(May 27, 2013 – Memorial Day bonus): Honey Ltd. – The Warrior

From the 13 CD boxed set, Next Stop is Vietnam: The War on Record: 1961-2008.  This is a boxed set full of conflicting voices, with a foreword written by Country Joe McDonald. This tune first appeared as the opening track on the 1968 LP, Honey Ltd.  It is performed live here as part of Bob Hope’s 1968 USO tour of Vietnam and Hope even does the introduction.  I used to love seeing the Bob Hope USO broadcasts, including right up to the end — Hope’s last tour in 1990 for Operation Desert Shield forces.  The gags and jokes were great and I liked the fact that Hope didn’t sugar coat.  In 1966 he told the troops during his Christmas tour, “I bring you news from home, the country is behind you 50 per-cent.”

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