The Kingston Trio time line

September 16, 1961 - June 1967

Last revised: February 23, 2006.

 

1961

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August 15, 1961 RECORDING SESSION: "The Whistling Gypsy" (Master #36370) is recorded for the "Close-Up" album.
SOURCE: Liner notes (booklet) The Capitol Years (Boxed set) (CDP 7243 8 28498 2 7)
August 16, 1961 RECORDING SESSION: "Oh Sail Away" (Master #36375) is recorded for the "Close-Up" album.
SOURCE: Liner notes (booklet) The Capitol Years (Boxed set) (CDP 7243 8 28498 2 7)
August 17, 1961 RECORDING SESSION: "Coming From the Mountains" (Master #36383) and "Take Her Out of Pitty" (Master #36382) recorded for the "Close-Up" album.
SOURCE: Liner notes (booklet) The Capitol Years (Boxed set) (CDP 7243 8 28498 2 7)
August 18, 1961 RECORDING SESSION: "The Whistling Gypsy" (Master #36370) is recorded for the "Close-Up" album.
SOURCE: Liner notes (booklet) The Capitol Years (Boxed set) (CDP 7243 8 28498 2 7)
September 11, 1961 RECORDING RELEASE: "Close-Up": John Stewart's first album as a member of the Kingston Trio.
SOURCE: Liner notes (booklet) The Capitol Years (Boxed set) (CDP 7243 8 28498 2 7)
September 16, 1961 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appears at a Santa Rosa Boys' Club fundraiser. After starting rehearsals with Nick and Bob in June, John Stewart makes his onstage debut as a full-fledged member of the Trio at this performance.
SOURCE: Liner notes (booklet) The Capitol Collectors Series (CDP 7-92702)
September 30, 1961 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
SOURCE: post by Jean Ward to the Kingston Trio Place Forum, July 1, 1999
October 4, 1961 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: "Donnelly Theater," Boston, Massachusetts
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive. (19611004,19611008)
October 16, 1961 RECORD RELEASE (single): Coming From The Mountains / Nothing More To Look Forward To (Capitol 4642.)
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
October 27, 1961 TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the NBC TV program "The Bell Telephone Hour" (8:30-9:30 pm)
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
November 17, 1961 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA, -- On a Friday evening at 8:30 PM. Ticket price is $4.50.
SOURCE: Tickets offered on ebay -- See image
December 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16,
17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22,
23, 24, & 25, 1961
PERSONAL APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio continues at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu, HA (Jan. 5-Jan. 25)
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio: The Guard Years, page 72, Bear Family Records
December 18, 1961 RECORD RELEASE (single): Where Have All The Flowers Gone / 0 Ken Karanga (Capitol 4671.) This recording eventually reached the #21 position on the charts.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

1962

 
   
January 14, 1962 TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the Gertrude Berg TV program .
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
February 5, 1962 RECORDING RELEASE (album): The Kingston Trio's album, "College Concert," (T/ST-1658) -- the Trio's third live concert recording, and the first by the John Stewart era trio -- was released.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
April 1, 1962 TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the TV program "At This Moment"
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
April 22, 1962 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Waikiki Music Shell, Honolulu, HA
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio Fan Club Publication (undated Spring of ''62) provided by fan
Paul Gajdos.
April 23, 1962 RECORDING SESSION: Recording, Capitol Records, Los Angeles, CA
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio Fan Club Publication (undated Spring of ''62) provided by fan Paul Gajdos.

RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 21, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Darlin' Are You Dreaming (Irving Burgess) 3:01
Master #37554 recorded April 23, 1962
Previously unreleased
Previously confined to the vaults, "Darlin' Are You Dreaming" features a fine lead vocal by John Stewart. This Irving Burgess composition was once included in a Trio songbook, although the actual recording has never been heard until now.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

