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Boomers Made Gary Lewis Famous

Entering a store recently, Mister Boomer immediately recognized the music playing as Count Me In by Gary Lewis & the Playboys. Walking through the aisles, it transported him back to his boomer-boyhood bedroom with his transistor radio. There, as a pre-teen, he’d listen to the local radio stations that played rock and pop music. The songs of Gary Lewis & the Playboys were among the first memorable tunes Mister B latched onto during his formative years.

The son of comedian and actor Jerry Lewis, Gary’s interest in music was stoked when he received a drum set for his fourteenth birthday in 1960. Four years later he formed a band called Gary & the Playboys, installing himself as the band’s drummer. He didn’t use his last name because he didn’t want people to connect him with his famous father, and therefore give him favorable treatment based on his name alone. His father, however, was not enthusiastic about his rock ‘n roll leanings, so Gary kept him out of the loop when it came to his band. In contrast, his mother, Patti Palmer Lewis — a one-time singer in a band herself — was supportive both verbally and financially. When the fledging band had a chance to audition for a slot at Disneyland, they jumped at it. The Disney people were impressed with the band’s youthful exuberance and boy-next-door looks and hired them. It was while playing at Disneyland in 1964 that producer Snuff Garrett “discovered” Gary and started their musical collaboration.

Their partnership produced immediate returns, with the help of financing from Lewis’ mother to record This Diamond Ring. The record was released in January 1965, and climbed the charts to number one by the third week in February. The song was written by Al Kooper, Bob Brass and Irwin Levine, and produced by Garrett. Kooper in particular was not enamored with the choice of Lewis to record his song; he had the Drifters in mind. He also voiced concern over the band’s level of musicianship and Lewis’ vocal ability. Garrett met the objections by hiring The Wrecking Crew, made famous by being labeled Phil Spector’s “house band” during his “wall of sound” recordings. Leon Russel joined the Crew on keyboards, and arranged the music for This Diamond Ring. Together, the Crew were known as super-session musicians who appeared on more than one hundred hit recordings, including those by The Monkees, Sonny & Cher, Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys. The contribution of The Wrecking Crew to the Pet Sounds album was documented in the 2014 movie, Love & Mercy. The Playboys only played backing tracks on the record, and Lewis’ voice was overdubbed with session singer Ron Hicklin. Neither were rare occurrences in the days when record companies held all the cards when it came to recordings.

Meanwhile, even Lewis didn’t have confidence in his singing ability. Garrett got Lewis to take vocal lessons, and recruited Buddy Rich to give him some pointers on his drumming. Despite his earlier reticence, Garrett persuaded Gary’s father, Jerry Lewis, to lobby to get his son on The Ed Sullivan Show. In look and sound, Gary Lewis & the Playboys were groomed to be America’s answer to the British Invasion bands like Gerry & the Pacemakers and Herman’s Hermits. The band landed a gig. Ed Sullivan required bands to play live, but since the record had been heavily produced in the studio, during their appearance on December 6, 1964, Lewis sang the song to a pre-recording while the band mimicked playing. Nonetheless, the broadcast one month before the release of the record helped propel This Diamond Ring to the top of the charts. It wouldn’t be long, though, before Garrett took Lewis out from behind the drum kit and made him the front man.

In the next year and a half, the band racked up an impressive series of hits, though band members came and went. The band was only one of two artists of the 1960s to have their first seven releases hit Billboard’s Top 10 (the other being The Lovin’ Spoonful). This Diamond Ring was followed with Count Me In (which reached number two), Save Your Heart for Me, Everybody Loves a Clown, She’s Just My Style and Sure Gonna Miss Her. Despite the success of This Diamond Ring, the band was not able to reach the top of the charts again.

Like many other rock ‘n rollers before him, including Elvis, Lewis was drafted into the Army in January of 1967. He served his time in Seoul, South Korea, narrowly escaping being sent to Vietnam. Even before his Army stint, most of the original band members had moved on, but when he returned, he started up the band again, replacing any of guys unable or unwilling to continue, but the band could not gain any momentum. They officially disbanded in 1970. Lewis tried a solo career for a few years, then drifted into the oldies circuit, where he continues to perform to this day.

