SOLDIERS WHO WANT TO BE HEROES

Latest update on 20/01/2011

Artist: Gateway Trio
Author: Rod McKuen
Label: Capitol
Year: 1963

Banned by most American radio stations for its anti militarism. Jerry Walter, Betty Mann and Milt Chapman were equally active in the first chapter of the NAACP in San Francisco.

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1971:

Rod McKuen [n°1 NL]

1971:

Compagnons De La Chanson [as Des milliers de soldats]

1972:

Dahlia Lavi [as Meine art Liebe zu zeigen; hit GER & Israël]

McKuen inspired by latrine graffiti while serving in Korea (1954): "Soldiers who want to be heroes number damn near zero, but there are god damned millions who want to be civilians". Writer Norman Mailer saw that same inscription during WW II.

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