April 26, 1962 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio Fan Club Publication (undated Spring of ''62) provided by fan
Paul Gajdos.
April 27, 1962 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio Fan Club Publication (undated Spring of ''62) provided by fan
Paul Gajdos.
April 29, 1962 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: San Antonio, TX
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio Fan Club Publication (undated Spring of ''62) provided by fan
Paul Gajdos.
May 1, 1962 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Austin, TX
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio Fan Club Publication (undated Spring of ''62) provided by fan
Paul Gajdos.
May 3, 1962 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio Fan Club Publication (undated Spring of ''62) provided by fan Paul Gajdos.
May 4, 1962 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio Fan Club Publication (undated Spring of ''62) provided by fan Paul Gajdos.
May 5, 1962 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Tulsa, OK
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio Fan Club Publication (undated Spring of ''62) provided by fan Paul Gajdos.
May 11, 1962 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Opera House, Chicago, IL
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio Fan Club Publication (undated Spring of ''62) provided by fan Paul Gajdos.
May 12, 1962 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Convention Hall, Miami Beach, FL
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio Fan Club Publication (undated Spring of ''62) provided by fan
Paul Gajdos.
June 23, 1962 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
SOURCE: post by Jean Ward to the Kingston Trio Place Forum, July 1, 1999
June 26, 1962:

 

POINT OF INTEREST: Julie Stewart sues for divorce.
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
June 27, 1962: RECOGNITION / AWARD: "String Along" (Album) certified GOLD by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America)
SOURCE: http://www.riaa.com
August 31, September 1 & 2, 1962 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Detroit, Michigan. Michigan State Fair.
SOURCE: "Where to go and what to do when in Detroit" week of August 25, 1962.
September 23, 1962: RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 26, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Genny Glenn (Shane/Reynolds/Stewart) 2:32
Master #38401 recorded September 23, 1962
Album: NEW FRONTIER
"Genny Glenn" is an uptempo, boisterous song, begging us to sing along on the chorus. Nick's tour-de-force lead vocal and John's fine banjo work make this one NEW FRONTIER's standout cuts.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
September 24, 1962: RECORD RELEASE (single): One More Town / She Was Too Good To Me (Capitol 4842.) This recording eventually reached the #97 position on the charts.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Disc 3/Track 28, THE CAPITOL YEARS: The New Frontier (John Stewart) 2:21
Master #38405 recorded September 24, 1962
Album: NEW FRONTIER
"New Frontier," the title song from the album, is a John Stewart composition inspired by President John F. Kennedy's inaugrial address. The Trio dedicated the song and the album to the volunteers of the Peace Corps. All of this eventually reached the attention of the White House, where John had the honor of presenting a copy of the NEW FRONTIER album to JFK, who floored him by about the sales progress of "Greenback Dollar"!
"New Frontier" is one of John's very best works, as well as one of the Kingston Trio's most riveting performances.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

September 26, 1962: RECORDING SESSION: Disc 3/ Track 27, THE CAPITOL YEARS: The First Time (Ever I Saw Your Face) (Ewan McColl) 2:50
Master #38416 recorded September 26, 1962
Album: NEW FRONTIER
One of the most beautiful songs to emerge from the modern Folk Era that the Trio ignited is "The First Time (Ever I Saw Your Face)." Once the Trio did it, literally everyone was covering it. We Five (featuring John Stewart's brother Michael) managed to chart with it in 1966, but it wasn't until Roberta Flack hit #1 with it in 1972 that the recording industry took proper note, bestowing a "Song of the Year" Grammy on composer Ewan McColl. Flack fans may disagree, but we say the definitive version appeared a decade earlier on NEW FRONTIER.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
November 8, 1962: PERSONAL APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio at Waco Hall, Baylor University, Dallas, TX
SOURCE: Barry Martin personal archive. -- The Lariat (Baylor University newspaper) of November 8th & November 9th and handbill.
November 27, 1962: POINT OF INTEREST: Bob Frank Werber to Shane, Reynolds and Stewart: "The Trio's appeal has slipped to sub Mongolian - your childish clowning is now in a state of emergency".
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

1963

 
January 7, 1963: RECORD RELEASE (single): Greenback Dollar / The New Frontier (Capitol 4898.) This recording eventually reached the #21 position on the charts.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7
January 16, 1963: RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 5, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Run the Ridges (John Stewart) 2:43
Master #39013 recorded January 16, 1963
Album: THE KINGSTON TRIO #16
Long before Butch and Sundance were immortalized on the big screen, The Kingston Trio turned in a heartfelt tribute to outlaw camaraderie with "Run the Ridges." Great guitar work and soaring harmonies mark this John Stewart work. Quite possibly the finest track on #16.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 7, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Try to Remember (Harvey, Schmidt and Tom Jones) 3:08
Master #39014 recorded January 16, 1963
Album: THE KINGSTON TRIO #16
"Try to Remember" is one of the prettiest tracks from #16. The song is a standard today, but the Trio's version was one of the earliest recordings of the most memorable selection from Broadway's THE FANTASTICS. It's further proof that Bob Shane had one of the greatest vocal styles of the folk era.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

