Sunday, October 23, 2016

Eve of Destruction?

"Eve of Destruction" sung by Barry McGuire. Only Barry McGuire's gravely voice makes his version of this song better than all other versions. Released in 1965 it was the war protest song of the many that came out of the Vietnam era. McGuire was a folk singer in the group "The New Christy Minstrels" but this was a solo release by McGuire. P. F. Sloan wrote the song. The song is about irrational hate that begets irrational war. Many cite this song when they feel America is on the edge, like today. We survived then and we will survive now. WW II was much closer to the eve of destruction, but the words are prophetic. McGuire had many other hits in a long career. Check out his music.

1 comment:

Tom Harper said...

I loved "Eve of Destruction," never got tired of it no matter much it got played to death on the radio. PF Sloan wrote some great songs (he died not too long ago). He wrote the Turtles' "Let Me Be." It wasn't much of a hit -- it was their second single after "It Ain't Me Babe" -- but it was one of my favorite Turtles' songs.

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