Only The Byrds could take an old folk song with lyrics taken from the bible and turn it into a hit song. Folksinger Pete Seeger had originally adapted the words from the book of Ecclesiastes.
“Turn Turn Turn” was released October 23, 1965 and topped The United States singles charts for three weeks. It was their biggest hit as Mr. Tambourine Man was number one for only 1 week.
As with many of their songs it was the 12 string guitar of Roger McGuinn in combination with the perfect harmonies that gave the song and the band its unique sound.
A great number one song from the Beatles era when not many American groups reached trhe top.