Bob Shane
American musician
Bob Shane
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.
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Can a Bloodied 5-Year-Old Boy Shame Obama Into Action?
Yahoo News - 6 months
This article first appeared on the Atlantic Council site. As Aleppo writhes in torment under bombs dropped by Russian aircraft launched from an Iranian air base, one wonders if it occurs to anyone in the White House that something has gone horribly wrong. As a blackened and bleeding 5-year-old boy testifies with his befuddled gaze to a hollowed-out, leaderless, self-absorbed and negligent West, one wonders what it will take for the Obama administration, in the time remaining to it, to muster a spark of decency in its Syria policy.
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Bob Shank On Mountain Stage
NPR - over 4 years
Shank made a surprise appearance on Mountain Stage when another artist called in sick. The renowned songwriter, banjo and hammered dulcimer player performs cuts from his latest record, Don't Worry About the Moon. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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POLL: How Do You Handle School Lunches?
Baoadneck Patch - over 4 years
This week marks the start of the new year for most students who attend Anne Arundel County Public School (AACPS) and Patch wants to know what your kids are eating during the day. AACPS offers both breakfast and lunch to students, and the current cost of meals is the same as it was last year. When the Board of Education voted in May to not raise meal prices, it was the first time in four years that parents did not see an increase in food costs at schools. The price of breakfast is $1.35 at all schools, and lunch is $2.60 for elementary students and $2.85 at middle and high schools. Improved menu offerings include more whole grains, lean protein choices and fruits and vegetables. Thanks to initiatives like the Farm to School program, students have access to fresh local produce. Schools will recognize the fifth annual Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week on Sept. 17-21. According to AACPS, schools will serve more than 5 million lunches and 1.9 million breakfasts. Patch want ...
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Coffee Gallery Backstage Music Promoter Wins Music Award
Altadena Patch - almost 5 years
Local resident and Altadena Patch reader Donna Barnes-Roberts has the following tribute to Coffee Gallery Backstage promoter Bob Stane, who has been named the Music Legend Award winner at the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest: Yes, the venerable Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest has named Bob Stane as their Legend Award winner for 2012.  Bob has made a career of keeping the music alive at various venues including the Ice House in Pasadena until his sort-of-retirement in the 70's.  He now runs the relaxed and enjoyable The Coffee Gallery Backstage on Lake Ave., in Altadena.  Through his many years of providing a place for musicians and entertainers to play, he has helped along a long list of yesterday and today's legends.  For that we are all grateful.  And he has again won the hearts of those of us who love having such a world-class venue in our own backyard.  Thank you Bob.  Besides running the Coffee Gallery Backstage, Stane and a friend were also responsible for building a ...
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Willee Sings: “The Kapolei Choo-choo”
Hawaii Reporter - almost 5 years
BY J. ARTHUR RATH - Willee Sings: “The Kapolei Choo-choo” I’m ready to be a singing conductor on Honolulu’s new train,” Coconut Willee said jauntily, standing under a tree at Waikiki’s Queen Surf restaurant. “Like my hat and train whistle puller?” “Archaic, but colorful,” I acknowledged. He was full of news: “Union workers are starting right now.  Even if what they do turns out like playing with a Gilbert Erector Set—assemble some towers, then tear ‘em down--they say, it’s cheaper that way should voters say ‘Go away.’ Is that anyway to run a railroad?  I thought to myself. “Listen to my song.”  Willee used a speech-sing style I think of as “parlando”: “Pardon me boy, here comes The Kapole’i Choo Choo, Producing billions in dough, As back and forth it will go.” He borrowed the melody from a song as old as Willee’s train conductor outfit. Willee made ‘Kapole’i (Hawaii) and Chatanooga (Tennesee) rhythmically alike. Observing my doubting look, he stopped to explain: ...
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Summary Box: Shale gas raises hope, fear in Poland
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
GAS PLAYS: About two dozen international companies across Poland are exploring thousands of meters (yards) underground for hidden deposits of natural gas hailed as a vast new source of fuel.