As far as Mister Boomer is concerned, the Gary Lewis song that most resonated with him was She’s Just My Style. Its release coincided with his first major crush, a long-haired blonde girl at his school. Every time he heard the song, he saw visions (in slow motion, of course), of the girl walking down the school hallway, sweater tied around her neck and hair blown by unseen winds. She may have been just his style, but she epitomized the out-of-my-league girls Mister B would pine for in his boomer school days.

What was your favorite Gary Lewis & the Playboys song, boomers?

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Boomer Icons Who Passed On in 2016

2016 was a tough year for boomers. We lost a massive number of historical and cultural giants that helped shaped our boomer years. Here are just some of this illustrious group:

Leonard White – January 2
As a television producer, Mr. White brought boomers the now-classic TV spy series, The Avengers.

Robert Balser – January 5
His name was hardly a boomer household word, yet boomers know his work. Balser was an animator who co-directed Yellow Submarine (along with Jack Stokes, who died in 2013). He also worked on the cartoon series Jackson5 and the animated movie Heavy Metal.

David Bowie – January 10
A colossus among boomer-era rock musicians, Bowie was ever inventing and showing us another side of his collection of talents, from singing to song writing, acting to producing, ever the supreme showman. Here is what Mister Boomer had to say about one of his recordings: “Wild Is the Wind”: A Boomer Story.

Glenn Frey – January 18
Frey, a boomer himself, was the founding member of the Eagles. The band’s southwestern-rock style was present in multiple hits in the 1970s, making them a favorite of many later-era boomers.

Paul Kantner – January 28
In 1965 Marty Balin approached Paul Kantner to join his new band, the Jefferson Airplane. The band, fronted by lead singer Grace Slick, went on to become a symbol of the psychedelic scene in San Francisco during the Summer of Love with the blockbuster boomer hits of Somebody to Love and White Rabbit. Kantner wrote music himself, but the closest he had to a hit was the song Wooden Ships, which he co-wrote with David Crosby and Stephen Stills. After the dissolution of the band, Kantner formed Jefferson Starship. Mister Boomer was not a big fan of Starship, but thoroughly enjoys Airplane to this day including Today, a Kantner-penned song featured on the Surrealistic Pillow album from 1967.

Maurice White – February 3
The co-founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, White was the band’s lead singer. He also co-wrote many of their hits, including September, Sing A Song and Shining Star. In the dark days of disco (in Mister B’s estimation), Mister B would request Earth, Wind & Fire songs from the DJs to avoid having to hear disco music.

Harper Lee – February 19
Boomers will recall Lee as the author of To Kill A Mockingbird, a novel about race and class in the Depression-era South. In 1962 it was made into a motion picture starring Gregory Peck. Many early boomers read the book in school, but most boomers saw the film at some point in their developing years.

Nancy Reagan – March 6
Born Anne Frances Robbins, Nancy Reagan was a film actress before boomers knew her as Ronald Reagan’s wife and America’s First Lady. She was an influential figure in Reagan’s White House, and boomers will recall her role in creating the “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign.

Keith Emerson – March 11; Greg Lake – December 7
Two-thirds of the iconic group, Emerson, Lake and Palmer died this past year. Emerson was the founding member and keyboardist of ELP and before that, the Nice, which also featured a blending of rock, jazz and classical music. Bassist Greg Lake met Emerson while the Nice was touring with King Crimson. Together they formed ELP, and recruited Carl Palmer on drums. Their first record was released in 1970. Mister Boomer was a big fan of music that fused other genres, especially jazz and classical.

Patty Duke – March 29
Boomers will always remember Patty Duke for her Academy-Award winning performance in The Miracle Worker, and, of course, for the television series that bore her name. Read Mister Boomer’s take on the show: Boomers, Now Isn’t That Special (Effects)?

Prince – April 21
Prince Rogers Nelson was himself a Baby Boomer, having been born in 1958. A musician, songwriter and musical innovator, he burst onto the music scene in 1976, influencing countless legions of musicians who followed.

