Barry McGuire

Genres: Drama Folk Horror Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": classic rock 60s folk singer-songwriter rock folk rock oldies folk-rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Lyrics Official Homepage VIAF Wikipedia

Biography

15 October 1935, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. McGuire first came to prominence as a minor actor in Route 66 before teaming up with singer Barry Kane as Barry And Barry. In 1962, he joined the New Christy Minstrels and appeared as lead singer on several of their hits, most notably, ‘Green Green’ and ‘Saturday Night’. He also sang the lead on their comic but catchy ‘Three Wheels On My Wagon’. While still a Minstrel, he composed the hit ‘Greenback Dollar’ for the Kingston Trio. After leaving the New Christy Minstrels, McGuire signed to Lou Adler’s Dunhill Records and was assigned to staff writers P. F. Sloan and Steve Barri. At the peak of the folk rock boom, they wrote the rabble-rousing protest ‘Eve Of Destruction’, which McGuire took to number 1 in the USA, surviving a blanket radio ban in the process. The anti-establishment nature of the lyric even provoked an answer record, ‘Dawn Of Correction’,...

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