Billboard Top 40 Singles 1971: ‘ Battle Hymn Of Lt. Calley’- C Company Featuring Terry Nelson. April 24, 1971.
- Single: ‘Battle Hymn Of Lt. Calley’- C. Company Featuring Terry Nelson
- Record Company- Plantation
- Genre: Spoken Word
- Written by Julian Wilson and James M. Smith
- Time: 3:27
- B-side:’Routine Patrol’
- Grade: F
- Peaked at #37 4 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
My friend Franz and I are the same age and we’ve known each other since first grade. We recently had a discussion on Lt. Calley and he was telling me how he was back in the early 1970’s clearly in the corner of Lt. Calley- and he realizes now he was clearly on the wrong side of history- that Calley was no hero. He was ten years old at the time. I think he can be given a pass. This song written to the tune of The Battle Hymn of The Republic-offers up an heroic view of Lt. Calley- who in March of 1971 was convicted of murdering Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam in 1968. As far as this ‘song’ goes- embarrassing. Needless to say this was the only Top 40 hit by C Company featuring Terry Nelson.