410. The Kingston Trio

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With many entries on this list, we spoke about how without them many other artists may not have existed. The Kingston Trio partially falls into that category, for while they may not have been the direct inspiration for Bob Dylan and such; their success showed record companies that Folk Rock could be commercially viable.

It couldn’t have been easy. If you try to name a successful Folk group before the Kingston Trio, chances are you will struggle to come up with one. The Kingston Trio was not only the first real successful Folk group; they created a demand that never existed. While Rock was booming, those who felt disenchanted with the new genre found Folk both fresh and traditional at the same time. Because they were not as politicized as the Folk stars who came later, the Kingston Trio may not have received the credit that they should have, but they had the respect of many musicians and could be responsible for catapulting the acoustic revolution as much as anyone.





The Bullet Points:


Eligible Since:



Country of Origin:

U.S.A. (Palo Alto, CA)


Nominated In:



Why They Will Get In:

They opened up massive doors that other Folk artists crashed through.


Why They Won’t Get In:

They were not as respected critically as other Folk groups.


Essential Albums:

The Kingston Trio (1958)

At Large (1959)

Here We Go Again! (1959)

Sold Out (1960)


Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:

Tom Dooley (From The Kingston Trio, 1958)

Scotch and Soda (From The Kingston Trio, 1958)

All My Sorrows (From At Large, 1959)

Across the Wide Missouri (From Here We Go Again!, 1959)

Raspberries, Strawberries (From Sold Out, 1960)



Should The Kingston Trio be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 52.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 14.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 28.6%
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