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Folk Music Survives: The Kingston Trio Performs in Moore County - Southern Pines Pilot
Google News - over 5 years
The original members, Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds and Dave Guard, merged together in 1957 with the same -ambitions of many young bands: Pick up chicks, have fun, and play music. Bob Shane, the only surviving original member, claims that the guys
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Book explores story behind Tom Dooley play - Wilkes Journal Patriot
Google News - over 5 years
The signing will begin at 6:30 pm Bob Shane, a member of The Kingston Trio, who also wrote the forward for the novel, said, “A great read for anyone interested in a true telling of the lives and events of the legend of Tom Dooley
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Garth Brooks, Billy Joel perform together during Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony - SoundSpike
Google News - over 5 years
The song, originally recorded by Bob Shane of The Kingston Trio in 1961, has subsequently been released by numerous artists including Don McLean, Richie Havens, Lou Rawls, Earth Kitt, The Flaming Lips, Robbie Williams and Ray Charles (as a duet with
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Songwriter Connor to round out Song Cycle music series - Gadsden Times
Google News - over 5 years
Connor was also a member of the New Kingston Trio along with Bob Shane and Pat Horine. He worked for a number of years with Denver and, after the singer's death in an airplane crash, was a featured performer in a Denver tribute show
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Good Morning, Buffalo - Buffalo News
Google News - almost 6 years
Of the original members, only Bob Shane is still alive. And although he owns the name, he doesn't come out on the road any more. But the charm of the songs -- "Tom Dooley," "Scotch and Soda," "A Worried Man" and "Greenback Dollar," just to name a few
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Songwriters Hall of Fame presents first ever Visionary Leadership Award to ... - AHN | All Headline News
Google News - almost 6 years
The 2011 Towering Song Award is being presented to Ervin Drake's “It Was a Very Good Year,” originally performed by Bob Shane of the Kingston Trio, but made famous by Frank Sinatra in 1965. The song earned Sinatra a Grammy® for Best Vocal Performance,
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SongHall to honor Hal David, "It Was A Very Good Year" -
Google News - almost 6 years
Meanwhile, "It Was A Very Good Year," which was originally recorded by Bob Shane of the Kingston Trio in 1961, will receive the 2011 Towering Song award. Written by Ervin Drake (a 1983 SHOF inductee), it won Frank Sinatra a Grammy for Best Vocal
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Rubicon Theatre celebrates classic American folk songs - Ventura County Star
Google News - almost 6 years
... Noel Paul Stookey and Bob Dylan; Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, who personifies folk heroes like Bob Shane, Cisco Houston and Glenn Yarborough; and Anthony Manough, who renders rocking versions of Lead Belly's "Rock Island Line" and "Midnight Special
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ARTS | LONG ISLAND; Songs (and Sinatra) Tell the Story of This Life
NYTimes - over 7 years
''STORY of a guy's life, told in wine vintage terms.'' As Ervin Drake tells it, that was the note to himself that led to his writing a song, back in 1961, that earned a Grammy for Frank Sinatra. At the time, Mr. Drake was in the office of a music publisher who told him that Bob Shane of the Kingston Trio would be coming in the following morning to
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Travis Edmonson, 76, Influential Folk Singer
NYTimes - almost 8 years
Travis Edmonson, who brought a Mexican flavor to the fertile San Francisco folk music scene of the 1950s and who, with the duo Bud and Travis, influenced Bay Area groups that lasted longer and became better known, died Saturday in Mesa, Ariz. He was 76. The cause was heart failure, said Mike Bartlett, a friend and family spokesman. Mr. Edmonson had
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Nick Reynolds, Kingston Trio Harmonizer, Dies at 75
NYTimes - over 8 years
Nick Reynolds, a founding member of the Kingston Trio whose smooth tenor and gift for harmonizing helped propel the group to worldwide fame in the folk-music revival of the late 1950s and early '60s, died Wednesday in San Diego. He was 75 and lived in Coronado, Calif. The cause was acute respiratory disease syndrome, said his son Joshua Stewart
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The Guide
NYTimes - almost 15 years
The Story Behind the Art Daniel Huntington's portrait of Abigail Hinman, dressed in the satin and lace of the 18th century, is a fine example of the art of its period. But why Abigail is carrying a musket pointed at some unseen enemy is beyond the viewer's understanding. Solving such mysteries is the purpose of ''American Stories,'' a new
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bob Shane
  • 2004
    Age 70
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Though Shane had initially planned to return to the group after convalescing, the attack was severe enough to warrant Shane's permanent withdrawal from performing with the group that he still owns. He was replaced by former New Kingston Trio member Bill Zorn. Shane was married for 23 years to the former Louise Brandon. They have five children and 6 grandchildren. Since 2000, Shane has been married to Bobbie Childress.
