Billy Don’t Be a Hero hit no 1 on the Go-Set National Top 40 in July 1974 and remained there for 7 weeks.
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.
This song is also on our Spotify playlist.
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