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The Kingston Trio

In 1957 America was ready for a new style of music. Just out of college, Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds and Dave Guard took dormant folk music and gave it a comic twist irresistible to the college crowd (and just about everyone else). The music was rooted in American Popular culture, but performed with a refreshing style that now seems timeless. Like the Beatles, The Kingston Trio created a national audience for their new style of music, causing a ripple effect on the entire music industry. When "Tom Dooley" went gold in 1958, the folk revival was born. In no time The Limeliters, The Brothers Four, Chad Mitchell and The Smothers Bros. all found an audience. It was this "folk revival" that set the stage for Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter Paul & Mary, The Byrds, and the protest movement of the 60s. [+]