The Kingston Trio is an American folk and pop music group that helped launch the folk revival of the late 1950s to early 1960s.
The Kingston Trio was formed in 1957 in the Palo Alto, California, area by Dave Guard, Bob Shane, and Nick Reynolds, who were just out of college. Greatly influenced by The Weavers, the calypso sounds of Harry Belafonte, and other folk artists such as the Gateway Singers and the Tarriers,, they were discovered playing at a Menlo College-area club, the Cracked Pot, by Frank Werber, a publicist then working at the Hungry i. He became their manager, and secured them a one-shot recording contract with Capitol Records. Shane would later tell concert audiences that the group considered itself at first to be primarily a calypso group, and therefore named itself after the capital of Jamaica.