  • 1990
    Age 56
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Guard's lymphoma returned, however, and he died in March 1991. Shane was the only member of any configuration of the Kingston Trio to sing at Guard's memorial service. Through the years following Shane's acquisition of the Kingston Trio name in 1976, the personnel in the group changed several times, though Shane and Grove remained constants. Shane guided the group to a success that if never the equivalent of the group's first decade was nonetheless steady and consistent. Shane's Kingston Trio relied heavily on a "greatest hits formula" augmented by a number of other songs acquired through the years that fans had accepted as part of the group's repertoire.
  • 1981
    Age 47
    Shane and the other principals assented, and the concert was staged and taped at the Magic Mountain amusement park in Valencia, California in November 1981; it was broadcast over PBS stations in March 1982.
    More Details Hide Details Despite some residual tension between Guard and Shane, part of which surfaced in a Wall Street Journal article by Roy Harris about the event and which resulted from public comments made by Guard that Shane felt disparaged both him and his current group, the concert was moderately successful and became a landmark in Kingston Trio history. Over the next nine years, Shane and Guard reconciled to a large degree.
    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.
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  • 1969
    Age 35
    The first consisted of guitarist Pat Horine and banjoist Jim Connor in addition to Shane and lasted from 1969 to 1973, the second including guitarist Roger Gambill and banjoist Bill Zorn from 1973 until 1976.
    More Details Hide Details Shane tried to create a repertoire for these groups that included both expected Kingston Trio standards like "Tom Dooley" and "M.T.A." but also more contemporary songs, including country and novelty tunes. The attempt did not meet with any significant success. Though both of these groups made a limited number of recordings and television appearances, neither generated very much interest from fans or the public at large. At the end of 1976, Bill Zorn wanted to pursue a solo career and left the group under amicable circumstances. To replace him, Shane found a younger performer named George Grove, an instrumentalist and singer. Shane realized that the group's greatest asset in addition to his vocals and his presence as a founding member was the name itself. Consequently, he purchased the rights to the Kingston Trio name outright from Reynolds and Werber, and all subsequent iterations of Shane's troupe since late 1976 have been known simply as the Kingston Trio.
    In 1969, he asked permission of Reynolds and Werber, still his partners, to lease the group's name.
    More Details Hide Details They assented with the provisos that Shane assemble a group of comparable musical quality to the two original configurations and that "New" be appended to the name. Shane organized two troupes under the name of "The New Kingston Trio."
  • 1967
    Age 33
    They released four more albums before disbanding as an act following a final engagement at the Hungry i in June 1967.
    More Details Hide Details Shane had not been in favor of the break-up of the Kingston Trio, both because he felt that the Trio could adapt to changing musical tastes and because he had by then become a thoroughly accomplished entertainer and a canny marketer. Deciding to stay in the entertainment business, Shane experimented both with solo work (he recorded several singles, including a version of the song "Honey" that later became a million-seller for Bobby Goldsboro) and with different configurations with other folk-oriented performers.
  • 1958
    Age 24
    In the summer of 1958 while Shane and the Trio were performing at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu, disc jockey Paul Colburn in Salt Lake City, then others in Miami and nationally began playing the "Tom Dooley" cut from the album on the air.
