“Billy Don’t Be A Hero” is a 1974 pop song that was first a UK hit for Paper Lace and then, some months later, a US hit for Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods. The song was written and composed by two British songwriters, Mitch Murray and Peter Callander.
Because the song was released in 1974, it was associated by some listeners with the Vietnam War, though the war to which it actually refers is never identified in the lyrics. It has been suggested that the drum pattern, references to a marching band leading soldiers in blue, and “riding out” (cavalry) refer to the American Civil War. For one of the band’s performances on Top of the Pops they wore Union-style uniforms, as can be seen on YouTube and on 45 single record cover.
Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods is the second album from Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods, released in 1974 (ABC Recordings). Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods are an American pop music group, known mainly for their 1970s hit singles, “Billy Don’t Be a Hero” and “Who Do You Think You Are”. Tracks 1 Girl Don’t Make Me Wait (Leon Huff) 02:43 […]
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