Bad Man Blunder," a Nick-led novelty number that was also the lead track from the group's last #1 album, STRING ALONG. Voyle Gilmore took Nick's "Bang! You're dead!" finale off the single release, but we've included the unedited version here.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

DATE OF BIRTH: A son, Thomas, was born to Dave and Gretchen Guard.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

April 21, 1960 RECORDING SESSION: Capitol Studio, Capitol Tower, 1750 N. Vine St., Hollywood, CA: "The Tattooed Lady," "Coast of California," "This Mornin'. This Evenin', So Soon," "South Wind," "Buddy Better Get On Down the Line," "Colorado Trail," and "To Morrow"
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 92, Bear Family Records. Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
NOTE: "Coast of California" is recorded for "String Along" but does not appear for a year with the release of "Goin' Places."
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 92, Bear Family Records. Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
June 8, 1960 POINT OF INTEREST: John Stewart marries Julie Koehler whom he has known since high school.
SOURCE: Souvenir Program - "An Evening with The Kingston Trio"
July 11, 1960 MAGAZINE FEATURE: Article in TIME magazine.
July 17, 1960: POINT OF INTEREST: Hawaii Star: "Dave Guard used to pump gas during the day and at night sneak down to Queen's Surf to hear Gabby Pahunui who taught him to play slack guitar".
SOURCE: Kingston Trio. Records, 1956-1986. UWM Manuscript Collection 16. University Manuscripts Collection. Golda Meir Library. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Phil C. post to the Kingston Crossroads Board 6/19/2002
August, 1960 MAGAZINE FEATURE: Article in ESCAPADE magazine.
Friday August 5, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE:
Forest Hills Music Festival, Forest Hills Stadium
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
September 16 & 17, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
SOURCE: post by Jean Ward to the Kingston Trio Place Forum, July 1, 1999 Confirmed by picture of the event program offered on Ebay.
October, 1960 MAGAZINE FEATURE: Cover, and feature article on the folk music boom in ROGUE magazine includes the Kingston Trio.
October 3, 1960 RECORD RELEASE: The Kingston Trio's one and only Christmas (album #8 overall) "The Last Month of the Year" (T/ST-1446) is released; 1960
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 47-51, Bear Family Records. Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
Friday, October 7, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: New Haven Arena, New Haven, CN
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Saturday, October 8, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, PA.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Sunday, October 9, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Post Theater, West Point, NY.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Thursday, October 13, 1960 PPERSONAL APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio at the Springfield Municipal Auditorium in Springfield, Massachusetts, Thursday, October 13, 1960. To read a newspaper review of this concert, CLICK HERE!
SOURCE: Ticket Stubbs offered on ebay online auction. / The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Friday, October 14, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: RPJ Field House, Troy, NY
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Saturday, October 15, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: War Memorial, Syracuse, NY.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
October 19, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: West Virgina University, Morgontown, WV
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Thursday, October 20, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Keith Albee Theater, Huntington, WV
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Friday, October 21, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: William Neal Reynolds Colisium, North Carolina State College, Roleigh, NC.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Saturday, October 22, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Uline Arena, Washington, DC
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Monday, October 24, 1960 RECOGNITION / AWARD: "The Kingston Trio From the hungry i" (Album) certified GOLD by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America)
SOURCE: http://www.riaa.com

RECOGNITION / AWARD: "Here We Go Again" (Album) certified GOLD by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America)
SOURCE: http://www.riaa.com

Thursday, October 27, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Concert in Midwest (Not definite)
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Saturday, October 28, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Ohio State
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Sunday, October 29, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Concert in Midwest (Not definite)
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Monday, October 30, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Concert in Midwest (Not definite)
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Tuesday, October 31, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Concert in Midwest (Not definite)
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
November, 1960 MAGAZINE FEATURE: Article in PHOTOPLAY magazine.
Friday, November 4, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Donnelly Auditorium, Boston, Mass.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Saturday, November 5, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Prinston University, Prinston, NJ
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Sunday, November 6, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Worchester Memorial Auditorium, Worchester, Mass.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Wednesday, November 9, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Concert in South (Not definite)
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Wednesday, November 10, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Concert in South (Not definite)
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Thursday, November 11, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Loisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Friday, November 12, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Fieldhouse on campus, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Sunday, November 14, 1960 RECORD RELEASE (single): Somerset Gloustershire Wassail / Goodnight My Baby (Capitol 4475.)
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
Monday, November 15, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Auditorium, Birmingham, AL.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Thursday, November 17, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Memorial Auditorium, Greenville, SC.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Friday, November 18, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Charlotte Auditorium, Charlotte, NC.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Saturday, November 19, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: University of Virginia, Charlotteville, VA.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Friday, November 25, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Concert in and around New York (Not definite)
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Saturday, November 26, 1960 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Concert in and around New York (Not definite)
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Sunday, November 28, 29, 30,
December 1, & 2, 1960
TV APPEARANCE (Rehersal): Rehersal for the Perry Como Show of December 7th.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
Sunday December 4, 1960 MAGAZINE FEATURE: Cover and feature article in PARADE magazine.
Wednesday December 7, 1960 TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the NBC TV program "Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall" (9:00 -10:00 pm)
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.