Muhammad Ali – June 3
Boomers first knew him as Cassius Clay, a boxer of immense talent who became the Heavyweight World Champion, but was willing to give it all up by declaring his conscientious objector status for the Draft in 1967. He took the name Muhammad Ali in 1964. Boomers will always remember and respect him for his support of the Civil Rights movement and anti-war stance, aside from his being “the Greatest” in the boxing ring.

Margaret Vinci Heldt – June 10
The world will remember Margaret Vinci Heldt for giving us the Beehive hairdo. Read Mister Boomer’s exploration: Boomers Say a Fond Goodbye to More Icons of the Era

Glenn Yarbrough – August 11
Yarbrough began his musical career as lead singer for the Limeliters (1959-63), but most boomers will always remember his classic hit, Baby the Rain Must Fall, from 1965.

Gene Wilder – August 29
Like most boomers, Mister B first heard of Gene Wilder from his starring roles in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles and two of Mister B’s favorites, Young Frankenstein and The Producers. In the late 1970s and early ’80s, Wilder did a series of films with Richard Pryor that are beloved by later boomers, including Silver Streak and Stir Crazy. He married Gilda Radner, one of the original cast members from Saturday Night Live, in 1984.

Edward Albee – September 16
This American playwright brought us Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which ultimately became a boomer cultural phenomenon as a film starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Arnold Palmer – September 25
Considered one of the greatest professional golfers who ever lived, most boomers will recall their fathers sitting in front of the TV on weekends in the 1950s and ’60s, a beer in the hand while watching Arnold Palmer on the PGA circuit. Arnold Palmer also gave us the drink that bears his name, a mix of lemonade and iced tea.

Tom Hayden – October 23
Boomers will recall Hayden as the radical founding member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in the 1960s. Known for his activism in Civil Rights and against the war in Vietnam, he went on to marry Jane Fonda and from 1993 to 200 served in the California state legislature, first as an assemblyman, then as state senator.

Robert Vaughn – November 11
Best known to boomers for his starring role in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., this actor became part of the pop culture landscape.

Florence Henderson – November 24
Ms. Henderson had appeared in numerous movies and TV shows as both an actress and singer during our younger years, but most boomers will always remember her as the mom on The Brady Bunch.

John Glenn – December 8
One of the original seven U.S. astronauts, boomers watched as he became the first American to orbit the Earth (1962). In 1974 he became a U.S. Senator, representing his home state of Ohio, where he served for 24 years. In 1998, at age 77, he became the oldest man to travel to space, going up a second time with the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery. After John Glenn, Mister B and his teammates on a city league baseball team called themselves The Astronauts.

Henry Heimlich – December 17
If his name sounds familiar, it’s because we boomers were around before Dr. Heimlich came up with the life-saving maneuver that bears his name. Boomers saw the adoption of the method for helping choking victims and the signs posted at every restaurant and government building.

Carrie Fisher – December 27
What else can be said about Carrie Fisher? Boomers knew her for Star Wars, of course, but also as the once-wife of Paul Simon.

There were many others who passed on this past year, of course, who made their mark in the annals of boomer history. We have, as the old saying goes, lived in interesting times.

Which boomer icons will you remember, boomers?

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Some of Mister Boomer’s Favorites of 2016

It’s the New Year, traditionally a time to look back in reflection and ahead with hope. In that spirit, please enjoy some of Mister B’s hand-picked favorites from 2016.

Boomers and Torn Jeans: The Evolution from Time-to-Replace to High Fashion
Our mothers fretted over our torn “dungarees” only to find a decade later that torn jeans were part of the fashion scene.

Boomers Twisted the Night Away
Mister Boomer explored the origin of the Twist.

Boomers Loved Gene Pitney Songs
Early to mid-boomers probably count Gene Pitney among their favorite singers of the ’60s.

Boomers Heard the Quotes of Their History
We were there, man!

Boomers Benefited from Space Products
Are you aware of space technology in your everyday lives?

Boomers Will Recall 1966
Fifty years ago from the year that just passed, the times they were a’-changin’.

Boomer Comparison: Drug Stores Then and Now
The local pharmacy sure has changed since we were boomer kids. Here is a comparison.

