Stan Wilson (folk musician)

Stan Wilson (born May 2, 1922 – June 8, 2005), was an American singer and guitarist.[1] He is best known for his early performances in the San Francisco folk scene and for his association with The Kingston Trio. The Trio recorded two of his songs, "Jane, Jane, Jane" and "Rolling Stone".[2] Critic Ralph J. Gleason wrote that Wilson "helped make the beginnings of the folk music invasion."[3]

Stan Wilson
Born(1922-05-02)May 2, 1922
OriginOakland, California, U.S.
DiedJune 8, 2005(2005-06-08) (aged 83)
Berkeley, California
GenresFolk, calypso
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
LabelsVerve, Clef, Cavalier, Fantasy
Associated actsThe Kingston Trio

Wilson recorded more than seven albums and was the first entertainer to play the hungry i club. He appeared there for six nights a week for more than three years.[3]

Wilson died in 2005 of heart disease.[1] Married to Tamar Hodel they had a daughter, Deborah Elizabeth.


  • 1954: Unique Song Stylist (Cavalier)
  • 1954 Leisure Time (Cavalier)
  • 1955: Wanderin' With Stan Wilson (Cavalier)
  • 1954: An Evening with Stan Wilson (Clef)
  • 1955: Stan Wilson Recital (Clef)
  • 1956: Ballads and Calypso (Verve)
  • 1957: Folk Songs (Verve)
  • 1957: Calypso (Verve)
  • 1958: At The Ash Grove (Verve)
  • 1960: The Original Jazz Score from Shotgun (Mercury)
  • 1960: Leisure Time with Stan Wilson (Verve) reissue of 1954 album with additional songs
  • 1960: Stan Wilson (Verve)
  • 1962: Stan Wilson Goes to College (Fantasy)
  • 1963: Stan Wilson at the hungry i (Fantasy) un-released


  1. ^ a b Bender, Kristin (June 11, 2005). "Stan Wilson, wrote songs for Kingston Trio, dies". Oakland Tribune. Oakland, CA.
  2. ^ Lawless, Ray M. (1965). Folksingers and Folksongs in America. New York: Sloan and Pearce. p. 25.
  3. ^ a b Selvin, Joel (June 11, 2005). "Stan Wilson – singer made folk accessible". San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco, CA.