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Re: Back In Town Cover shot
Joe, I loaned my Greenback Dollar book to a friend of mine who is a big Kingston Trio fan but too cheap to buy the book! :>)
Besides, I only read a few chapters which did not involve the Decca deal. Billboard mag mentioned something about Decca's $1 mil signing bonus to the KT.
But why don't you believe Nick's story about Capitol Records offering the KT a 1% raise?
Peter, the notion of a 1% raise seems to come from the Nick Reynolds' interview in KTOR, and is pretty vague and long after the fact. I don't think we can take it as gospel.
It would be interesting if someone could dig up the article from Variety announcing the label switch and the terms of the Trio's deal. That would probably answer a lot of our questions. Does the "Greenback Dollar" book go into detail on the Decca deal?
Capitol Records offered The Kingston Trio a 1% raise, probably hoping they'd refuse and move on. NBJ were insulted but still honored their contract for one more album. Along came "Back In Town", originally entitled: "The Kingston Trio Returns To The Hungry I". I don't know the reason for this change.
Money talks! Decca Records offered The Kingston Trio a one million dollars signing bonus. The rest is history.
As for Frank Werber, I guess he wanted to be another Voyle Gilmore. He wasn't! :>(
Capitol Records did not dump The Kingston Trio, but a 1% raise has to be considered mean spirited and insulting. For $1,000,000 who could blame NBJ signing with Decca?