Boomers and Bikinis Just Went Together
The role of the bikini in boomer-era movies is iconic and undeniably modern for the time.

Boomers Have Lived Through Many Eves of Destruction
The song reverberates even today.

Boomers Gladly Went Where No One Had Gone Before
2016 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the original Star Trek on TV.

Boomers’ Diets Have Changed Over 50 Years
Boomers watched the era of convenience foods enter the picture, and the American diet.

Boomers Saw Their Lives in “The Flintstones”
The technology employed in The Flintstones mimicked the space-age devices that were common in boomer households. The major difference was instead of electrically-powered devices, the action of the devices was powered by animals.

Here’s to another great year, and hoping your 2017 is boomer-ific!

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Music Flashbacks: A Sign of an Aging Boomer?

Mister Boomer has flashbacks. No, not those kind of flashbacks, but rather, music flashbacks. They can happen any any point. Some are triggered by events and circumstances that remind Mister B of a song, or a situation of what he remembers doing when a particular song was played. For example, Mister B cannot hear Neil Sedaka’s Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (1962) without flashing back to his grandmother’s kitchen table. While spending a week at his grandmother’s house one summer, he had his transistor radio on and was putting together a model car on the kitchen table when the song came on. A mundane scene, but one that has been burned into Mister B’s memory banks, forever linking the song and the circumstance.

However, there is one aspect of Mister B’s music flashbacks he finds most intriguing, and that is that many mornings he will wake up with a boomer-era song in his head. It’s almost as if someone left the jukebox on all night, and in random rotation; what he hears on waking is what is playing at the time. What is most fascinating is, often the songs are those he has not heard in decades, and in many cases, he does not own a copy in his personal collection. There is that old chestnut many of us are reminded of, particularly as we age, that we can’t remember where we put our keys, yet we can recall song lyrics from fifty years ago. Guilty as charged.

Here is a sampling of some of the tunes that have danced across the neurons of Mister B’s gray matter recently when he awoke to a new morning:

Silhouettes — The Rays (1957)
This doo wop/rock classic was covered by many bands, most notably The Diamonds and Herman’s Hermits. While each of the groups had Top 10 airplay hits with the tune, the version by The Rays went to number 3; The Diamonds’ version, released just months after The Rays’, made it to number 5, but failed to make Billboard’s top sales chart; The Four Seasons’ included a version on their 1963 album, Ain’t That A Shame And Twelve Others, but it was not released as a single; Herman’s Hermits did their version in 1965 and it climbed to number 10. What’s odd for Mister B is he hasn’t heard nor thought about this song in eons, yet, one morning, there it was.

Stop! Stop! Stop! — The Hollies (1966)
The exotic-sounding chords of this Hollies hit made it a standout with boomers. Mister B enjoyed the song at the time, but again, he does not have a copy and hasn’t heard it in a very long time. Why are the lyrics so memorable to songs you don’t hear very often?

You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice — Lovin’ Spoonful (1965)
Stepping out of bed one morning, Mister B could only smile at this one. It made him remember his school days, when kids had a constant struggle to get people to like them, especially when they were discovering the opposite sex. Besides, for us old people, it’s still a cool tune.

He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother — Kelly Gordon (1969)
Written by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell, the song was originally recorded by Kelly Gordon. It was the Hollies who had the big hit with the song when they released their version that same year. Interesting enough, Elton John was playing piano on the Hollies recording.

Not exactly a favorite of Mister B, it was certainly one of the most covered songs of 1969. It has been recorded by dozens of artists, including Al Green, Cher, Olivia Newton John, Neil Diamond, The Osmonds, Jimmy Ruffin, Glen Campbell and Danny Hathaway, to name a few. Mister B isn’t at all sure which version made its way into his early morning brain, but seeing as the Hollies version got more radio play, that was probably it.

Let’s Live for Today — The Grass Roots (1967)
Tra la la la la la live for today, and don’t worry ’bout tomorrow … hey
Could there be a more descriptive sentiment to voice what was forming just before the Summer of Love than these lyrics? The song was an adaptation of an Italian song, but the lyrics were rewritten for an English audience and recorded in the UK by the Rokes and also The Living Daylights in 1966. The Grass Roots version made it a worldwide sensation. It is said to have become a real hit with servicemen in Vietnam, too. Seems an appropriate song for a boomer to wake up to, no?

