Vietnam Music Monday: “Coming Home Soldier”

Coming Home Soldier

“Coming Home Soldier” was released in 1967 on the album Bobby Vinton Sings The Newest Hits. (Newseum collection)

Music played an important cultural role during the Vietnam War, representing the rebellious views of a young generation and the traditional values of an older, so-called “silent majority.” The Newseum selected 40 songs released between 1963 and 1973 that typified the music of the Vietnam era. The songs captured the emotions of people for and against the war and reflected the mood of an increasingly diverse country amid dramatic social and political change.

The 40 songs, part of the Newseum’s “Reporting Vietnam” exhibit, are a fraction of the hundreds of recordings that dealt with the war and civil disobedience. Each week, one song from the playlist will be featured. We encourage you to add your favorite songs of the era to the comment section!

Coming Home Soldier (1966)

Bobby Vinton

Bobby Vinton had a string of pop hits in the early 1960s, including “Roses Are Red (My Love)” and “Blue Velvet.” In 1966, he wrote and recorded “Coming Home Soldier,” about a veteran returning home from the war. Released in 1967, the song immediately became one of the most requested songs on the Armed Forces Vietnam Network.

 

I am soldier
A coming home soldier
No purple heart
Do I wear on my chest
I’m just a soldier
A coming home soldier
I know that I
I’ve done my best

Purchase “Coming Home Soldier” on Amazon or iTunes.

“Reporting Vietnam,” a new exhibit that marks the 50th anniversary of the start of America’s first televised war, explores the dramatic stories of how journalists brought news about the war to a divided nation.

CBS News

Contributing support for the “Reporting Vietnam” exhibit is provided by CBS Corporation, in memory of CBS News correspondent Bob Simon.

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