281. The Kingston Trio

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,…
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