Turn! Turn! Turn! – The Byrds

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………….on December 4th of 1965 The Byrds’ scored their second US number one hit with “Turn! Turn! Turn!”. Unlike their first chart topper, “Mr. Tambourine Man”, the entire band was allowed to play on the recording instead of studio musicians. The master recording of the song reportedly took 78 takes, spread over five days of recording, to complete. “Turn! Turn! Turn!” made it to #26 in the UK.This was written by Pete Seeger, an influential folk singer and activist. The lyrics are taken almost verbatim from the book of Ecclesiastes, as found in the King James Version (1611) of the Bible (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8), though the sequence of the words was rearranged for the song. Ecclesiastes is traditionally ascribed to King Solomon who would have written it in the 10th century BC, but believed by a significant group of biblical scholars to date much later, up to the third century BC. The song was first released by the folk group the Limeliters on their 1962 album Folk Matinee, under the title “To Everything There Is a Season”. The Limeliters’ version predated the release of Seeger’s own version by several months.Seeger recorded it before The Byrds covered it as a follow-up to their hit “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Before he recorded this song with The Byrds, Jim McGuinn (who later went by Roger) played acoustic 12-string guitar on Judy Collins’ 1964 version, which appears on her album Judy Collins #3. He also worked up the arrangement with Collins. When The Byrds started working on this song, McGuinn and David Crosby devised a new arrangement of Seeger’s original.