BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #326: “BILLY, DON’T BE A HERO”- BO DONALDSON &THE HEYWOODS – JUNE 15, 1974

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Billboard #1 Hits: #326: “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero”- Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods.- June 15, 1974. #1 2 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single” Billy, Don’t Be A Hero”- Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
  • Record Company- ABC
  • Genre: Pop
  • Written by Peter Callander and Mitch Murray
  • Time: 3:25
  • B-side: “Don’t Ever Look Back”
  • Album- Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
  • Grade: D
  • Peaked at #1 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

“Billy, Don’t Be A Hero” was first a hit in the UK by Paper Lace { Remembered for their great sensational “The Night Chicago Died”}- in America it was taken to the top by Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods a pop group out of Cincinnati. Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods do not fall into the one hit wonder category- more of a one year wonder- after “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero”- they had 2 more Top 40 hits in 1974- and that was all she wrote. I always hated this song. My memory of it is during that summer of 1974 this kid on my baseball team named Billy- was tortured by it by the rest of the team.

4 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #326: “BILLY, DON’T BE A HERO”- BO DONALDSON &THE HEYWOODS – JUNE 15, 1974

  1. A strange song in the era of ” songs should tell a story.” Right up there with ” The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia.” Still better than the crap in today’s top 40.

  2. I actually like it but more for nostalgia than quality. Loved it when I was about 7 or 8. Same songwriters as ‘The Night Chicago Died’ by the way.

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