Ballad of the Green Berets was written and performed by Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler. There are no reviews yet. An anthem of the anti-war, counter-culture movement which takes clear shots at social elites who support the war with their mouths but refuse to pay the costs of it themselves. His first book, Whitewash: The Report on the Warren Report (1965), was the first critical study of the government's official version of what happened in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. Can National Guard send me back to basic if the Army has discharged me? Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. A rough time. Come gather ’round, people It was based upon Sadler’s time in the U.S. Army an USAF. And admit that the waters Music is such a powerful thing and I love the time I get to spend by myself listening and feeling what the song is trying to convey. There were lots of shows on television about war during the 1980’s and early 1990’s, including many about Vietnam. We gotta get out of this place No personal memories in my case, of course – I’ve been born years after the Vietnam War, so the defining wars of my youth were Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq. thank you in advance Barry Sadler, beginning when he was training to be a Special Forces medic. For the times they are a-changin’. Lastly, “The Ballad of Penny Evans” is so raw I can bring myself to tears just humming it. But only 3 win the Green Beret. Ultimately, the song was named Billboard’s #1 single for the year 1966. on August 28, 2015. Great, only item missing is your spotify playlist link. I agree with all the songs already stated above…………. The song was frequently played by US Forces Vietnam Network disc jockeys, and in 2006 an in-depth survey of Vietnam veterans found that it was the song they most identified with: We had absolute unanimity is this song being the touchstone. I served in the Army in the early 1980s. Sonny and Cher did a particularly moving performance on their variety show. And explode into space. Such a great song and wonderfully interpreted with orchestra instruments. My list would include all of these plus War by Edwin Starr (1969) and Revolution by The Beatles (1969). I will present this list in 2 posts. I’d add to your list Country Joe and the Fish’s “I Feel Like I’m Fixin to Die Rag.” (…and it’s one-two-three-four, what the hell are we fightin for? 100 men will test today Timing – released a year before Op started to end Op date (in this case 08 February 1970-End March 1971). Strawberry Alarm Clock – Incense & Peppermints As you can imagine, when I was a kid World War II was still fresh in everyone’s memory, although it had been over 30 years since it ended. What it is ain’t exactly clear This was the Vietnam anthem. I was born in ’53, so I remember those days very well. Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love 1 for five weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and four weeks on Cashbox. There is a house in New Orleans He’s five feet two and he’s six feet four It is one of the few popular songs of the Vietnam War years to cast the military in a positive light and in 1966 became a major hit, reaching No.