‘Eve of Destruction’ singer to perform


OXFORD – Folk rock icon Barry McGuire, who first achieved fame as lead singer for the New Christy Minstrels in the 1960s, will perform in concert Wednesday, May 3, at Hosanna Church Auditorium.

In 1965, McGuire released the monster solo hit “Eve of Destruction,” the largest selling protest song ever. In 1969 and 1970, he starred in the Broadway version of “Hair.”

McGuire’s personal life hit a real low in 1970 when several of his close friends died from drug-related causes.

He became depressed and would spend entire days in his apartment with all the curtains closed doing nothing and seeing nobody.

After becoming a follower of Jesus Christ in 1971, McGuire began writing such music as “Communion Song,” “Happy Road” and “Cosmic Cowboy.” Along the way, he also penned and recorded the multimillion selling children’s song “Bullfrogs and Butterflies.”

McGuire continues to write and record. His latest release is “A Walk Through the Garden.” Barry and his wife, Mari, have traveled the world on behalf of the Christian Relief and Care agency World Vision.

The concert, presented by HIS Music, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hosanna Church Auditorium is on Schoolhouse Road, almost behind the Keiser Homes factory on Route 121. The performance is open to people of all ages.

A goodwill offering will be taken. For more information, call Eric or Nancy of HIS music at 539-2295 days, or 743-2965 evenings.