Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: The Green Berets

From military.com:

The Army’s Special Forces (SF) make up a unique, unconventional, combat arms organization. Highly trained and seasoned professionals, they are the most versatile Special Operations (SO) soldiers in the world.

Special Forces, also referred to as the legendary Green Berets, is an elite, multipurpose force for high-priority operational targets of strategic importance.

Their missions often require rapid and discrete responses to unique situations throughout the world. As the Global Scouts for the U.S. military, the Special Forces’ ubiquitous presence generally guarantees that SF is the first on the ground or already at a crisis location as trouble emerges. For this reason, they are experts in unilateral direct-action operations and unconventional warfare, as well as having thorough knowledge of foreign languages, customs and cultures. 

In the mid-60’s Barry Sadler wrote a song to boost morale among the American troops fighting in Vietnam when public opinion was low. Sadler was injured by a punji stick (a type of booby trap), and while laid up in the hospital released the rights to this song so it could be heard.

Sadler was serving as a medic and he nearly had to have his leg amputated after he was injured. While he was recuperating, he wrote songs for other wounded soldiers. “The Ballad of the Green Berets” became a huge hit and was the inspiration for the John Wayne film referred to above.

Following Sadler’s recording success he appeared as a guest on several TV shows.  

February 11, 1966…

Sadler’s patriotic musical tribute reached #1 for five weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in early 1966. It was also a crossover smash, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart and No. 2 on Billboard’s Country survey. 

After being shot in the head in Guatemala Sadler died in 1989 at the age of 49.

BONUS

Pop music history was made this week 32 years ago, on May 26, 1990.

For the first time ever the Top five positions on the US singles chart were held by female artists

#5: Alright-Janet Jackson

#4: Hold On-Wilson Phillips

#3: Nothing Compares 2 U-Sinead O’Connor

#2: All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You-Heart

And #1…





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