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The Kingston Trio, Photoshop & Me

February 16, 2021

And now for something completely different, as Monty the Python would say…blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

This post is about the dangers of making a casual remark.blank vertical space, 16 pixels highblank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Ever hear of the Kingston Trio? They were the Beatles of their day. They played folk music, however, not rock.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Their recording of “Tom Dooley” hit #1 and sold over six million copies. It put them on the cover of Life magazine.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Front to back: Nick Reynolds, Bob Shane, Dave Guard.blank vertical space, 16 pixels highblank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Life Magazine cover for August 3, 1959 showing The Kingston Trio who had just become famous for their song Tom Dooley

blank vertical space, 24 pixels highblank vertical space, 16 pixels highThey were a little before my time, but I discovered them
later and became a big fan. I have most of their albums.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

One day I happened to tell a friend of mine, “I like the Kingston Trio.”blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Not long after, I received this in my inbox:blank vertical space, 16 pixels highblank vertical space, 24 pixels highParody of Life Magazine cover with Kingston Trio illustrator Mark Armstrong added as member of group name changed to Kingston Quattro

blank vertical space, 24 pixels highblank vertical space, 16 pixels highIs that really me?? Hmm. I did own some big round glasses once, and I do have a mustache… Well, judge for yourself using this handy Mark Armstrong Identi-Kit.blank vertical space, 16 pixels highblank vertical space, 24 pixels highComposite photo 6 photos of Mark Armstrong illustrator from baby picture to present day

blank vertical space, 24 pixels highblank vertical space, 16 pixels highMy friend, whose name is Dave Beffa, is a Photoshop whiz.
I can see where he cloned Bob Shane’s hair to make mine. What’s funny about that is that it gives me a passing resemblance to John Stewart.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Who’s John Stewart? He replaced Dave Guard in the Trio in 1961. So in a sense, there really was a “Kingston Quattro” during their “big name” period, 1958-67. Here’s the second lineup.blank vertical space, 32 pixels highKingston Trio folk group circa early 1960's with members John Stewart Nick Reynolds Bob Shane

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If you’re not familiar with the Kingston Trio, here are a couple of my favorite tracks:blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

A Worried Man, an infectious toe-tapper by the original lineup (Guard-Shane-Reynolds), and a beautiful ballad
called Where Are You Going Little Boy, written by Stewart
and performed by Shane-Reynolds-Stewart.blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

 

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About Mark: I’m an illustrator specializing in humor, editorial, branding, social media, and content marketing.
My images are different, like your brand needs to be.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

You can view my portfolio, and connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Questions? Send me an email.blank vertical space, 40 pixels highRecommendation testimonial for Mark Armstrong Illustration from Sharon Scott editor national weekly edition Washington Post

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