Oral History Information
Bob Shane was among the most influential performers of the folk music boom of the late 1950s and 60s. As an original member of the Kingston Trio, Bob was at the cornerstone of the American folk explosion that helped define a generation and inspired millions to make music by picking up a guitar or banjo and singing along. The three friends from college began playing and recording together in the late 1950s and their first hit, “Tom Dooley” went to number one on the pop charts in 1958. Other hits followed including “Greenback Dollar,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” as well as “Scotch and Soda.” The Kingston Trio’s sound influenced the likes of Peter, Paul and Mary, Gram Parsons, the Eagles and Bob Dylan.