BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #149: “TURN! TURN! TURN![ TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON}- THE BYRDS- DECEMBER 4, 1965

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Billboard #1 Hits: #149: “Turn! Turn! Turn! [ To Everything There Is A Season}- The Byrds- December 4, 1965. #1 for 3 weeks.

  • Single: “Turn! Turn! Turn! {To Everything There Is A Season}
  • Record Company- Columbia
  • Genre- Folk Rock
  • Written by Pete Seeger with words from the Book Of Ecclesiastes
  • Time: 3:49
  • B-side: “She Don’t Care About Time”
  • Album-Turn! Turn! Turn!
  • Grade A-
  • Peaked at #1 3 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. #26 on UK Singles Chart.

The original version of “Turn! Turn! Turn!” was by Pete Seeger and was recorded by Seeger in 1959.  Except for the title the lines came from first eight verses of the third chapter of the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes. The folk group The Limeliters in 1962 and Seeger released his version a few months later. It wasn’t until it got into the hands of The Byrds that it became a big hit. Earlier in the year The Byrds turned Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man”- electric and went to #1- and they had their second #1 with “Turn! Turn! Turn!” The credit for turning this song into a folk rock song goes to Jim McGuinn The Byrds lead guitarist. The key to the singles success is McGuinn’s jangling twelve string Rickenbacker guitar and the vocal harmonies. Pete Seeger even approved. This song seems to be always included on those retrospectives of the 1960’s- with its call for peace in the era of the Vietnam War. It was also included on the soundtrack of the Ken Burns documentary series The Vietnam War.

6 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #149: “TURN! TURN! TURN![ TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON}- THE BYRDS- DECEMBER 4, 1965

  1. Thanks, Hans. Great, great song. Young Jim McGuinn had arranged “Turn! Turn! Turn!” for Judy Collins for her 1963 album, “Judy Collins 3.” In her 2017 book, “In the Wings: My Life with Roger McGuinn and The Byrds,” Ianthe McGuinn aka Dolores Tickner claims she was the one who suggested to to her then-husband that the Byrds record the song. The Byrds’ manager, Jim Dickson, was dead set against them doing it, but Columbia producer, Terry Melcher, encouraged McGuinn and the others to record it.

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