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The Last Of The Trio

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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2020 4:47 pm

Bob Shane was very magnetic, entertaining, and an outgoing, nice guy. His partner, Coronado’s Nick Reynolds, would certainly acknowledge that Bob’s whole life was performing and he was the spiritual leader of the Kingston Trio.

One day in the summer of 1957 Bob held court all afternoon sitting on the sand just north of the Central Beach steps in Coronado. In my world he was still an unknown, but was obviously an excellent vocalist and guitarist and for me it was a virtuoso performance. Among the songs, he also played a pure guitar instrumental, “Sabre Dance.” I was impressed. He was a very entertaining master of repartee, a hallmark of later Trio performances.

As I remember, he and everybody else were sitting cross legged in the sand, (he may have been sitting in a low beach chair). Among the audience were my life long friend, Steve Lindsey, undoubtedly a few “beach rats,” and others whom I don’t remember. At least one of them was familiar with Bob’s repertoire much of which must later have become famous. That he was from Hawaii became common knowledge that day.

In 1999 Nick Reynolds invited me and a friend to the last performance of the Kingston Trio at the Crazy Horse Saloon in Santa Ana, California. We walked in the stage door and Shane (and Nick) was very welcoming with nice words and a big smile though he did not know me. Later that evening Nick introduced me to the audience as “ doctor….” The venue was very dark.

A true anecdote concerns Brian Lamb, in the 1960s a cub journalist and later of C Span fame. Ready and eager in Indiana with his tape recorder, he secured an interview with the Trio who were by then celebrities. It all went well, until after an hour or more, he realized that the apparatus was not turned on. No problem for Bob, Sympathetic to young Brian, they just repeated the entire recorded interview. These people were not self absorbed. Terrific guys.

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