BILLBOARD TOP 40 SINGLES 1971: ‘BATTLE HYMN OF LT. CALLEY’- C COMPANY FEATURING TERRY NELSON

Battle Hymn of Lt. Calley / Routine Patrol [45 rpm]

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’
  • Album-
  • 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.

3 responses to “BILLBOARD TOP 40 SINGLES 1971: ‘BATTLE HYMN OF LT. CALLEY’- C COMPANY FEATURING TERRY NELSON

    • i think the trial was over by this point. I think all that was to be known was out by that point- but there are those who are never convinced of anything- that they don’t want to be convinced of.

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