Chart Position: 1

  • Originally recorded by Turtles (1965)
  • Written by P.F. Sloan
  • Instruments: Wrecking Crew
  • Produced by Lou Adler, Steve Barri and P.F. Sloan
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • This was an anti-Vietnam war anthem
  • Barry McGuire is a former member of New Christy Minstrels and has acted in several films including The President’s Analyst (1967)
  • McGuire’s vocal was only intended to be a rough take but the recording got into the hands of an LA DJ and the ensuing popular demand prompted the record label to issue the single without a more polished vocal
  • McGuire read the lyrics off of a piece of paper
  • Barry McGuire later became a contemporary Christian performer; he includes this song in concert but with updated lyrics
  • This is Barry McGuire’s only #1 single
  • Later recorded by Jan and Dean (1965), Grass Roots (1966), Dickies (1978) and Screaming Jets (1997)

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