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.