1961

 
January, 1961 MAGAZINE FEATURE: Article in MUSIC JOURNAL magazine.
Tuesday January 3, 1961: MAGAZINE FEATURE: The Kingston Trio receives recognition with a feature article in the LOOK magazine.
January 14, 1961 RECORDING SESSION: "Mary Was Pretty" (Master #35206) is recorded. This song went unreleased until the 1995 release of The Capitol Years (Boxed set).
SOURCE: Liner notes (booklet) The Capitol Years (Boxed ste) (CDP 7243 8 28498 2 7)
January 15, 1961 RECORDING SESSION: "The Wines of Madeira" (Master #35208) and "Adieu to my Island" (Master #35209) is recorded. These songs went unreleased, by Capitol,until the 1995 release of The Capitol Years (Boxed set).
SOURCE: Liner notes (booklet) The Capitol Years (Boxed ste) (CDP 7243 8 28498 2 7)
January 15, 1961 RECORDING SESSION: "Seņora" (Master #35213) is recorded for the "Going Places" album.
SOURCE: Liner notes (booklet) The Capitol Years (Boxed set) (CDP 7243 8 28498 2 7)
January 15, 1961 RECORDING SESSION: "Seņora" (Master #35213) and You're Gonna Miss Me" (Master #35210) are recorded for the "Going Places" album.
SOURCE: Liner notes (booklet) The Capitol Years (Boxed set) (CDP 7243 8 28498 2 7)
January 16, 1961 RECORDING SESSION: "It Was a Very Good Year" (Master #35220) is recorded for the "Going Places" album.
SOURCE: Liner notes (booklet) The Capitol Years (Boxed set) (CDP 7243 8 28498 2 7)
Thursday January 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 & Wednesday January 25, 1961: PERSONAL APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio begins a three week engagement at the Royal Hawiian Hotel, Honolulu, HA (Jan. 5-Jan. 25);
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 80, Bear Family Records.
January 19, 1961: AWARD / RECOGNITION: The Trio's first album, "The Kingston Trio," becomes their first Gold (1 million copies sold) album.
SOURCE: Liner notes "The Kingston Trio / . . . From the Hungry "I"" (Capitol-CDP 7 96748 2):
Shortly after (the) completion (of GOING PLACES), Capitol held a ceremony (January 19th) to present the group with four gold album awards for THE KINGSTON TRIO, FROM THE HUNGRY i, (both featured on Trio Double Play #1), AT LARGE and HERE WE GO AGAIN (Double Play #2). The next day, manager Frank Werber and the boys embarked on their first foreign tour.
SOURCE: Liner notes "Make Way / Goin' Places (Capitol-CDP 7 96836 2)

PERSONAL APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio continues at the Royal Hawiian Hotel, Honolulu, HA (Jan. 5-Jan. 25)
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 80, Bear Family Records

January 20, 1961: POINT OF INTEREST: Manager Frank Werber and the Trio embarked on their first foreign tour.
SOURCE: Liner notes "Make Way / Goin' Places (Capitol-CDP 7 96836 2)
January 25, 1961: TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the "Latin Quarter TV Show" in Tokyo, Japan
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
January 26, 1961: TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the "Latin Quarter TV Show" in Tokyo, Japan
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
January 27, 1961: PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Military Base Nichigaki Music Hall, Tachi-Kawa, Japan
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
January 28, 1961: PERSONAL APPEARANCE: At "Military Base," "Zama","Japan"
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
February 2, 1961: PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Field House, Yakuska, Japan
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
POINT OF INTEREST: Reynolds hires circus for Tokyo orphanage.
SOURCE: Kingston Trio. Records, 1956-1986. UWM Manuscript Collection 16. University Manuscripts Collection. Golda Meir Library. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Phil C. post to the Kingston Crossroads Board 6/19/2002
February 3, 1961: PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Washington Heights Military Base, Tokyo, Japan
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
February 4, 1961: Personal appearance: Military Base, Yakota, Japan
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
February 5, 1961: PERSONAL APPEARANCE: TV Show, Tokyo, Japan"
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
February 10, 1961: PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Clark Air Force Base, San Fernando, Phillipines
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
February 16, 1961: PERSONAL APPEARANCE: at Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia
SOURCE: Ken Bradshaw, Australia.
February 17, 1961: PERSONAL APPEARANCE: at Sydney Auditorium, Sydney, Australia
SOURCE: Ken Bradshaw, Australia.
February 18, 1961: PERSONAL APPEARANCE: at Sydney Auditorium, Sydney, Australia
SOURCE: Ken Bradshaw, Australia.
March 8, 1961: RECORD RELEASE (single): "You're Gonna Miss Me," roof-raising new arrangement of "Frankie and Johnny" by Dave Guard and the members of a group called the New Lost City Ramblers, is released as a single on March 8th, however, the song fails to chart.
SOURCE: Liner notes "Make Way / Goin' Places (Capitol-CDP 7 96836 2)
April, 1961: MAGAZINE FEATURE: Feature article in TV RADIO MIRROR magazine.
April 21, 1961: PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA.
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
April 22, 1961: PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA.
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
May 4, 1961: DATE OF BIRTH: Joan Glancy Shane (Jody), was born to Bob and Louise Shane.
SOURCE: Souvenir Program - "An Evening with The Kingston Trio" (c.1965)
May 5, 1961: PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Orpheum Theater, Seattle, Washington.
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
May 6, 1961: PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Portland Auditorium, Portland, Oregon.
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
May 7, 1961: PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Bohlery Gym, Pullman, Washington
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
May 11, 1961: POINT OF INTEREST: The Trio returns from their first foreign tour. Subsequently, Dave Guard offers his resignation from the Kingston Trio.
SOURCE: Liner notes "Make Way / Goin' Places" (Capitol-CDP 7 96836 2)

