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CLASSIC LINEUP (1962-1964)

1961-1964; -present
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Randy Sparks

DIRECTOR, GUITAR, VOCALS, COMPOSER

The New Christy Minstrels (1962)

The New Christy Minstrels in Person (1963)

The New Christy Minstrels Tell Tall Tales! (Legends & Nonsense) (1963)

Ramblin' (1963)

Merry Christmas! (1963)

Today (1964)

Land of Giants (1964)

Live from Ledbetter's (1999)

Merry Christmas! Volume II: 42 Years Later (2005)

Recycled (What's Old Is New!) (2007)

Nice Time to Be Alive (2013)

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Since the group's founding in 1961, more than 300 musicians have performed as members of The New Christy Minstrels. At the height of their success from 1962-1964, the group's most consistent lineup included founder Randy Sparks with Barry McGuire, Nick Woods, Art Podell, Larry Ramos, Barry Kane, Clarence Treat, Jackie Miller, Gayle Caldwell, and Dolan Ellis, with Ann White, Karen Gunderson, and Gene Clark replacing the latter 3 before the remaining members of the classic lineup had fully departed the group by the end of 1965. (Photo by Dickie Davis)

1962-1965; 2007
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Barry McGuire

GUITAR, VOCALS, COMPOSER

The New Christy Minstrels in Person (1963)

The New Christy Minstrels Tell Tall Tales! (Legends & Nonsense) (1963)

Ramblin' (1963)

Merry Christmas! (1963)

Today (1964)

Land of Giants (1964)

The New Christy Minstrels Play Cowboys and Indians (1965)

Chim Chim Cher-ee (1965)

Live from Ledbetter's (1999)

Recycled (What's Old Is New!) (2007)

1962-1965
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Larry Ramos

GUITAR, VOCALS, COMPOSER

The New Christy Minstrels in Person (1963)

The New Christy Minstrels Tell Tall Tales! (Legends & Nonsense) (1963)

Ramblin' (1963)

Merry Christmas! (1963)

Today (1964)

Land of Giants (1964)

The New Christy Minstrels Play Cowboys and Indians (1965)

Chim Chim Cher-ee (1965)

The Wandering Minstrels (1965)

Live from Ledbetter's (1999)

1961-1964; 2007
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Jackie Miller

BANJO, PLECTRUM, VOCALS, COMPOSER

The New Christy Minstrels (1962)

The New Christy Minstrels in Person (1963)

The New Christy Minstrels Tell Tall Tales! (Legends & Nonsense) (1963)

Ramblin' (1963)

Merry Christmas! (1963)

Today (1964)

Land of Giants (1964)

Recycled (What's Old Is New!) (2007)

1963-1966
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Ann White

VOCALS

The New Christy Minstrels Play Cowboys and Indians (1965)

Chim Chim Cher-ee (1965)

The Wandering Minstrels (1965)

New Kick! (1966)

Christmas with the Christies (1966)

Live from Ledbetter's (1999)

1961-1965
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Nick Woods

GUITAR, VOCALS, COMPOSER

The New Christy Minstrels (1962)

The New Christy Minstrels in Person (1963)

The New Christy Minstrels Tell Tall Tales! (Legends & Nonsense) (1963)

Ramblin' (1963)

Merry Christmas! (1963)

Today (1964)

Land of Giants (1964)

The New Christy Minstrels Play Cowboys and Indians (1965)

Chim Chim Cher-ee (1965)

Live from Ledbetter's (1999)

1962-1965
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Barry Kane

VIOLIN, VOCALS, COMPOSER

The New Christy Minstrels in Person (1963)

The New Christy Minstrels Tell Tall Tales! (Legends & Nonsense) (1963)

Ramblin' (1963)

Merry Christmas! (1963)

Today (1964)

Land of Giants (1964)

The New Christy Minstrels Play Cowboys and Indians (1965)

Chim Chim Cher-ee (1965)

Live from Ledbetter's (1999)

1962-1964
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Gayle Caldwell

PERCUSSION, VOCALS

The New Christy Minstrels Tell Tall Tales! (Legends & Nonsense) (1963)

Ramblin' (1963)

Merry Christmas! (1963)

Today (1964)

Land of Giants (1964)

1964-1965
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Karen Gunderson

VOCALS

The New Christy Minstrels Play Cowboys and Indians (1965)

Chim Chim Cher-ee (1965)

The Wandering Minstrels (1965)

Live from Ledbetter's (1999)

1962-1965; 2007
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Art Podell

GUITAR, VOCALS, COMPOSER

The New Christy Minstrels (1962)

The New Christy Minstrels in Person (1963)

The New Christy Minstrels Tell Tall Tales! (Legends & Nonsense) (1963)

Ramblin' (1963)

Merry Christmas! (1963)

Today (1964)

Land of Giants (1964)

The New Christy Minstrels Play Cowboys and Indians (1965)

Chim Chim Cher-ee (1965)

The Wandering Minstrels (1965)

