Rest in Peace, Glenn
It was with great sadness that I found out on August 12th, 2016 that my long time friend Glenn Yarbrough had died the day before. Glenn was a marvelous entertainer and good friend of mine and all the members of The Kingston Trio.
I first met Glenn in the early 1960s when he was with the original Limeliters and knew imediately he was a special talent. We performed together many times over the years. We will all miss him and his wonderful talent. Below is a link to a good New York Times article about Glenn and the Limeliters ~Bob Shane
"Glenn Yarbrough, Folksinger with The Limeliters, Dies at 86"
Fantasy Camp Rocked, As Always
Another Kingston Trio Fantasy Camp under our belts! This one was a huge success. Moved to the opposite side of the hotel to the ballroom, the showroom was roomier and professional, and the sound was phenomenal. Everyone was GREAT.
We can't tell you how much we appreciate the talent, the friendship, the support and the tremendous good will that all you campers, Bloodliners, friends and family bring to Scottsdale, AZ every year for our annual camp. Thanks to everyone and we miss you already!! We are almost sold out for next year's camp!! For more info, please visit Fantasy Camp News
Paul Rybolt took over 1000 photos of camp XVII- he will have them uploaded soon to his website. Click on the link below and look for the camp 2016 folder. There will also an option to buy high resolution photos of your choice: ryboltcox.com
Our new PBS TV Pledge Special, "The Kingston Trio Celebration" was released June 4, 2016!
The show will be broadcast for the next 18 months in various cities for the next 22 months, so check (or bug) your local PBS affiliate stations for dates and times.
According to a long time PBS employee, "Never have I seen a show picked up so quickly by so many public televsion affilitates."
This historic two-day concert features The Kingston Trio (George Grove, Bill Zorn & Rick Dougherty); Al Jardine (The Beach Boys); Timothy B. Schmit (The Eagles); Barry "Eve of Destruction" McGuire (formerly of The New Christy Minstrels); Trini Lopez, Josh Reynolds (son of the Trio's late Nick Reynolds); Henry Diltz (world famous music photographer & member of The Modern Folk Quartet); The Limeliters; Sana Christian; Paul Gabrielson, and includes a rare appearance by the iconic co-founder and sole surviving membe of the original Kingston Trio, Mr. Bob Shane!
Note: This show is the first in a 3 step process. PBS has asked for a second show ("We want more Kingston Trio!") which will air sometime later this year or the beginning of next year; the 3rd step is the expanded DVD of The Kingston Trio's history, something we have all been waiting for.
See photos, show notes & the original press release of the concert furthur below.
The Kingston Trio Celebration Taping For PBS:
The Kingston Trio Performs At The Avalon Hollywood Under A Fabulous Stage Design, Bob Shane Performs Solo
Josh Reynolds Joins George Grove & The Rest Of The Kingston Trio For M.T.A., Bob Shane Sings With The Kingston Trio
(photos courtesy of ©2015 Henry Diltz Photography)
Birds Eye View Of The Set Design At The Avalon Hollywood
Robert Friedman wrote a really nice show review: read
MORE SHOW NOTES:
All-Star Celebration for Folk Pioneers The Kingston Trio, Wows Sell-Out House! Historic Music Event at LA’s Avalon Hollywood Taped For Public Television
On June 21st and 22nd, 2015, music history was made at LA's Avalon Hollywood (formerly the Hollywood Palace Theater), during a two-day taping of a new Public Television Live Concert Pledge Special: "The Kingston Trio: A Celebration!" Numerous musical icons gathered to pay tribute to the legacy of The Kingston Trio , one of the four best-selling acts in the history of Capitol Records, along with The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Frank Sinatra!
Beach Boys' Al Jardine, following The Beach Boy’s concert the night before at The Greek Theater, surprised current Trio members Bill Zorn, George Grove, and Rick Dougherty with a walk-on performance of "Sloop John B," a song The Trio recorded in the mid-50’s. When Zorn boasted The Trio recorded the tune first, Jardine deadpanned with, “but we had the hit,” then launched straight into The Beach Boys’ timeless version, playing Carl Wilson’s Rickenbacker 12-string electric guitar, and backed by The Trio doing Mike Love/Brian and Carl Wilson harmonies.
Sixties hitmaker Barry McGuire ("Eve of Destruction," "Green, Green"), sang the Trio’s classic "Greenback Dollar," a number one hit he co-wrote with Hoyt Axton. And when the Trio began their version of "La Bamba," recorded even before Ritchie Valens and Los Lobos did it, the crowd went wild when international singer, Trini Lopez, danced out to join The Trio for a rousing rendition of the song that he too, had a major hit with in the 70’s.
