Barry McGuire stepped into the public eye in 1963 on the Andy Williams Show as the gravelly voiced lead singer of The New Christy Minstrels. He launched his musical career with the million-sellers "Green, Green" and "Green Back Dollar."
In 1965, at the heart of the peace movement, McGuire went solo. His growing awareness of social hypocrisy was expressed in his third hit "Eve of Destruction" which echoed around the world as an anthem of the times.
Three years later, Barry was cast as the male lead in the original Broadway production of the musical Hair. Once again his voice was heard proclaiming the ideals of a radical generation. Dick Clark says, "When world events collide with 'Rock'n'Roll' you get Barry McGuire".
In the early '70s Barry's life took a new direction. Having found his answer to the "Eve of Destruction, as he describes it, "by stumbling into the Fullness of Truth," he left Hollywood and set out to do what ever he could to bring about positive change. Barry's transformation is exemplified in the lyrics of his music, which focus on the importance of family, the value of children, and Barry's personal journey through life.
In 1988/89/90 Barry teamed up with World Vision in New Zealand and sang with more than 20,000 children from over four hundred primary schools in 57 different cities. These concerts generated nearly two thousand sponsors for third-world children.
In 1994, Barry reunited with his old "New Christy Minstrel" friends, and they completed a season (250 shows) at the SierraLand theater, in Oakhurst California, calling themselves "A Gathering of Minstrels." Barry said, "It was great fun!"
In February of 1995, Barry McGuire and Terry Talbot got together and started singing some of the old folk songs they used to sing back in the sixties. In the beginning they sang the songs just because they liked the way it felt to sing and harmonize together. Then they discovered that people of all ages liked it too. Their audiences responded with such joy and enthusiasm to the new old music, they received two and sometimes even three standing "O" encores at the end of each show. Barry and Terry were blown away.
After seven wonderful years traveling with Terry, Barry at 67, with 40 years of planes, trains, automobiles, and what seems like a million motel rooms behind him, had decided to retire from concert ministry.
But he keeps receiving more and more invitations to share his music and tell his stories. It never ends, it never ends, it never ends… until Jesus takes us home.
Courtesy of Barry McGuire
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