Flashback: “Gallant Men” by Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen

With the passing of one of the all-time great United States senators this past Saturday with the death of Arizona’s John McCain, (Some would also say he was a controversial figure, but I will refrain from doing so while respects to him are being paid.) I thought I’d be a good time to play this hit from late 1966 and early 1967. And yes, this was a hit, peaking at #16 on the Billboard charts.

Mr. Dirksen was a legendary senatorial figure from Illinois, serving in his fourth term as senator upon his death on September 7, 1969. Before that, he was elected as a Congressman from the state in 1930, winning his re-election as a representative seven times.

The 1966 recording broke one distinct statistical mark of the time, with Sen. Dirksen holding the record for a couple of years (later broken by the then 75-year-old Moms Mabley in 1969 with her recording of “Abraham, Martin, and John“) of being the oldest person with a top 40 hit.

I’ll be back after Labor Day – have a safe weekend.

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