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A rich history of The Kingston Trio, from 1957 to the present.
Bob Shane
Phoenix, Arizona
United States
1 Team Member


Want to help us preserve musical history? The Complete Kingston Trio is a documentary film that will span the entire story of The Kingston Trio from 1957 to the present, starring The Kingston Trio and all the Players, for all 56 years of The Kingston Trio’s existence.
The documentary script will be brilliantly crafted by Bill Bush, foremost Kingston Trio historian, author of The Kingston Trio’s biography “Greenback Dollar,” and writer of all the significant liner notes from all the significant Kingston Trio recordings.
Porcupine Productions will shoot and edit the documentary. They have been producing high quality audio and video projects for major artists for 20 years, and their previous long term relationship with The Kingston Trio is a perfect match.

Dave Zorn, former broadcaster for a large Los Angeles news station, and brother of current Kingston Trio member Bill Zorn, will narrate the documentary with aplomb.

Also included in The Complete Kingston Trio Documentary will be years of footage of The Kingston Trio Fantasy Camp, started in 2000 by John Stewart and Nick Reynolds, and continued in 2009 by Bob Shane. Expect many clips of talent and hilarity.

Our mission is to tell the story, and preserve it for generations to come.  With your help we can make it happen in a big way. Since Bob Shane is now the only original surviving member of The Kingston Trio, this rich history needs to be documented before it’s lost forever.

Dave Guard, Bob Shane & Nick Reynolds on beach in Hawaii, circa 1960


The Kingston Trio is one of the most important musical groups of the 20th Century. Without the influence of The Kingston trio, there would not have been the opportunity for such artists as Bob Dylan, ABBA, Peter, Paul & Mary, Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles, since these artists and others credit The Kingston Trio with either directly influencing them to become musicians or for opening the doors that permitted their success.

The Kingston Trio is also credited with starting the folk movement of the 1960s. Formed in 1957, The Kingston Trio has survived the changes in music trends by maintaining the close harmonies that are the group's trademark. Using only acoustic guitars and banjos, and singing simple yet memorable melodies, The Kingston Trio revolutionized American popular music, reawakening America to its own rich folk music heritage.

Over the years, The Kingston Trio has recorded over 30 albums and won Grammys for two of them. One for Best Country & Western Performance, and one for Best Folk Presentation of the Year.

The latest honor bestowed upon the Kingston Trio is a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement, presented to the group on February 12th, 2011. Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy President/CEO stated, "It is a great honor to recognize and celebrate such a distinguished and dynamic group of honorees who have been the creators of such timeless art. These influential performers and brilliant innovators have been of great inspiration to our culture and industry. Their legendary work has left a lasting impression and will continue to influence generations to come.”

Although the members of the Kingston Trio have changed over the years, the group has remained faithful to its sound and audiences. George Grove is completing his 36th year as a member of The Kingston Trio, having joined the group in 1976. Bill Zorn was a member of the New Kingston Trio from 1972-1976 and returned in 2004 to take Bob Shane's place when Bob retired, and tenor Rick Dougherty joined the Trio in 2005 after 15 years replacing Glenn Yarbrough in The Limeliters.

The Trio that you enjoy today is the continuation of a 56-year entertainment legacy. George, Bill & Rick continue to tour thirty weeks per year and perform original Kingston Trio arrangements to an increasing number of new fans. 

After every Kingston Trio performance the audience exits with the same comment: “They were wonderful and even better than I hoped they would be!”

George Grove, Bill Zorn & Rick Dougherty - The Kingston Trio

What Are We Going To Do With the Money?

This project is a labor of love and it’s going to cost a lot of money, probably more than our Indiegogo goal. We’ve got to capture many, many interviews and that’s going to involve a lot of traveling around and flying people in and putting them up. We’re hoping to get interviews from everyone still around who credits the Kingston Trio with getting them started, and believe it, the list is very, very long.

There are also all the production costs, such as studio time, editing, manufacturing, artwork and recording costs. We’ll also need to pay for use of many film clips and obtain sync licenses for those clips.

We’ll need to pay for the script and the narration, and there will be other costs to the players involved as well. And additional costs for some of the perks we are offering.

We’ve set up incentives and other cool stuff to offer as perks. Bob Shane decided to part with quite a bit of his memorabilia to help fund this documentary. We really want you to join us in this preservation of The Kingston Trio's incredible history!

The production of this documentary will be stellar in every way. It will be so good, the History Channel, PBS, and A & E are going to want it!

If you can’t contribute, there are other ways you can help. Get the word out! Use your Facebook and Twitter, and tell your friends.  Let’s do it!

