Song of the Day: Barry McGuire – “Eve of Destruction”

This famous protest song sat top the Billboard Hot 100 this week (September 25) in 1965. Written by P.F. Sloan in 1964, this was McGuire’s only top 40 hit, a song that hit No. 1 despite the fact many radio stations wouldn’t play it. Sloan, influenced by Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, was only 19 at the time he wrote the song. Per Songfacts, Sloan once wrote on his web site, “The song contained a number of issues that were unbearable for me at the time. I wrote it as a prayer to God for an answer. I have felt it was a love song and written as a prayer because, to cure an ill you need to know what is sick. In my youthful zeal I hadn’t realized that this would be taken as an attack on The System!”

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