July 25, 2016
The Byrds are best known for their other number one song, “Mr. Tambourine Man,” but “Turn Turn Turn” was the bigger hit.
The song has the distinction of being the number one song with the oldest lyrics. Pete Seeger had adapted the words the the Biblical Book Ecclesiastes to music. The Byrds added more of a beat and harmonies. Their version reached the top of the Pop Cart December 4, 1965, and their it remained for three weeks.
January 31, 2011
Judy Collins has been a constant on the American music scene for almost 50 years. She began as one of the important figures in the early 1960’s folk revival. She gradually evolved into a traditiional pop artist as the years passed.
“Turn Turn Turn” was a folk tune written by Pete Seeger with words taken from the Bible. It has been covered by many artists over the years, the most famous being the one by The Byrds, which topped The United States singles charts for three weeks.
Her take on the song was very much in the folk tradition. Her pure voice was always at home with this type of material. It may not have charted but remains one of the better covers of this classic folk song.