Australian singles chart:
Billy Don’t Be a Hero entered the Kent Music Report on 22 April 1974 and went all the way to #1 where it remained for 7 weeks.
The song was on Paper Lace which entered the Kent Music Report album chart on 14 October 1974 and reached #32.
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.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Don’t_Be_a_Hero
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