He had a No.1 hit in 1965 with “Eve Of Destruction”
Folk-Protest singer Barry McGuire turns 84 today
Barry McGuire was born on October 15th, 1935 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. McGuire is best known as the original singer of the song “Eve Of Destruction”, a classic 1960’s a folk-protest song written by P.F Sloan (in which the lyrics remain contemporary and relevant to this day), that reached No.1 on the Hot 100 in 1965 knocking The Beatles “Help”! from the top of the charts. An active voice and songwriter on the folk and protest music scene during the 1960’s, McGuire is mentioned several times in The Mamas & the Papas hit, “Creeque Alley” that talks about the music scene in New York. During the 1970’s he became a became a born-again Christian and start to composing his music based on his religion influences. McGuire never had a Top 40 chart hit again, and he became a sort of one hit wonder from the 1960’s. In recent years McGuire teamed up with former member of the Byrds, John York, for a live tour called “Trippin’ the ’60s” where they perform classics from that era. Today he turns 84.
Watch Barry McGuire performing “Eve Of Destruction” on Hullabaloo in 1965
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