To See Perk Images Visit: http://www.kingstontrio.com/html/indiegogo_perks.html

Kingston Trio Sings For 7up


Nick Reynolds, Dave Guard, George  Burns, Bob Shane


Dave Guard, Nick Reynolds, Steve Lawrence, Juliet Prouse, Perry Como


Kingston Trio With Mercury Astronauts


Bob Shane, John Stewart and Nick Reynolds in front of Hungry i Nightclub


John Stewart, Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds


Dave Guard, Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds in clowning around in Kingston, RI


Bill Zorn, Stan Kaess, Bob Shane, Roger Gambill


Bob Shane and Nick Reynolds at Tom Dula's Grave


George Grove, Bill Zorn, Rick Dougherty


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  • $5USD
    Autographed Photo

    Hand Signed 8 x 10 Color Photo of The Kingston Trio.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $10USD
    Autographed Photo

    Hand Signed 8 x 10 Color Photo of Bob Shane.

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $20USD
    A Meetin' Here Tonight DVD

    Previously unreleased DVD Performance of The Kingston Trio, Limeliters, and Glen Yarborough, recorded in 1981 and only released at that time on laser disk.

    15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $20USD
    Good Time Reunion

    Previously unreleased DVD Performance of The Kingston Trio, Limeliters, and Glen Yarborough, recorded in 1982 - filmed at Devil's Lake.

    19 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $20USD
    Kingston Trio Pin

    A very cool lapel pin, with 3 instruments and "The Kingston Trio" written underneath. Not offered to the public yet - yours for a $20 donation. For picture type link below into a new browser window and see Perk Image #15 kingstontrio.com/html/indiegogo_perks.html

    2 out of 60 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $20USD
    Documentary T-Shirt

    A really groovy documentary t-shirt featuring the The Kingston Trio Complete documentary cover art on the front.

    28 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $20USD
    Baseball Cap

    An adjustable two-toned baseball cap featuring the Kingston Trio Complete documentary cover art on the front.

    10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $25USD
    Guitar Pick

    Special pick made up by the Martin Guitar Company to commemorate the Kingston Trio 40th Anniversary Martin set. For picture type link below into a new browser window and see Perk Image #18 kingstontrio.com/html/indiegogo_perks.html

    2 out of 60 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $30USD
    Documentary DVD

    A First Edition DVD of The Complete Kingston Trio Documentary when it is released. Hand-signed by Bob Shane, George Grove, Bill Zorn, and Rick Dougherty.

    56 claimed
  • $30USD
    Hand-Signed Letter

    Bob Shane will send you a hand-signed letter of thanks and gratitude on his personal letterhead stationary.

    8 claimed
  • $35USD
    Contributor's Credit

    Our eternal gratitude and a thank-you credit on the documentary DVD's printed insert.

    4 claimed
  • $75USD
    Benefactor's Credit

    Our eternal gratitude and a listing credit on the documentary DVD's credit roll.

    21 claimed

    Bob Shane Show Shirt

    Bob Shane Nat Nast Show Shirt Worn in the 2000s. Size XL. Comes with a letter of authenticity by Bob Shane. For picture type link below into a new browser window and see Perk Image #4 kingstontrio.com/html/indiegogo_perks.html

    1 out of 1 claimed
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  • $2,000USD
    We'll Record Your Song

    Send us your original song and we'll record it for you, and include it on a CD we will release. You're welcome to come hang out at the recording studio with us. You can even add some of your vocals, guitar and/or banjo licks to the song in studio. Also included is a photo shoot with you and the guys, plus full writer's and publisher's credit.

    4 out of 12 claimed
  • $10,000USD
    Australian Gold Record

    Presented to the Kingston Trio in in 1961 for surpassing 63,986 in sales for the song "Tom Dooley." (Equivalent to 1,000,000 sales US). Only 3 were made. Dave Guard donated his to the Univ. of Wisconsin, Nick Reynolds lost his. This is the only one on the planet to be had. For picture type link below into a new browser window and see Perk Image #16 kingstontrio.com/html/indiegogo_perks.html

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    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $10,000USD
    Executive Producer

    See & provide feedback on early interviews & footage via private link, including any bloopers not released with the final cut-ongoing until the DVD is finalized. Be part of the production team! We WILL take your input seriously! Credit on DVD artwork and credit roll (of course!) 5 each: KT Documentary, latest CD by The KT when released, Documentary t- shirts, Documentary baseball caps. 5 tickets & VIP passes to a concert near you.

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  • $11,000USD
    Big Kahuna

    A concert just for you!! The Kingston Trio will come to your location (within the Continental US) and play a two hour concert for your special event. We'll take care of getting there - you take care of our sound requirements (nominal). If we're already booked on your day, you pick the next best day.

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