PERSONAL APPEARANCE: San Francisco, California, Dave Guard announces his resignation from the Trio.
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.

Spring 1961: Dave Guard resigns from the Trio.

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The first thing that stood out in my mind was the absolute height of the Kingston Trio in the public culture, something that has all but vanished except amongst the faithful. The second thing that stood out, was Nick's conciliatory view of the Stewart membership as a change of people, but not of talent or genre. Then I was hit solidly in the face by Bob's obvious dislike and disregard for Dave Guard, which had to be a reaction to the deep rift between the two friends at that time. I have read comments by Dave, disregarding the Trio after he left it, and I had also ascertained that Bob was furious, resentful, and outraged by Dave's demands on the group. In the interview, I think we get a revealing glimpse of the rift between the men, a rift which took almost 30 years to close and heal.

When I met Nick at the New Hampshire concert with "Julie and Brownie (MacIntosh)", he told me that he and Bobby told Dave he was out of the group. This is quite contrary to the story that was issued at the time, covering Dave's moving out for artistic reasons. A great deal was done to cover Dave's tracks at the time, but Bob never went to great lengths to cover his feelings. Nick always seemed less rigid and more "easy" to get along with. In fact, wasn't it Nick who along with John, re-kindled the friendship?
SOURCE: Al Cook on the Kingston Trio Place Forum - July 8, 1999

Spring 1961: John Stewart (vocals, 6-string guitar, 12-string guitar and 5-string banjo) who has been contributing material to The Kingston Trio, is hired to replace Dave Guard.
Monday May 18, 1961 Personal appearance:
San Jose Municipal Auditorium, San Jose, CA
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Tuesday, May 19, 1961 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Encanto Bowl, Phoenix, AZ.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records / Jean Ward's personal archive.
Wednesday, May 20, 1961 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records
Tuesday, May 26, 1961 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA; 1961, 8:30 PM. Appearing with Gene McDaniels and Ronnie Schell with Al "Jazzbo" Collins, M.C.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records and poster found offered on ebay.
Wednesday, May 27, 1961 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA.
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 71, Bear Family Records / Jean Ward's personal archive.
June 5, 1961 RECORDING RELEASE: "Goiong Places": Dave Guard's last album as a member of the Kingston Trio.
SOURCE: Liner notes (booklet) The Capitol Years (Boxed set) (CDP 7243 8 28498 2 7)
June 9, 1961: MAGAZINE FEATURE: Feature article in LIFE magazine on the break-up of the Kingston Trio.
June 13, 1961: POINT OF INTEREST: The Cumberland Three disbands. It was with The Cumberland Three that John Stewart refined his talents as a 'group' folk-musician and made 3 albums before becoming part of the Kingston Trio.
August, 1961 "By mid-August, Dave Guard's years as a member of the Kingston Trio were over."
(Source: Liner notes "Make Way / Goin' Places (Capitol-CDP 7 96836 2))
August 09, 1961: POINT OF INTEREST: Guard formally resigns 24.5% of Kingston Trio Incorporated - $75,000 down and a promissory note for $225,000.
SOURCE: Kingston Trio. Records, 1956-1986. UWM Manuscript Collection 16. University Manuscripts Collection. Golda Meir Library. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Phil C. post to the Kingston Crossroads Board 6/19/2002
September 5, 1961: MAGAZINE FEATURE: Feature article in SHOW BUSINESS ILLUSTRATED magazine on the break-up of the Kingston Trio.