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With an image of clean cut college kids, the Kingston Trio started out performing calypso songs in San Francisco nightclubs. They took "Tom Dooley" to number one on the charts. This legendary murder ballad from the 19th century gave them an unprecedented hit and started their lengthy career. The Trio recorded extensively for Capitol into the mid-60s and switched to Decca for a few years. They have recorded for various other labels as original member Bob Shane keeps a Kingston Trio group on the road.

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