    More Details Hide Details Popular response forced a reluctant Capitol Records marketing department to release the song as a single on August 8, 1958. It shot to #1 on the Billboard and Variety charts, selling a million copies before Christmas of 1958 and earning the Kingston Trio both its first of eight gold records and of two Grammys. This ushered in an era of remarkable success as both a recording and performing act for Shane and the Trio. In 1959 alone, the group released four albums, three of which attained #1 status and all four of which were in Billboard's Top Ten in December 1959, a feat equaled only by the Beatles. Thirteen of their albums placed in Billboard's Top Ten, with five going to #1 and the first album remaining on the charts for 195 weeks. A half dozen singles charted in the Top 100 as well. The group played over two hundred dates per year for several years, pioneering the college concert circuit and appearing at most of the country's top night clubs, festivals, and amphitheaters as well.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The album included the number that became Shane's signature song, "Scotch and Soda," powerful and rhythmic guitar work from Shane throughout, and an obscure North Carolina murder ballad, "Tom Dooley" on which Shane sang the lead.
  • 1957
    Age 23
    Under Werber's rigorous tutelage, Shane, Guard, and Reynolds began almost daily rehearsals for several months, including instruction from prominent San Francisco vocal coach Judy Davis. The group's first significant break came in the summer of 1957 when comedian Phyllis Diller had to cancel an engagement at The Purple Onion, a small San Francisco night club, and Werber talked the management into hiring the untested trio for a week.
    More Details Hide Details The trio's close harmonies, varied repertoire, and carefully rehearsed but apparently spontaneous on stage humor made them an instant success with the club's patrons, and the engagement stretched to six months. During this stint, Werber used the Kingston Trio's local popularity to try to generate interest from record companies. After several false starts, the group landed a contract with Capitol Records, recording their first album in three days in February 1958. The producer was the already legendary (from Frank Sinatra's 1950s Capitol sessions) Voyle Gilmore, who made two immediate and fateful decisions. Gilmore insisted that the trio's acoustic sound have more of a "bottom" and added a bass player to the recordings. He also decided that the group should be recorded without additional orchestral instrumentation, unusual for the time; both decisions came to characterize nearly all of the Kingston Trio's subsequent recordings and live performances.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Shane's baritone vocals and guitar work were the foundation of the Kingston Trio's sound. Shane, Guard, Reynolds, and Werber drew up an informal agreement (on a paper napkin, according to a legend that Werber has debunked) that morphed into a legal partnership. They decided on the name "Kingston Trio" because it evoked, they thought, both the then-popular calypso music that emanated from Kingston, Jamaica as well as the kind of "collegiate" ambiance suggested by their quickly adopted stage outfit of matching button-down collared three-quarter length sleeved striped shirts.
  • 1956
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The group went under different names, most often as "Dave Guard and the Calypsonians." They made little more than beer money and had no formal professional aspirations, so by the end of that year and following his graduation from Menlo College Shane had returned to Hawaii to work in the family business. However, Shane had discovered a natural affinity for entertaining and at night pursued a solo career in Hawaii, including engagements at some of Waikiki's major hotels. Shane's act consisted of an eclectic mix of songs from Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Harry Belafonte, and Broadway shows. It was during this period of several months that Shane also met acoustic blues legend Josh White, who helped Shane refine his guitar style and influenced him to support his vocals with a Martin "Dreadnought" guitar, significant in that it led to Shane's lifelong association with that guitar maker. C.F. Martin & Co. reciprocated by issuing a number of "signature" models honoring Shane and the Kingston Trio in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
  • 1952
    Age 18
    Following graduation in 1952, Shane attended Menlo College in Menlo Park, California while Guard matriculated at nearby Stanford University.
    More Details Hide Details At Menlo, Shane met and became fast friends with Nick Reynolds, originally from the San Diego area and also a musician and singer with a broad knowledge of folk and popular songs, due in part to Reynolds' music-loving father, a captain in the Navy.
  • 1934
    Age 0
    Born on February 1, 1934.
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