The Kingston Trio

The MTA
#5 in 1959


The Kingston Trio was formed in 1957 in the Palo Alto, California, area by Dave Guard, Bob Shane, and Nick Reynolds, who were just out of college. The group's first hit was a catchy rendition of an traditional folk song, "Tom Dooley", based upon the life of the tragic figure. Several of the group's most popular songs were humorous numbers, such as "Tijuana Jail", the tale of an ill-fated trip to Mexico, and "The MTA Song", the saga of a man who "never returned" from the Boston subway system. A concert favorite was the darkly humorous "Merry Minuet", a tuneful meditation on the prospect of nuclear war. As of 2006, The Kingston Trio consists of George Grove, and leaving the Limeliters were Bill Zorn, and Rick Dougherty.
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