“The John Birch Society” – The Chad Mitchell Trio (1962)

Although the Chad Mitchell Trio started out singing conventional folk songs in the late 1950s, they had their greatest success with political satire including this song, which was a somewhat dangerous departure considering that McCarthyism was not that far in the past.

Other songs performed by the group were “I Am Not a Nazi Polka,” “Draft Dodger Rag” (written by Phil Ochs), and “Your Friendly Liberal, Neighbourhood Ku-Klux-Clan.”

Tepid now, but not for the time.

The Chad Mitchell Trio went through may personnel changes over the years including bringing in a then-unknown John Denver in 1965. At the time of this recording, The Chad Mitchell Trio at the Bitter End, members beside Mitchell were Joe Frazier and Mike Kobluk.

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