Nick Reynolds, Key Figure in Folk Music Boom, Dies at Age 75

Nick Reynolds, a founding member of the Kingston Trio, died Wednesday (Oct. 1) of complications from surgery at a Chula Vista, Calif., hospital. He was 75. Formed in the San Francisco area in 1957, the Kingston Trio’s smooth style and energetic performances helped bring folk music to mainstream America during the ’50s and ’60s. One of Capitol Records’ top-selling acts in 1960, the trio is best known for its 1958 hit recording of “Tom Dooley.” Reynolds, who played tenor guitar and bongos, left the Kingston Trio in 1967 and was involved in 1985 reunion with group co-founders Dave Guard and Bob Shane.