This um, strange version of this song was recorded six years before Tiny Tim made this version famous. With vocals by Barry "Eve Of Destruction" McGuire. By 1963, The New Christy Minstrels would have their biggest hit "Green, Green".
In the summer of 1964, they hosted a half-hour variety show on NBC that lasted 5 weeks.
However by the mid-1960s, as folk music became electrified with more challenging lyrics, the Christy's brand of squeaky clean, sing-along folk was becoming embarrassingly square and they declined in popularity. However they remain active under their own non-profit, The New Christy Minstrels Foundation.
Other famous members of The New Christy Minstrels at one time or another included Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes ("Bette Davis Eyes"), actress Karen Black, Gene Clark of The Byrds and Larry Ramos, who would later sing co-lead on "Windy" and "Never My Love" by The Association.