BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #144: ‘EVE OF DESTRUCTION”- BARRY MCGUIRE- SEPTEMBER 25, 1965

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Billboard #1 Hits: #144: “Eve Of Destruction”- Barry McGuire- September 25, 1965. #1 for 1 week.

  • Single: “Eve Of Destruction”- Barry McGuire
  • Record Company- Dunhill
  • Genre: Folk Rock
  • Written by P.F. Sloan
  • Time: 3:35
  • B-side: “What’s Exactly The Matter With Me”
  • Album- Eve Of Destruction
  • Grade: B-
  • Peaked at #1 for 1 week on the Billboard Hot 100. #3 on UK Singles Chart- #1 in Canada.

“Eve Of Destruction” was a protest song written by folk singer P.F. Sloan in late  1964- this was around the time President Johnson was labeling his opponent in the 1964 Presidential Election Barry Goldwater- a madman who would destroy the world- remember the little girl and the daisy commercial? The song was presented to the Byrds but they rejected it- The Turtles recorded it and it came out as a single around the same time as McGuire’s version and only went to #100. McGuire did have the best of musicians playing on his song- The Wrecking Crew- which included drummer Hal Blaine. It seems like he played on half the #1 hits of 1965. Barry McGuire would be a one hit wonder-this was his only Top 40 hit. He would later be a singer-songwriter of contemporary Christian music. He is still living-at 84.

 

5 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #144: ‘EVE OF DESTRUCTION”- BARRY MCGUIRE- SEPTEMBER 25, 1965

  1. Just a little trivia regarding Barry McGuire: He also co-wrote and sang lead on the popular song, “Green, Green” (1963) for the New Christy Minstrels. Future Byrd, Gene Clark, was a member of the NCM when “Green, Green” was recorded.

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