Live from Ledbetter's (1999)

Recycled (What's Old Is New!) (2007)

1962-1965; 2007
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Clarence Treat

MANDOLIN, BASS, VOCALS, COMPOSER

The New Christy Minstrels in Person (1963)

The New Christy Minstrels Tell Tall Tales! (Legends & Nonsense) (1963)

Ramblin' (1963)

Merry Christmas! (1963)

Today (1964)

Land of Giants (1964)

The New Christy Minstrels Play Cowboys and Indians (1965)

Chim Chim Cher-ee (1965)

Live from Ledbetter's (1999)

Recycled (What's Old Is New!) (2007)

1962-1963; 2006-2015
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Dolan Ellis

GUITAR, VOCALS

The New Christy Minstrels (1962)

The New Christy Minstrels in Person (1963)

The New Christy Minstrels Tell Tall Tales! (Legends & Nonsense) (1963)

Ramblin' (1963)

Merry Christmas! (1963)

Recycled (What's Old Is New!) (2007)

Nice Time to Be Alive (2013)

1963-1964
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Gene Clark

GUITAR, VOCALS

Today (1964)

Land of Giants (1964)

EARLY LINEUPS (1961-1963)

1962
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Peggy Connelly

VOCALS

The New Christy Minstrels (1962)

The New Christy Minstrels in Person (1963)

1961-1962
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Jerry Yester

GUITAR, BANJO, VOCALS

The New Christy Minstrels (1962)

1962
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Roger McGuinn

GUITAR, VOCALS

(live only)

 

ALSO: Dave Ellingson, Terry Tillman, Robbie Mills, Hal Ayotte, Charlie Oyama, Peter Apo, Dick Shirley, Billy Cudmore, Karol Dugin, John Forsha (1961), Terry Wadsworth, Baxter Taylor, Tracy Newman (1962), Doug Brookins, Susannah Sofaer, Mike Crowley, Paul Potash (1963)

"GREGAR" LINEUPS (1965-)

1965-1966
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Mike Whalen

GUITAR, VOCALS

Chim Chim Cher-ee (1965)

New Kick! (1966)

1966
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Kenny Rogers

GUITAR, VOCALS

New Kick! (1966)

1966
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Mike Settle

BANJO, VOCALS

New Kick! (1966)

Christmas with the Christies (1966)

1965-1966
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Bob Buchanan

GUITAR, VOCALS

Chim Chim Cher-ee (1965)

New Kick! (1966)

1966
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Kim Carnes

VOCALS

New Kick! (1966)

1966
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Terry Williams

GUITAR, VOCALS

New Kick! (1966)

1965
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Will Teague

GUITAR, VOCALS

Chim Chim Cher-ee (1965)

1966
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Kiyoko Ito

VOCALS

New Kick! (1966)

 

