Bob Shane

Born Feb 1, 1934

Bob Shane is an American singer and guitarist and, with Nick Reynolds' passing in October 2008, the only surviving founding member of The Kingston Trio. In that capacity, Shane became a seminal figure in the revival of folk and other acoustic music as a popular art form in the U.S. in the late 1950s through the mid 1960s.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bob Shane.


1934 Birth Born on February 1, 1934.


1952 18 Years Old Following graduation in 1952, Shane attended Menlo College in Menlo Park, California while Guard matriculated at nearby Stanford University. … Read More


1956 22 Years Old Shane introduced Reynolds to Guard, and in 1956, the three began performing together as part of an informal aggregation that could, according to Reynolds, expand to as large as six or seven members. … Read More
1957 23 Years Old 1 More Event
…  When Guard and Reynolds let Gannon go and Bogue followed, Reynolds, Guard and Werber all considered Shane the logical third member and asked him to return to California, which he did in the spring of 1957. … Read More
1958 24 Years Old 1 More Event
The album The Kingston Trio was released in June 1958 at the same time that the group was beginning a long engagement at San Francisco's more prominent Hungry i night club. … Read More


1967 33 Years Old …  They released four more albums before disbanding as an act following a final engagement at the Hungry i in June 1967. … Read More
1969 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1969, he asked permission of Reynolds and Werber, still his partners, to lease the group's name. … Read More


1981 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1981, PBS producers JoAnn Young and Paul Surratt pitched an idea to Shane: a reunion concert that the network could use as a fund raiser and that would include not only Shane's current group but also on stage reunions of the two original Kingston Trio lineups with Guard and Stewart.


1990 56 Years Old Guard was suffering from cancer though apparently in remission when Shane and Reynolds visited him in New Hampshire in the summer of 1990, and the three discussed the possibility of a reunion tour that would again feature Shane's current troupe (which by this time included a re-invigorated Nick Reynolds) as well as Guard and Stewart. … Read More


2004 70 Years Old In March 2004, a month after his 70th birthday, Shane suffered a debilitating heart attack that forced him into retirement from touring and performing after forty seven years with the act. … Read More
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