The year was 1967, and I had just rotated with my unit from Chu Lai, [South] Vietnam to Iwakuni, Japan for resupply and some down time. We stayed for about a month and half before returning to Vietnam to complete our rotation of 13-months. We arrived back in Vietnam in November, and in January all hell broke loose with the Têt Offensive of 1968 (Vietnam’s Battle of the Bulge). I finally departed the Land of the Little People in February of that same year. My time in Vietnam had finally come to an end. Now the hard part was ahead of me—going home.
Three songs remain solidly fixed in my mind from that time: If You’re Going To San Francisco [ … then wear some flowers in your hair) by Scott McKenzie; Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the immortal Beatles and the theme song from The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (which I dubbed the whistle song) by Hugo Montenegro. I don’t remember much from my time in Japan, as I was drunk out of my mind almost every single night. But I do remember listening to that iconic music over and over and over again in the Bar-7 at 3-corners.
This is a unique rendition of: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. Give it a listen, I think that you will enjoy it. Bad Gary hooked me up with this particular version. For those youngsters out there who don’t know The Good, The Bad And The Ugly—it is the vehicle (the spaghetti westerns) that launched the career of Clint Eastwood.