ALSO: Connie Holiday, Bill Skiles, Pete Henderson, Rusty Evans, Dennis Cosh (1965), Mike Settle, Ede Mae Kellogg, Michael McGinnis, Peter Morse, Terry Williams, Mark Holly, Monica Kirby, Sue Pack (1966), Joan Johnson, Dik Hitt, Gail DaCorsi, David Jackson, Keith Barbour, Buddy Bohn, Gil Reigers, Karen Black, Sue Austin, Jerry McCaskill, Thelma Lou Camacho, Marlene Silvers, Joe Travis, Mark Springer (1967), Ron Wells, Steven Edwards, Gary Boggs, Larry Gallagher, Fats Johnson, Rick Hansen, Ellen Whalen, Bill Heard, Randy Tallman, Bruce Bermudez, Andy Michlin, Anne Booth, John Tymon, Carol "Kim" Carmichael, Carol Kimzey, Rex Kramer, Joe Frank Carollo, Mayf Nutter (1968), Denny Johnston, Al Perkins, Gary Evan, Ramona Toney, Brian Cutler, Bryon Walls, Gary Fishbaugh, Pamela Bennett, Bill Reynolds, Gail Randall, Steve Sloan, Myles Williams, Sandy Hoyles, Dean Rutledge, Bill Zorn, Pete Zorn (1969), Susan Bender, Daniel "Igor" Glenn, Terry Meeuwsen, Tom Bahler, John Bahler, Steve Corcran, Jere Palmer, Terry Tiz, Jack Otterness (1970), Michael Umphrey, Steve Grimm, Linda Hart, John Hylton, Gaylan Taylor, Mike "Smiley" Timms, John Anthony, Christine Andreas, Keith Baker (1971), John Lamont Pulsipher, Peggy Thomas-Moyer-DeMars, Jim Ferguson, Roy Culbertson, Tara Leigh, Jan Alford, Judy Thompson, Joy Lober (1972), Jane Dunham, Leslie Herweg, Wendy Jacobs, Drew Daniels, Jim Flemming, Jonathon Johnson, Christopher Park, Minako Kobayashi, Vivian Wesson, Valorie Haggins, Mike Irwin, Rod Phillips, Mae Beth Cormany, Jim Juracic, Gerry David Bevan, Shirley Brown, Jim Andron, Robin Roth, Spike Jones Jr., Nancy, B. Paul Moore, Zee Williams, Debbie Shapiro, Lee Floyd (1973), Mary Easterling-Heitzinger, Ron Walz, Tom Clift, Loretta Glickman, Mike Alley, Leigh Reynolds, Scott Newell, Ike Egan (1974), Karen Sparka, Lolita Afifi, Tony Irvine, Michael Ball, Rick Araiza, Jan Jamieson, Clive Hughes, Tom Wall, Bill Klausman, Larry Bridges (1975), Ed Suski, Carolyn Porter (Porter Hansen), Kirk Jackson, Dennis Scott, Amy Castro Payuyo-Stinstrom, Jerry Begen, Glenn Koehr, Mary Ann Grayson, Paula Desmond (1976), Nanette Florian, Linda Little, William Florian, Mike Fuller, Roger McKay, Michael Manley Miller, Mark Elliot, Henry Iglesias, Ed Rathburn, John Brust, Patti Cohenour (1977) Debbie Rindy Sumerlin, Ron Morris, Alan Paul Lee, Marc Clement, Darlene Cease-McGrady, Tom Becker, Rebecca Hutten, Leslie Baldwin, Don Holst (1978), Jenny Mullen, Melody Liston, Denny Ferris, David Rankin (1979), David Moyer, Sonny Franks, Katrina Brown, Bruce Rathburn, Rob Wright (1980), Dee Melvin, Amy Carol Webb, Michael Andrews, Susan Palmer, Kathy Downey (1981), David "Pope" Firman, Susan Mitchell, Melody Clark, Paul Stierle, Martin Beardeux (1982), John Wierick, Valorie Sullivan, Curtis Coleman, Sally Davis, Billy Patrick, Tim Russ, Jerry Anderson, Yvonne Yanaganuma (1983), Stephanie Bennett (1984), Joe Scott, Tina Leisner, Kenny Clark, Chris Foote, Katie Leonard, Jon Michaels, Don Kreiger (1985), David Zink, Matt, Wayne Green, Jacque Dawn Tingey, Debra Linn Tingey, Cheryl Llewyn (Arianna Storm), Joseph Julian Gonzalez, Dion Pride, Joe Ramirez, Terry Temple, Gabriella Deleuze Ducasa, Linda Lawrence Paul, David Duncan, Jeffrey Charles, Kelly Miller, Chris Ward, Tom Ryan, Hollis Payseur, Steve Goodyear, David Brock, Lisa Coble, Putnam Lee, Anne Allgood, Steve Gotteman, Leigh Russell, Joel Thompson, David Sheridan (1986), Alicia Irving, Jeanne Carr, Kristen Jepperson, Nick Simms (1987), Daniel Leanse (1988), Bob Snow, Oliver C. Brown, Ralph MacFarland, Martha Sandefer, Kelly Spellman (1989), Michelle Laybourne, Elyssa Morris (1990), David Salazar, Terry Talbor (1992), Russ Giguerre (1994)

REVIVAL LINEUPS (1997-present)

1997-present
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Becky Jo Benson

ACCORDION, VOCALS

Merry Christmas! Volume II: 42 Years Later (2005)

Recycled (What's Old Is New!) (2007)

Nice Time to Be Alive (2013)

2009-present
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Dave Deutschendorf

VOCALS

Nice Time to Be Alive (2013)

2015-present
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Ed Stockton

6- AND 12-STRING GUITAR, VOCALS

(live only)

1997-present
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Dave Rainwater

FIDDLE, MANDOLIN, VOCALS

Merry Christmas! Volume II: 42 Years Later (2005)

Nice Time to Be Alive (2013)

2010-present
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Greg O'Haver

6- AND 12-STRING GUITAR, BANJO, VOCALS

Nice Time to Be Alive (2013)

2018
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Julianne Theroux

GUITAR, VOCALS

(live only)

2004-2016
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Jennifer Lind

GUITAR, VOCALS

Merry Christmas! Volume II: 42 Years Later (2005)

Nice Time to Be Alive (2013)

2015-2021
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Tholow Chan

GUITAR, BASS, VOCALS

(live only)

2004-2018
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Vecca

SHOWDOG

 

ALSO: Ed Rienhardt, Lowell Daniels, Jackie Miller (II) (1997), Eddie Boggs, Lori Brandon, Chris Miller, Kris Osward (1998), Jeff Jacobs, Darryl Effinger (2002), Ron Wilburne, Fred Jonhansen, Ted Williamson (2003), Chuck Cole, Art Morgan, Todd Hallawell, John Doan (2004), Bill Boycott (2005), Rick Hill (2008), Karen Nickles (2010), Bunny Sings Wolf (2015), Sue Harris (2016-2018), Chris Cope (2019)

The New Christy Minstrels — Classic 1960s Folk Music

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