Written and first recorded by Laura Nyro (1968).
Also recorded by The Magnificent Men (1969), Brian Auger & The Trinity (1969), Thelma Houston (1970).
Hit version by The 5th Dimension (US #27/MOR #10/CAN #24/AUS #79 1970).
From the wiki: “Laura Nyro wrote ‘Save the Country’ as her reaction to Robert Kennedy’s assassination in June, 1968, and recorded the original version of the song with just a piano accompaniment. It was released as a single in 1968 and did not chart, but would later be included on Nyro’s 1969 album New York Tendaberry, her most commercially-successful album. (‘Time and Love’ from the album would also see commercial release as a single in 1970, by Barbra Streisand.)
“Among early versions of ‘Save the Country’ that didn’t chart was one recorded in 1969 by the seven-piece R&B band, The Magnificent Men, the first white act ever to headline New York City’s Apollo Theater. Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity included their recording of ‘Save the Country’ as the last track of their 1969 double-LP, Streetnoise. Thelma Houston (‘Don’t Leave Me This Way‘) recorded the song after the release of her debut album, Sunshower, in 1969.
The Magnificent Men, “Save the Country” (1969):
Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity, “Save the Country” (1969):
Thelma Houston, “Save the Country” (1970):
The 5th Dimension, “Save the Country” (1970):