January 17, 1963: RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 2, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Road To Freedom (John Stewart) 2:16
Master #38996 recorded January 17, 1963
Album: THE KINGSTON TRIO #16
The second of seven tracks featured here from #16 is "Road to Freedom," John's earliest and most optimistic tribute to the Civil Rights struggle. With it's natural marching cadence, it's surprising that this song did not go on to become a mainstay of the movement.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
January 21, 1963: RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 4, THE CAPITOL YEARS: One More Round (Reynolds/Shane/Stewart) 2:47
Master #39031 recorded January 21, 1963
Album: THE KINGSTON TRIO #16
The Kingston Trio rarely ventured into the Folk/Blues genre, but they did so successfully on #16 with "One More Round," adapted by Nick, Bob and John from a public domain drinking song generally known as "Delia's Gone." SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
January 23, 1963:
RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 1, THE CAPITOL YEARS: The Reverend Mr. Black (Billy Edd Wheeler and Jed Peters) 2:16
Master #38996 recorded January 23, 1963
Album: THE KINGSTON TRIO #16
Basically a narrative written around the old spiritual "Lonesome Valley," "The Reverend Mr. Black" features a distinctive lead by John Stewart and some memorable 6-string work by sideman Glen Campbell. This Billy Edd Wheeler composition, pitched to Voyle Gilmore at a Nashville convention, reportedly owes it's initial success to President and Chicago high school English teacher William Idol. To make a lasting point about "the shaping of public opinion by vocal minorities" (as expressed in JFK's PROFILES IN COURAGE), Idol asked his students to choose a song they didn't particularly like to see if they could make it a hit by placing a hundred calls to a local radio station. The song they chose, on March 18, 1963, was the lead track from the new album THE KINGSTON TRIO #16, and within forty-eight hours asked Capitol to release "The Reverend Mr. Black" as a single. It was a big hit in Chicago, and it cracked Billboard's Top Ten by May. Of all the Trio's singles, anly "Tom Dooley" went higher.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
January 27, 1963: RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 8, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Mark Twain (Geller and Seligson) 2:36
Master #39058 recorded January 27, 1963
Album: THE KINGSTON TRIO #16
A spitited lead vocal from Nick Reynolds powers the sternwheeler down the river on "Mark Twain," one of the most exuberant tracks on #16. A previously unheard count-off at the beginning is a bonus. The track lets the banjo go on longer than the original album version.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 6, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Love Has Gone (writer unknown) 3:15
Master #39059 recorded January 27, 1963
Previously unreleased by Capitol.
"Love Has Gone" was recorded at the sessions for #16, and it features Bob Shane. A bonus on this previously unreleased track is the studio chatter which precedes it. Bassist Dean Reilly had apparently dozed off.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 3, THE CAPITOL YEARS: River Run Down (Don McArthur and John Stewart) 2:52
Master #39060 recorded January 27, 1963
Album: THE KINGSTON TRIO #16
Bob usually got all the soft "lost love" ballads, but "River Run Down" - co-authored by John - proved an effective lead for Nick. Great chorus harmonies help to make this another of the many high points from the #16 album.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years
(Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

