Like many hit songs BARRY McGUIRE's #1Hit in 1965, benefited from a mistake. It was written by P.F. Sloan, an L.A. guitarist, and he wrangled some of his friends and peers, Hal Blaine on drums, and Larry Knechtel on bass to cut the track. The BYRDS had rejected the tune so P.F. cut a great track and added a 'scratch' vocal, a rough first recording done by McGuire who said he had the lyrics on a crumpled up piece of paper. The plan was to come back, probably with a better known singer, and complete the record.
The story is that someone 'leaked' the demo to an L.A. Deejay who played it to instant response. It took Dunhill Records a minute to react, but they jumped on it pretty quickly. The Eve of Destruction hit #1 in September of 1965 having perfectly caught the vibe of the time, with the War in Vietnam heating up and protests spreading on the nation's university campuses. @therealdonrocks
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