It was a tragedy when Guard left the Kingston Trio, at least for him personally - one of the dumbest moves in the history of show business. But for the other two guys, John Stewart was like a shot in the arm, which revitalized their careers: after being browbeaten by an intellectual snob, they were having fun again, and drawing energy from an incredibly talented young man who gradually took Guardís place as the de facto leader of the group. Witness the fact that the Trio didnít have a Billboard Top 40 hit in 1961, Guardís last year, then exploded back onto the charts with multiple monster hits. Whether Guard could have reinvented the Trio and staved off their decline is open to question, although I have my doubts.
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