February 2, 1963 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Aero-Jet, Sacramento, CA
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio Fan Club Publication (undated Winter of ''62) provided by fan
Paul Gajdos.
February 3, 1963: MAGAZINE FEATURE: Feature article on Frank Werber of the Kingston Trio appears in BUSINESS WEEK magazine.
February 7, 1963: TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the ABC TV program "The Steve Allen Show" (7:30-8:30 pm)
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
February 13, 1963 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio Fan Club Publication (undated Winter of ''62) provided by fan
Paul Gajdos.
February 15, 1963 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Fordham University, Bronx New York
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio Fan Club Publication (undated Winter of ''62) provided by fan
Paul Gajdos.
February 17, 1963 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Montclair, NJ (Dr. Tom Dooley Benefit)
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio Fan Club Publication (undated Winter of ''62) provided by fan
Paul Gajdos.
February 22, 1963 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Minneapolis, MN
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio Fan Club Publication (undated Winter of ''62) provided by fan
Paul Gajdos.
February 23, 1963 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Milwaukee, WI
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio Fan Club Publication (undated Winter of ''62) provided by fan
Paul Gajdos.
February 24, 1963 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Chicago. IL
SOURCE: The Kingston Trio Fan Club Publication (undated Winter of ''62) provided by fan
Paul Gajdos.
March 4, 1963:
RECORDING RELEASE: "#16" (T/ST-1871), was released..
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
March 16, 1963:
RECOGNITION / AWARD: "Greenback Dollar" by The Kingston Trio peaked at #21 on the pop singles chart; 1963
SOURCE: Liner notes; "The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years" (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
May 19, 1963: RECOGNITION / AWARD: "Reverend Mr. Black" by The Kingston Trio peaked at #8 on the pop singles chart.
SOURCE: Liner notes; "The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years" (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
June 7, 1963: RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 9, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Desert Pete (Billy Edd Wheeler) 2:35
Master #39934A recorded June 7, 1963
Previously unreleased alternative take
SUNNY SIDE contained the Kingston Trio's final Top Forty single "Desert Pete," which reunited the proven combination of Billy Edd Wheeler, Glen Campbell and John Stewart. It's hard to imagine that 45 spending over a month on the Easy Listening chart, but it did (peaking at #12). Peter, Paul and Mary were on the airwaves with Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In the Wind" at the same time. This version we selected to include here is an earlier take with no banjo and some minor lyric changes (here it's a "hot bargaining sun" in stead of a "hot blistering sun"). (Compare the final, hit version on the Trio's CAPITOL COLLECTOR'S SERIES disc).
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
June 16, 1963:
RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 13, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Rider (Judy Hensky) 2:51
Master #39961 recorded June 16, 1963
album: SUNNY SIDE
Single: 5132
"Rider" features some driving banjo licks and spirited group vocal work. Lots of groups had their own arrangements of this folk standard, and the Trio's was worked up by Bob, Nick and former Whiskyhill Singers member Judy Hensky. Once again, John is featured on lead vocal.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 12, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Those Who Are Wise (John Stewart) 2:50
Master #39962 recorded June 16, 1963
album: SUNNY SIDE
One of John Stewart's finest songwriting efforts is "Those Who Are Wise," one of the standout tracks collected here from SUNNY SIDE. Although the album was overflowing with songd featuring John, this is the only one actually composed for this album. (Source: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

