Barry McGuire was an old folkie who was a friend of the Mamas and Papas and helped them get a record deal with the Dunhill label, which got him a mention in their hit song “Creeque Alley.” He was also the lead singer of the New Christy Minstrels and provided the vocal for their hit “Green Green.”
His main claim to fame was his only big solo hit “Eve Of Destruction,” which spent the week of September 25, 1965, as the number one song in the United States.
It was one of the scathing protest songs of its era. Written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, it summed up all that was wrong with the world in just about three minutes. It was banned by a number of radio stations but that did not stop its rise to the top of the charts.
McGuire would never have another big hit and today “Eve Of Destruction” sounds dated but for a week in 1965, it was the most important song in the USA.