Barry McGuire was born in Oklahoma in 1935, and moved to California with his family when he was just two. He took up music as a career relatively late, not starting to sing until he was 25, when he got involved in the American folk revival. He formed a folk duo with fellow singer Barry Kane, and the two Barrys released an album called Here And Now in 1962. The two of them got noticed, and were invited to join folk ensemble The New Christy Minstrels. He was there for their one hit song, 1963's "Green Green". The same year he recorded his first solo album, featuring members of the Minstrels backing him. It featured a great selection of songs, including an awesome rendition of Hoyt Axton's "Greenback Dollar" (which McGuire apparently had a hand in writing), and several co-written with poet Rod McKuen. Stylistically, it toed the line between the polite sound of early 60s commercial folk groups (which arguably hasn't aged well), and a harder-edged style which suited his growling voice better (best exemplified on "Greenback Dollar").
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