June 17, 1963: RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 10, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Ballad of the Thresher (Allen/Nielsen/McDonald) 3:06
Master #39969 recorded June 17, 1963
album: SUNNY SIDE
Single: 5005
The tragic peacetime loss of an American nuclear submarine inspire a modern folk song, "Ballad of the Thresher," which the Trio chose to record for SUNNY SIDE, as well as release on the B side of "Desert Pete." John turns in a dramatic lead vocal. The song has a stronger thematic kinship to Gordon Lightfoot's 1976 epic "Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald."
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
June 18, 1963: POINT OF INTEREST: Bob Shane buys Kingston Farm in Roswell, GA.
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 11, 1963: RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 19, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Four Strong Winds (Ian Tyson) 2:52
Master #50467 recorded September, 11 1963
Previously unreleased
This Ian Tyson-penned modern folk classic helped put Canadian duo Ian and Sylvia on the folk map, but it isn't the Kingston Trio's version that anyone remembers. since it hasn't been heard until now. The group actually recorded the song twice. The first rendition, included here, was a group effort featuring John, apparently intended for the B side of the "Ally Ally Oxen Free" single (Included on the CAPITOL COLLECTORS SERIES disc), but shelved when the Brothers Four released their version first. The Trio reworked it as a solo for Bob on the November TIME TO THINK sessions, but that version was left unfinished. "Four Strong Winds" would be recorded by dozens of artists in the sixties, and revitalized years later by Neil Young.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
September 28, 1963: PERSONAL APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio (Nick, Bob & John) are featured with Barbara Streisand in a benefit concert for John F. Shelley (Mayoral campaign) at the Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
SOURCE: ebay / Souvenir program offered for sale (@ $99.99 minimum bid.)
October 22, 1963: PERSONAL APPEARANCE: SMU (Southern Methodist University), McFarlin Auditorium, Dallas, TX
SOURCE: Newspaper ad., Dallas Morning News of October 22, 1963 / Barry Martin
November 1, 1963: POINT OF INTEREST: The Shanes move to Atlanta permanently.
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
November 6, 1963: DATE OF BIRTH: Susan Hull Shane (Tutu) was born to Bob and Louise Shane.
SOURCE: Souvenir Program - "An Evening with The Kingston Trio
November 11, 1963: RECORD RELEASE (single): Ally Ally Oxen Free / Marcelle Vahine (Capitol 5078.) This recording eventually reached the #61 position on the charts.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
November 19, 1863: RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 16, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Hobo's Lullaby (Goebel Reeves) 3:13
Master #50908 recorded November 19, 1963
album: A TIME TO THINK
Nick Reynolds favorite lead vocal, "Hobo's Lullaby", is one of those unusual works that manages to be both melancholy and uplifting. The group only performed the song in concert once, because - as Nick put it: "It was just too heavy." Although a product of the Great Depression, the song fit perfectly into the over all mood of TIME TO THINK. The track also features some fine guitar playing by session sideman John Staubard.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 20, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream (Ed McCurdy) 2:06
Master #50909 recorded November 19, 1963
Previously unreleased
TIME TO THINK would be Nick, Bob and John's last studio album for Capitol, and it's closing cut was Ed McCurdy's "Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream." It may as well have been the best anti-war song ever written, and the Trio's recording is nothing less than brilliant. Radio just didn't want this find of song from the Kingston Trio, and releasing it during the week of the Beatles first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show was the ultimate in poor timing. "Strangest Dream" has the distinction of being the only Kingston Trio song covered by Simon and Garfunkel.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 22, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Ann (Billy Edd Wheeler) 2:45
Master #150907 recorded November 19, 1963
Previously unreleased
The Trio recorded this studio version of Billy Edd Wheeler's "Ann" for TIME TO THINK, but it didn't seem to fit the overall mood of the album, so they would later do it again live for BACK IN TOWN.
There has been considerable speculation over the past three decades as to how much of TIME TO THINK was finished before JFK's assassination, and to what degree that even determined the tone of the album. "Ann" was actually the last track laid down. Of the six TIME TO THINK tracks collected here, the two recorded prior to Kennedy's death - "Hobo's Lullaby" and "Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream" - would certainly indicate that a serious work was already in progress. The explosive "Coal Tattoo" was recorded on the day of JFK's funeral. The following day produced "Song for a friend" and "Patriot Game," and some of the latter's lyrics take on a new light in this historical context. (Another track recorded that day, "If You Don't Look Around" - collected on the Capitol John Stewart anthology CD, American Originals (80091) - is the angriest song the Trio ever churned out.) Even "Seasons In the Sun," recorded ten days after the assignation, now appears to contain different lyrical levels of meaning, and it would not be difficult for pessimistic historians to label it a capsulized anthology of the unraveling of JFK's Camelot.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

November 25, 1963: RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 15, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Coal Tattoo (Billy Edd Wheeler) 2:52
Master #50928 recorded November 25, 1963
album: A TIME TO THINK
Billy Edd Wheeler 's contribution to TIME TO THINK is "Coal Tattoo," and John Stewart is the lead vocalist. Voyle Gilmore utilized Capitol's echo chambers to chilling effect on this track, as the impassioned group vocals really sound like they might be coming from down in the mine. A few years earlier, "Coal Tattoo" might have been a hit in the same genre as Jimmy Deans "Big Bad John" or Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Sixteen Tons."
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
November 26, 1963: RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 18, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Song For a Friend (John Stewart) 2:54
Master #50930 recorded November, 26 1963
album: A TIME TO THINK
The members of the Kingston Trio were in San Francisco working on a album which would be titled A TIME TO THINK, when they received the news that President Kennedy had been assassinated. John Stewart wrote a heartfelt eulogy that day, and he recorded it on the day after the presidents funeral. Even Today, listening to this performance can transport one back to that emotional whirlwind of a weekend. John eventually chose to call it "Song For a Friend," but the session sheet for that day still lists it as "Original - No Title."
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/Track 14, THE CAPITOL YEARS: The Patriot Game (Billy Behen) 2:44
Master #50932 recorded November 26, 1963
album: A TIME TO THINK
Single: 5132
This version of "The Patriot Game" was remixed by Voyle Gilmore (for reasons unknown) for single release from the same take that appears on TIME TO THINK. In this rare form - previously available only on that 30-year old single - John Stewart's spoken verse appears at the beginning of the song. (Herar the album version on the Trio's CAPITOL COLLECTORS SERIES disc.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