Mister Boomer does not know why songs are making their way into his internal playlist, especially those that he hasn’t heard in quite a while. Perhaps it is a sign of an aging boomer tripping on nostalgia. Nonetheless, he’s glad (all over) to have such a vast, varied and fantastic array of music from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s that his brain can choose from when he drops the record player arm on another day.

How about you, boomers? Do you have music flashbacks? What waking songs are blowing through the jasmine of your minds lately?

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Fifty Years Ago Today — Summer Songs of 1966

Every year has its share of summer hit songs, and Mister Boomer has written about some of the biggest he recalls (Boomers and Summer Songs: Will I See You In September?). Yet in Mister B’s estimation, none can compare with the Summer of 1966. Sure the Summer of ’67 had a plethora of hits, too (Aretha Franklin’s Respect, The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s and The Doors’ Light My Fire, mainly), but there were so many songs released fifty years ago in the Summer of ’66 that went on to become rock classics that it is hard to imagine another summer coming close.

Not convinced yet? Check out this list of songs that became weekly number one hits in the Summer of ’66:

Paint It Black, Rolling Stones
Paperback Writer, The Beatles (and number one again the week after Sinatra)
Strangers in the Night, Frank Sinatra
Hanky Panky, Tommy James & the Shondells
Wild Thing, Troggs
Summer in the City, Lovin’ Spoonful
Sunshine Superman, Donovan

Mister Boomer heard these songs on the radio and at friends’ houses, from his brother’s 45 RPMs and on TV shows, including Hullabaloo, Ed Sullivan and Hollywood Palace. He has Brother Boomer’s 45s that include all of these. In 1966, the rock charts still made room for stars like Sinatra, Elvis, Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdink, Petula Clark and more, in addition to the pop/rock hit makers of the day.

As the TV commercials say, … but wait! there’s more! It turns out, MUCH more sound was going down that summer. Here are just a few that were hits fifty summers ago:

Red Rubber Ball, The Cyrkle
The song had an infectious, upbeat, calliope-like sound that propelled it to the summer charts. It was written by Paul Simon and Bruce Woodley, of The Seekers. They intended it for The Seekers, but the band rejected it. When Simon was on tour, he offered the song to his bassist, who had a band called The Rondells. The Rondells became The Cyrkle when their manager — Brian Epstein — got the band to tour with The Beatles. John Lennon is said to have come up with the band’s new name.

I Am a Rock, Paul Simon
Ironically, Simon’s folksy ballad classic was climbing the charts at the same time as Red Rubber Ball.

They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Napolean XIV
A novelty hit in the Summer of ’66, some boomers — including Mister B’s sister — loved the craziness of the lyrics and sang along, much to the chagrin of Mister B’s family. The flip side of the record was the same song, recorded backwards.

Lil’ Red Riding Hood, Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs
The leering nature of the wolf in this song might be a bit much for today’s charts, but it peaked at number two in the Summer of 1966. Read what Mister B had to say when a car commercial co-opted the song a couple of years ago (Oops! They Did It Again, Boomers!).

God Only Knows, Beach Boys
One of the hits from the album, Pet Sounds, this was one the first records to use “God” in the title. Rolling Stone magazine put the song at number 25 on its list of Top 500 Rock Songs of all time. Mr. B preferred Good Vibrations, which was released that same year.

Mother’s Little Helper, The Rolling Stones
Things are diff-er-ent today, indeed. The Stones rocked the summer a second time along with Paint It Black. Mister B enjoyed this one, especially the phrase, What a drag it is getting old. He used to think it was funny. Now, not so much.

Dirty Water, The Standells
With one of the most recognizable guitar riffs of the decade, Dirty Water was a true example of garage rock, having been recorded in a garage in 1965 and released in ’66. Boston sports team still play the song, now 50 years old, despite the fact that none of the band members is from Boston.

