1969 Song of the Day- “Get Together” by The Youngbloods. I had always figured that “Get Together” was a song written by The Youngbloods- but it was actually written earlier in the 1960’s by songwriter Chet Powers and originally recorded in 1964 by The Kingston Trio on their Back In Town album as “Let’s Get Together” . The Kingston Trio never released it as a single. David Crosby before joining The Byrds recorded it soon after The Kingston Trio. The first version to to make the charts as a single was in 1965 by We Five- also as “Let’s Get Together”- it would peak at #31 on the Hot 100. The Mitchell Trio had a go of it with the song- sung by band member John Denver. In 1966 Jefferson Airplane on their debut album recorded it. The Youngbloods then did their version in 1967 and it was only a minor hit peaking at #62. That wouldn’t be the end of the story though. The Youngbloods version of the song got renewed interest when it was used in a radio public service announcement by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. The Youngbloods re-released the single and it shot up to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969. It would be the only hit The Youngbloods ever had. Get Together is certainly one of the most recognizable songs from the year 1969.
Following the attacks on September 11, 2001- Clear Channel Communications listed Get Together as one of the lyrically questionable songs- and sent it to their 1200 radio stations. Yes- we don’t want you playing playing a song that speaks of an appeal for peace, love and understanding. Let’s ban it! “C’mon people now smile on your brother Everybody get together try to love one another right now”- in a time of Kill Kill Kill- we can’t have folks hearing this stuff!