December 2, 1963: RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 17, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Seasons In the Sun (Rod McKuen and Jacques Brel) 2:52
Master #50943 recorded December 2, 1963
album: A TIME TO THINK
The last track recorded for A TIME TO THINK was one of Bob Shane's most memorable leads, "Seasons in the Sun", which again features the guitar John Staubard. It was the Trio's final Capitol single, and although it never charted for the group in 1964, the Rod McKuen/Jacques Brel collaboration would spend three weeks at #1 for singer Terry Jacks ten years later
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

1964

 
February 15, 1964: POINT OF INTEREST: Capitol contract expires; token gesture for renewal.
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 17, 1964: RECORD RELEASE (single): Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream / The Patriot Game (Capitol 5132.)
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
March 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, April 1, 2, 3, 4, 1964: PERSONAL APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio plays at the "hungry i" in San Francisco, California. The engagement runs March 23 to April 4th and includes recording sessions that result in their last Capitol Records album, "Back In Town" (released on May 4, 1964.)
SOURCE: Trio picture (right)
April 1, 1964: RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 26, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Farewell Captain (Michael Stewart) 5:04
Master #51751 recorded April 1, 1964
Album: BACK IN TOWN
Preceded by John's introduction of the band (including the first public acknowledgment of sideman Glen Campbell) and his patented humorous patter - much of which has never been heard until now - this lighthearted Civil War parody "Farewell Captain" closes out "THE CAPITOL YEARS" appropriately with the words "We're going to leave you now."
Preoccupied to distraction in 1964 with promoting the Beatles and the Beach Boys, Capitol let the Kingston Trio slip away to Decca Records. Nick, Bob and John would record five more albums before disbanding in 1967, but none would approach the sales or chart heights of their Capitol years.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
April 2, 1964: RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/Track 23, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Hard Ain't It Hard (Woody Guthrie) 3:37
Master #18387 recorded April 2, 1964
Previously unreleased
We close out THE CAPITOL YEARS with four live tracks - three of them appearing for the first time -- from the Kingston Trio's last Capitol album sessions (for BACK IN TOWN) recorded at the Hungry "i" nightclub in San Francisco in the Spring of 1964.
Nick, Bob and John's re-recording of "Hard Ain't Hard," the original Trio's first track for Capitol, is a no-holds barred crowd pleaser. Some small liberties are taken with the lyrics and Bob even manages to work in the names of producer Voyle Gilmore and engineer Pete Abbot, no doubt intended as a thank you for all their years of hard (and successful) work at perfecting the group's sound.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 21, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Let's Get Together (Chet Powers) 3:37
Master #51753 recorded April 2, 1964
Previously unreleased
Here's a track we didn't know existed until recently, and it is none other than Nick, Bob and John's last studio recording for Capitol Records. The group was trying to perfect their arrangement for a single, when Decca won the contract bidding "war" for the Trio's future services. Work immediately halted in the studio, and "Let's Get Together" was later on cut live for inclusion on the groups contract-fulfilling album, BACK IN TOWN. We can only speculate how it would have fared as a single, but judging from the fact that both We Five and The Youngbloods would later land chart hits with the tune, it looks like it might have been a winner. The pre-take chatter indicates the end of a long session, and we're glad they hung around for one more try.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 24, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Reuben James (Woody Guthrie) 3:19
Master #36371 recorded April 2, 1964
Previously unreleased
Having became the most popular track on the CLOSE-UP album over the years, "Reuben James" certainly sounded like another hit single, but it missed that chance by remaining album-bound. It was one of Nick, Bob and John's most impassioned, rousing studio recordings, and this previously unheard live version from the BACK IN TOWN sessions (complete with Bob's historical info intro) is no slouch, either. They sound like they actually did have friends on that doomed ship.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

RECORDING SESSION: Disc 4/ Track 25, THE CAPITOL YEARS: Pullin' Away (Reynolds/Shane/Stewart) 4:12
Master #37553 recorded April 2, 1964
Previously unreleased
Here's another version of "Pullin' Away" from the vaults, this one being a live leftover from BACK IN TOWN, with the added bonus of nick's humorous preface. Lots of groups did this song, but probably the best rendition was from the Trio's label-mates, the Journeymen.
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)

