Barry McGuire

Barry McGuireFrom: Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Born in Oklahoma City, Barry McGuire was one of the many folk “protest singers” of the 1960s. Relocating himself to New York, McGuire joined the New Christy Minstrels in the early ’60s. As the lead singer of the band, McGuire appeared on several albums as well as their first hit single, “Green, Green”. It wasn’t long after that he caught the attention of producer Lou Adler and singer/songwriter P.F. Sloan. McGuire left the New Christy Minstrels to pursue a solo career, and signed a contract with Dunhill Records.

The Barry McGuire Album was released in 1963, but it wasn’t until 1965 when McGuire had his first massive hit. “Eve of Destruction” reached #1 in the U.S and #3 in the U.K, and was taken from McGuire’s second album Barry McGuire Featuring Eve of Destruction”. McGuire had started to develop a friendship with another act of Adler’s, the Mamas & the Papas. They even mentioned him in a few of their song lyrics. McGuire continued to release albums, such as This Precious Time and The World’s Last Private Citizen, but nothing matched the success of “Eve of Destruction”.

In the early part of the 1970s, Barry McGuire left folk music and reappeared as a Christian / Gospel singer. Now with the Myrrh label, he would release several other accredited albums before putting his music career on hold. McGuire and his wife moved to New Zealand in the 1980s, working with World Vision. Returning to America in 1990, McGuire returned to his musical career and has continued issuing several albums.

Artist information sources include: an article written by Greg Prato at

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From the 1965 album Eve Of Destruction
Barry McGuire - Eve Of Destruction

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From the 1968 album The World’s Last Private Citizen
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