NEW YORK — Bob Shane, the closing surviving fashioned member of the everyday folk neighborhood the Kingston Trio and the lead singer on its million-promoting ballad “Tom Dooley” and a lot of different hits, has died.
Shane died Sunday at a hospice in Phoenix, Arizona at age 85. Mike Marvin, a cousin and surrogate son of fellow Kingston Trio founder Prick Reynolds confirmed the dying however did now not straight away know the reason on the encourage of dying.
Shane, Reynolds and Dave Guard were performers within the San Francisco membership circuit within the 1950s and broke via nationally in 1958 with their eponymous debut album, which featured “Tom Dooley,” an outdated extraordinary inspired by a Accomplice historical’s conviction for assassinate. The music reached No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts, won a Grammy for easiest country and western music (no folk category existed) and helped launch the so-called folk revival, with varied artists including Joan Baez; Peter, Paul and Mary; and, within the fracture, Bob Dylan.
Dapper slash and amiable, they were criticized by some folk artists for being too slick and for heading off political statements. Nevertheless the Kingston Trio used to be one among the country’s high acts over the following few years. Five Kingston Trio albums topped the Billboard charts, with approved songs including “The build Cling The entire Vegetation Long gone?,” “500 Miles,” “It Became a Very Factual 365 days,” later recorded by Frank Sinatra, and “Sloop John B,” later a Seaside Boys hit.
Their success continued even after Guard left in 1961, and used to be modified by John Stewart. Nevertheless by the mid-1960s, the Beatles had arrived, Dylan used to be taking half in rock music and the oldsters market used to be in decline. The Trio broke up in 1967, though Shane continued to tour and legend with rather a few incarnations of the neighborhood over the following many years. He retired from performing in 2004 after suffering a coronary heart assault.
Guard, whom Shane had known since each and each were attending high faculty in Shane’s native Hawaii, died in 1991. Reynolds and Stewart, who went on to put in writing the Monkees’ “Daydream Believer” and varied hits, died in 2008. The Kingston Trio received an honorary Grammy in 2011.
“Their music used to be a balm to the rising angst of a expertise that used to be quickly to turn our country and our world upside down,” Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary wrote of them in 2014. “They tossed off renditions of music gemstones that felt easy yet valid, frigid yet caring, sympathetic yet ‘no mountainous ting.’”
Shane used to be married twice, most no longer too long within the past to Bobbi Childress, and had 5 early life.