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Entertainment Bob Shane, the last original member of Kingston Trio folk group, dies at 85

10:46  28 january  2020
10:46  28 january  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Bob Shane , the last original member of the the Grammy-winning Kingston Trio , died Sunday at the age of 85 . Shane , Dave Guard and Nick Reynolds, who formed the musical group in the San Francisco Bay area in the 1950s, led a revival of the folk -music format with a series of chart-topping

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Bob Shane, the last original member of the the Grammy-winning Kingston Trio, died Sunday at the age of 85.

a man holding a bottle of wine: ** FILE ** In this Feb. 5, 1959 file photo, members of the Kingston Trio, from left: Dave Guard, Bob Shane and Nick Reynolds are pictured in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Reynolds, a founding member of the Kingston Trio who jump-started the revival folk scene of the late 1950s and paved the way for artists such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, has died. He was 75. (AP Photo) ORG XMIT: NY125 © AP ** FILE ** In this Feb. 5, 1959 file photo, members of the Kingston Trio, from left: Dave Guard, Bob Shane and Nick Reynolds are pictured in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Reynolds, a founding member of the Kingston Trio who jump-started the revival folk scene of the late 1950s and paved the way for artists such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, has died. He was 75. (AP Photo) ORG XMIT: NY125

The Phoenix resident, who retired in 2004 but performed occasionally until 2016, died of complications arising from pneumonia just days before his 86th birthday on Feb. 1, his wife, Bobbie Childress, tells USA TODAY. 

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The Kingston Trio is an American folk and pop music group that helped launch the folk revival of the late 1950s to late 1960s. The group started as a San Francisco Bay Area nightclub act with an

Bob Shane , the last survivng founding member of the legendary Kingston Trio , performs his solo version of Michael Peter Smith's Though Shane officially retired in 2004 from the group of which he was co-founder and remains sole owner, he still takes the stage on occasion with the current troupe to

Shane, Dave Guard and Nick Reynolds, who formed the musical group in the San Francisco Bay area in the 1950s, led a revival of the folk-music format with a series of chart-topping albums. At one point, the group had four albums simultaneously in the Top 10.

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The Kingston Trio won a Grammy for its chart-topping hit "Tom Dooley" at the first ceremony for the music awards in 1959, but it was for Country & Western Performance, because there was no folk category. At the next Grammys ceremony, the group won in the newly created folk category.

Bob Shane, John Stewart, Nick Reynolds posing for a photo in a suit and tie: Bob Shane, left, poses with fellow Kingston Trio members John Stewart and Nick Reynolds in Los Angeles in 1967. Stewart joined the group after the departure of original member Dave Guard. Shane died Sunday at 85. © AP Bob Shane, left, poses with fellow Kingston Trio members John Stewart and Nick Reynolds in Los Angeles in 1967. Stewart joined the group after the departure of original member Dave Guard. Shane died Sunday at 85.

Shane returned to the Grammys in 2011 when The Kingston Trio was honored with a lifetime achievement award. The other two original members, Guard and Reynolds, died in 1991 and 2008, respectively.  

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Robert Castle Schoen (February 1, 1934 – January 26, 2020), known professionally as Bob Shane , was an American singer and guitarist who was a founding member of The Kingston Trio .

Bob Shane of the original Kingston Trio performing one of his signature solos backed by members of his 1969-72 edition of the New Kingston Trio . After the original KT had disbanded in 1967, Shane experimented with solo work for a year and a half before creating a new group that he hoped

Childress says her husband, who played occasionally since his retirement with hand-picked members of a namesake group, loved the connection with his audiences.

"He always said he wasn’t a folk singer. He was a folks singer," she says. "He really loved entertaining" and The Kingston Trio's vibe was "just pure fun and entertainment. They made people feel good."

Although The Kingston Trio called on a variety of international musical styles, Shane's signature tune, "Scotch and Soda," was "very much a Frank Sinatra kind of song," says Childress, who was married to Shane for 19 years.

Shane was born Robert Schoen in Hilo, Hawaii, on Feb. 1, 1934. He later changed his last name to the phonetic spelling. He and Guard, his childhood friend from Hawaii, both went to college in the Bay area, Shane at Menlo College, where he met Reynolds, and Guard at Stanford.

Shane, who was previously married to Louise Shane, had five children and eight grandchildren.

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Bob Shane of the Kingston Trio performs a solo from the group 's tenth album "Close Up" (1961), which was the first to feature the song's composer John Stewart as a member of the group following the departure of Dave Guard.

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