"Gentleman" and "George Grove" ought to be synonyms in the Oxford English Dictionary . After all he was put through....a respnse of intelligence, candor, and grace.
We all, individually and collectively, contemplate the loss of Bob Shane yesterday. We all remember his enormous personality and talent and his influence on American musical history as a founding member of The Kingston Trio. No other musicians beside Bob, Nick and Dave could say their first 5 studio albums achieved #1 chart status. During their first years of recording, The Kingston Trio was responsible for 15% of Capitol Records total sales. An impressive record.
I certainly remember all of the years, all of the music, all of the parties, all of the traveling, all of the stories. I remember the day I auditioned for Bob in 1976. It was in Roger Gambillís home, and we played some music, ate some great BBQ, had a few drinksÖ.and then had a few more. We laughed, told stories, got to know each other, and became ďa group.Ē For almost ten years we laughed, told stories, had a few drinks and played some music. When Roger died, Bob and I grew closer, talked about how to move forward, and chose another friend and musician - Bobby Haworth - to join in. In 1988 Nick Reynolds joined in on the traveling party, and for eleven years I had a front row seat to their special and long-lasting friendship. In 2003, Bill Zorn, Rick Dougherty and I continued Bobís legacy (and Nickís, Daveís & Johnís) and our friendship with him. Shane was a true Road Warrior with forty-seven years of Hard Traveling. He encouraged the new music that we brought to the show, but he was ever-insistent that we guard the legacy of The Kingston Trio. Bob was a great caretaker of that legacy. Iím grateful to Bob for my forty-one year ride of sharing the music with fans and, more intimately, with the friends above who believed in Bobís vision for that music.
But letís not forget that there are those who mourn his loss in a more private way. Bob was their father, their brother, their husband, their friend. His voice musically encouraged us all to sing. That voice is now a grand memory which will continue through all of those wonderful recordings.
Fondly, George Grove