Unmellowed yellow

For about as long as there have been protests, there have been protests of protests. This 1966 wonder, on the real-life Are You Kidding Me? label, lays out its agenda before the very first verse:

The Beach Bums were Doug Brown and the Omens, plus a different frontman than usual: Bob Seger, who probably wrote this under the “D. Dodger” pseudonym, though it might have been nice to cut in Barry Sadler, an Army E-6 on whose “Ballad of the Green Berets” this was obviously based. After Sgt Sadler and mighty RCA Victor complained and lawyers were retained, “Yellow Beret” was withdrawn from circulation.


  1. Roger O Green »

    2 October 2017 · 10:13 am

    Sadler’s song was #1 for 5 weeks, longer than anyone’s in 1966.

  2. CGHill »

    2 October 2017 · 1:31 pm

    Yes, it was. He had one decent follow-up (“The A Team,” not the subsequent Ed Sheeran song), and then dropped out of sight until The Incident. (He shot a wordsmith down in Nashville, and not just to watch him die, either.)

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