Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Nick Reynolds who passed away at the age of 75. Bob Shane, John Stewart, and Nick Reynolds are pictured here in a January 31, 1967 photo of the Kingston Trio. Nick was a founding member of the Kingston Trio that jump started the revival folk music scene of the late 1950s and paved the way for artists such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.
On January 20th, 2008 John Stewart of the Kingston Trio passed away. He was 68 years old. John became a well known figure in the 1960’s folk music revival as a member of the Kingston Trio.John recorded 13 albums as a member of The Kingston Trio, but his biggest success was “Daydream Believer,” a song he wrote but didn’t record. It was a number 1 hit for the Monkees in 1967 and went to number 12 for Anne Murray in 1980. John died a day after suffering a massive stroke or brain aneuysm.
The Kingston Trio web site announced that, “The world has lost one of its best men, but a man who lived well and made many people happy with his love, his wit, and his music!” (see link below)
Stewart joined The Kingston Trio in 1961, three years after the band released its verison of an old folk song, “Tom Dooley,” that went on to become a hit. Stewart replaced the band’s founder Dave Guard, who had left to pursue a new musical direction. After the band disbanded in 1967, Stewart went on to an acclaimed solo career that included recording more than 40 albums. John’s wife Buffy and children were at his side when he died. Memorial services, at this time, have not been announced.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to John’s family and friends. God bless!
On April 11th, 2007 an email was received from Norma Dale of San Rafael. Norma wrote, ” I was just a teenager in high school the first time I went to the Trident in Sausalito. There were four of us and we found a handbill that said the Moby Grape and the Buffalo Springfield would be performing at the Trident on Sunday. When we got there we were the only customers! This had to be early 1967. The boys I went with were members of an East Bay/Hayward band ,and after a while the groups drummer got up and began messing with the drums. Before the other musicians could pick up a guitar, members from Moby Grape and the Buffalo Springfield got up, and rather then let the boys touch their instruments said they would play together for us. We ended up dancing to the “Buffalo Grape” and took away some great memories.”
April 12th, 2007 the Marin Independent Journal published an article called “Those were the days (and nights) where IJ readers shared their Marin nightclub memories through the decades. IJ reporter Rick Polito reported that “Jazz and Folk shared the bill at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax. River City had all the bands right up the street. In Sausalito, it was the Trident!” The following quotes were taken from this article:
Bill Rude wrote, “The Trident in Sausalito was one of the premier and most beautiful jazz clubs in the Bay Area during the sixties. Owned by the Kingston Trio, it opened in the early 60s and closed for a major hip remodel in late 1968 for about a year (remodeling was slow as creative hip counterculture craftsman were hired) In the 70’s, I believe it was a hangout for rock musicians … while some little old ladies at lunch and tourist dined outside on the dock of the bay. Don’t think the music lasted too long into the 70’s, but I was gone by that time. It was a superb nightclub to work and listen to jazz.”
Terry Garthwaite wrote, “In the 60’s, there was the Trident in Sausalito with great jazz groups like the Gary Burton Trio and Jon Hendricks. Marin had great clubs with some of the world’s greatest musicians. We’re lucky!” Wasn’t Terry in the band Joy of Cooking?
Bruce R. Elliot wrote, “Heading north along Bridgeway in Sausalito, one could start at Sally Stanford’s Valhalla for some turn of the century architecture, food, and gifted piano playing. From there you could walk to the Trident and Ondine, the old Pacific Yacht Club building, which stretches out over the Bay. In the mid 60’s and 70’s, the Bay Area music scene ballooned in Marin County, and venues like the Trident hosted many bands like the Jefferson Airplane, the Moody Blues, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage. Many of Marin’s hip older people will have fond memories of the Trident. The interior of the existing restaurant, Horizon’s, looks almost exactly the same as it did in 1976.”
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