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ⓘ The Byrds were a popular folk rock band, from California. Their members included Jim McGuinn, David Crosby, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke. Later ..




The Byrds
                                     

ⓘ The Byrds

The Byrds were a popular folk rock band, from California. Their members included Jim McGuinn, David Crosby, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke. Later band members included Gram Parsons, Clarence White, and Gene Parsons.

The Byrds pioneered folk rock, a blend of folk music with rock and roll. Many of their songs were remakes of Bob Dylans songs, such as "Mr. Tambourine Man", which was their first hit in 1965. They recorded a bright, uplifting version of "Turn, Turn, Turn", which had been adapted by Pete Seeger from Ecclesiastes in the Bible. Other songs were written by band members.

The Byrds recorded "So You Wanna Be a RockNRoll Star?" about the Monkees, not liking the star-making machinery that made the Monkees famous overnight. McGuinn later said the song was about the pop music business, not the Monkees. They softened their opinions, though, once theyd met the band and saw they had real talent. Members of the Byrds played on Monkees recording sessions, and the later band Crosby, Stills & Nash was formed partly from meetings at Peter Torks house.

One Byrds song, "You Showed Me", became a hit for The Turtles late in 1968. The Byrdss lineup changed many times, and after the last new lineup disbanded in 1972, the original members reunited to record an album, titled Byrds.

                                     

1. Discography

  • Younger Than Yesterday 1967
  • Untitled 1970
  • Byrdmaniax 1971
  • Farther Along 1971
  • Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde 1969
  • Sweetheart of the Rodeo 1968
  • Mr. Tambourine Man 1965
  • Turn! Turn! Turn! 1965
  • Ballad of Easy Rider 1969
  • The Notorious Byrd Brothers 1968
  • Fifth Dimension 1966
  • Byrds 1973