Hungry, Paul Revere & the Raiders
You say you want a hard-drivin’ rock song for your summer? Take a listen to Hungry. All the teenage angst and desire of typical summer songs is pent up in that pounding beat.

See You in September, The Happenings
As breezy as a summer wind, this song reached number one in June of ’66. It was the king of boyfriend-to-girlfriend talks at the end of a school year, a plea to stay true and not run off with a summer fling. For that reason, it’s been named to several top 100 summer songs of all time lists.

Sunny, Bobby Hebb
The song was released by other artists before the songwriter, Bobby Hebb, debuted his own version in June of ’66, surpassing the others on the charts. There was actually a jazz version of the song released in 1965 on an album produced by Herbie Hancock. Since then jazz musicians and rock artists of all flavors have covered the tune, including Frank Sinatra (with Duke Ellington), Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Frankie Valli, Nancy Wilson, the Four Tops, Wilson Pickett, Dusty Springfield, and a host of others.

Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, The Temptations
Now considered a Motown classic, Barry Gordy didn’t warm up to the song until it hit the charts in the Summer of ’66. Eddie Kendricks was the usual vocalist for The Temptations, but after the band had a hit with David Ruffin singing My Girl, this song was given to him. The song was a little out of his usual range, but his audible vocal push only adds to the longing in the lyric that begins with I know you want to leave me…

Brother Boomer was a big Motown fan, so this 45 RPM made its way into the Boomer household as soon as it was available. The Rolling Stones covered the song in 1974.

Still not enough for you? Here are more hits from the Summer of 1966:

River Deep, Mountain High, Ike & Tina Turner
Bus Stop, Hollies
I Saw Her Again, Mamas & the Papas
The Pied Piper, Crispian St. Peters
A Groovy Kind of Love, The Mindbenders

Mister Boomer could go on, but thinks his point has been made. Will there ever be another summer so rich in musical history?

What are your favorite songs of the Summer of 1966, boomers?

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Boomers Have Lived Through Many Eves of Destruction

The tumultuous sixties seem to be repeating themselves these days, with news reports that echo some of the violence and insanity of that era’s topsy-turvy world. Maybe that is why Eve of Destruction has been rolling into Mister Boomer’s skull these past few weeks, or maybe it has something to do with the Republican and Democratic conventions happening this month. In any case, the song still rings true today, and has a story of its own to tell.

American musician and songwriter P.F. Sloan penned the tune in mid-1964. The original intent for the song was for polished, harmonizing vocals. He thought The Byrds would do it justice, but they declined to record it. Sloan had worked with The Turtles, writing many of their hits, including You Baby, Let Me Be and Can I Get to Know You Better. The Turtles often took on songs that were rejected by The Byrds, and Eve of Destruction was no exception. The band recorded it in 1965. That same year, Sloan enlisted Barry McGuire to sing his song. Sloan played guitar on the track, but he thought McGuire’s vocal wasn’t crisp enough and didn’t want it released. The record company had other ideas. McGuire said in an interview in the 1990s that he recorded the song on a Thursday, and the following Monday he got a call from his record company, telling him to turn on his radio. The song was getting airtime and hit number one in September 1965.

Boomers loved it but Conservatives thought it displayed everything that was wrong with the youth society. A few months after the song reached number one, Sgt. Barry Sadler, a medic in the Green Berets, released Ballad of the Green Berets as a sort of response song. McGuire had a solo career and later became born-again and sang Christian music. He never had another top 40 hit.

In 1966, Eve of Destruction was recorded again, this time by The Grass Roots. That same year, P.F. Sloan had two more hits on the radio: Johnny Rivers’ Secret Agent Man and A Must to Avoid by Herman’s Hermits.

Mister Boomer remembers hearing the Barry McGuire version on the radio, and Brother Boomer bought the 45 RPM record that Mister B still has in his collection. Mister B also has The Turtles version, but by far prefers the rasp and rawness in McGuire’s voice. The Cold War; Vietnam; racial unrest; it was a real time of awakening for young boomers like Mister B, and this song coalesced a lot of those fears into one package.

What memories do you have of Eve of Destruction, boomers?

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