Barry McGuire: Eve Of Destruction


Not one of my favourites but others felt differently and it got to No 1 in the States and No 3 in Britain in 1965. This was probably because it was banned by some American radio station as ‘an aid to the enemy in Vietnam’ and placed on a ‘restricted list’ by the BBC, so that it could not be played on ‘general entertainment’ programmes. The clincher was being banned by Radio Scotland. It was written by P F Sloan in mid-1964.

It was also recorded by the Turtles for their 1965 debut album It Ain’t Me Babe. When it was released as a single in 1970 it scraped into the US charts at 100. I am surprised it did that well.

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