The evening featured surprise performances by fellow folk trio The Limeliters (Gaylan Taylor, Andy Corwin & Don Marovich), popular Northern California folk singer Sana Christian, and an emotional appearance by Josh Reynolds, a look-alike and sound-alike of his father, the late Nick Reynolds, co-founder of the original Kingston Trio. Josh performed his dad’s big Trio hit, “MTA” at the Sunday show, which was also Father’s Day. This theme that played out again when actress and photographer, Shari Belafonte, joined the production as the official still photographer. The Trio took their name from a lyric in the popular Harry Belafonte song, “Jamaica Farewell.”
But the evening’s highlight was an appearance by the legendary Bob Shane, co-founder and sole-surviving member of the original Kingston Trio (Reynolds, Dave Guard, and Guard replacement, beloved songwriter, John Stewart). After suffering a heart attack a decade ago, Shane has only made infrequent appearances with the Trio.
After a five-minute standing ovation, Shane delighted fans - new and old, with perfect renditions of “Scotch and Soda” and “Tom Dooley.” After another lengthy ovation, he brought out some special, longtime fans to join him in a rare performance of “Scarlett Ribbons”: Timothy B. Schmit (The Eagles) and Al Jardine (The Beach Boys). The packed house stood for another five minutes as they joined Bob on stage.
The producers will now begin taping testimonials and/or additional tribute performances from Tom Paxton, Brian Wilson, Woody Allen, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Steve Martin, Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), Lindsay Buckingham (Fleetwood MAC), John Sebastian, Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary), The Punch Brothers, Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA), Paul Simon, Mort Sahl, and Bruce Springsteen. The show will air in 2016.
Amongst the VIP’s in the Avalon audience were superstar rock photographer Henry Diltz; MTV ground breaker and former film partner of The Monkees’ Michael Nesmith, William Dear; San Francisco radio personality, Ray White; film & TV actress Tracy Brooks Swope; and Gregg and Janet Deering of Deering Banjos. Fans came from all over the world to be part of the celebration, from as far away as Germany, England, Brazil, Japan, and Taiwan.
Award-winning PBS Television Producer/Host, Terrel Cass, produced with Chip Miller, who was also the concert special’s director. “The Kingston Trio: A Celebration!” is a production of Desert C.A.M. Studios/Winmill Films and Terrel Cass Productions, in association with The Kingston Trio Company.
Original Concert Press Release: read
Kingston Trio Performing At San Francisco City Hall Celebration June 19th, 2015
Kingston Trio Inducted Into Banjo Hall of Fame
|The city of San Francisco City Hall celebrated its 100 year anniversary June 19th, 2015 and The Kingston Trio was invited to sing, along with many other groups who also contributed to San Francisco's rich musical history. The outdoor concert was a huge success and the Trio was honored to be a part of it. Congratulations, SF City Hall!
The Kingston Trio's induction into the Banjo Hall of Fame was held Sept. 5th, 2014 in Oklahoma City and was hosted by The American Banjo Museum.
The entire event was one class act, with some amazing banjo music and a lot of history. The American Banjo Museum is wonderful - if you are ever travelling through Oklahoma City, you should check it out. Banjo Heaven.
George Grove, Bill Zorn, Bob Shane & Rick Dougherty With Award From Banjo Hall of Fame
MILESTONES THIS YEAR:
~George Grove is starting his 40th year with The Kingston Trio!! Way to go.
~Bob Shane turned 82 on February 1st, wow.
~The Kingston Trio is starting its 59th year! Who woulda thunk??
~Paul Gabrielson is in his 29th year with The Kingston Trio. Go Paul!!
~After 17 Years of Kingston Trio Fantasy Camp, we are going strong. We've had to extend to a 5 day camp. Yahoo.
~PBS began airing "The Kingston Trio - A Celebration!" as a pledge drive starting June 4th, and it will run for 25 months. Amazing footage shot at a two day all star concert June 21st & 22nd at the Avalon Hollywood in Hollywood, CA will be included, along with a lot more footage from all over.
~Great NYT Article Comparing Kingston Trio To Mumford & Sons read
~The Kingston Trio biography, "Greenback Dollar" is an excellent history
Author Bill Bush knows his facts. Purchase at The Kingston Trio Store
Kingston Trio Sings National Anthem Before NLCS Game 6
The Kingston Trio Traveling Museum Exhibit has been extremely popular. The exhibit started its run in Coronado, CA in the summmer of 2014, then moved to The American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma Cty, where it ran until the fall of 2014. It is now with the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, OK, and after finishing it's run there in the Spring of 2016, will be housed permanently in the Grammy Museum. Click on the link below for more info.
~Kingston Trio Exhibit Travelling to American Banjo Museum
~Purple Onion Comedy Club Closing