April 20, 1964 RECORD RELEASE (single): If You Don't Look Around / Seasons In The Sun (Capitol 5166.)
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
April 22, 1964 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Civic Auditorium, Rochester, NY.
SOURCE: "The Rochester Visitor This Week In Rochester." To see image, CLICK here.
October 25, 1964: POINT OF INTEREST: Joe Gannon begins as road manager.
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
November 9, 1964 RECORD RELEASE (single): My Rambling Boy / Hope You Understand (Decca 31702.)
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
November 11, 1964 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Mershon Auditorium, Ohio State University, Ohio at 8:00 pm ($2.00)
SOURCE: Ticket Stubb posted to ebay

1965

 
January, 1965: POINT OF INTEREST: Joe Gannon begins as road manager.
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
January 11, 1965 RECORD RELEASE (single): I'm Going Home / Little Play Soldiers (Decca 31730.)
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
January 29, 1965 TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the NBC TV program "The Jack Benny Program" (930-10:30 pm)
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
February 27, 1965: POINT OF INTEREST: Trident stock ownership: Rene Cardenas, Don Graham, Joe Gannon, Werber, and KT.
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
June 25, 1965 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appears (the last of seven nights) with Roger Miller at the Carter Barron Amphitheater (Rock Creek Park), Washington D.C.
SOURCE: Concert playbill/flyer offered on ebay online auction.
October 3,1965 TV APPEARANCE: Dave's Place TV show, staring Dave Guard, premiers on ABC-TV in Australia.
SOURCE: TV Times magazine (Australia,) September 29, 1965 / Ken Bradshaw.
October 22, 1965: TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the NBC dramatic TV program "Convoy" (8:30-9:30 pm)
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.

NOTE:
The guys were also in an episode of the program "Convoy" which aired on October 22, 1965. It was in the segment entitled "The Duel." They played themselves and sang two songs, "Hard Travelin'" and "Blowin' In The Wind." Regretfully, I also did not see this production, so that's about all I can tell you about the program. I will mention that the format of the series chronicled a fictional World War II journey of nearly 200 ship from the United States to Europe. One review I read about it stated "These dull and uninspiring stories detailed the problems of transporting ships, supplies, and men through U-boat infested waters." I think it was cancelled after one season. An "Episode Guide" to the show stated "...the show boast an interesting array of guest stars ranging from the Kingston Trio (making their first - and probably only - dramatic appearance) to Dennis Hopper, Jack Palance, Leslie Nielsen and James Doohan."
SOURCE: Posted by Tony Lay on December 14, 1999 at 18:05:28:

November 24,1965 DECEASED: Frank Proffitt on this date in Vilas, NC. It was from Proffitt that Frank Warner learned the song "Tom Dooley" and subsequently taught it to John and Allen Lomax.
December 27, 1965 TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the Lloyd Thaxton TV show.
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.

1966

 
January 6, 1966 TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the "Where The Action Is" TV show.
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
February 21, 1966 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Janesville Wisconsin, ". . . One of the most popular folk-singing groups in the United States, the Kingston Trio, performs at the Jeffris Theater. Their hits include Tom Dooley, M.T.A. and Where Have All the Flowers Gone."
SOURCE: Janesville Wisconsin Gazette, 'Gazette Extras' page at http://www.gazetteextra.com/century/1960/snip66.html
March 4, 1966 TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the "Where The Action Is" TV show.
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
May 10, 1966 PERSONAL APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio in Montreal, Canada
SOURCE: Handbill offered on ebay (2-12-2000) Item #259538362 @ $45.00.
September 5, 1966 RECORD RELEASE (single): Lock All The Windows / Hit And Run (Decca 32010.)
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
October 31, 1966 RECORD RELEASE (single): Texas Across The River / Babe, You've Been On My Mind (Decca 32040.)
SOURCE: Liner notes; The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years (Capitol Records CD7243 8 28498 2 7)
November 21, 1966 TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the NBC TV program "The Roger Miller Show" (8:30-9:00 pm).
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
   

1967

 
February 2, 1967 TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the TV program "The Mike Douglas Show."
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
February 5, 1967 TV APPEARANCE: The Kingston Trio appear on the NBC TV program "The Andy Williams Show" (10:00 -11:00 pm)
SOURCE: Jean Ward's personal archive.
June 17, 1967: POINT OF INTEREST: Final Show: After almost ten years to the day, the second generation of The Kingston Trio closes their final performance at San Francisco's 'hungry i' and disbands. - Joe Gannon, Frank Werber, Judy Davis, Bill Cosby, Tom Smothers, Phyllis Diller, Herb Alpert, Dean Reilly in red chicken suit . . .  Stewart and Reynolds don't return for encore, leaving Shane alone on stage.
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