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Mr. Tambourine Man – 1965
Turn, Turn, Turn – 1965
I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better – 1965
So You Want to Be a Rock n Roll Star – 1967
The Byrds Discography
1965 – Mr. Tambourine Man
1966 – Fifth Dimension
1966 – Turn! Turn! Turn!
1967 – Younger than Yesterday
1968 – The Notorious Byrd Brothers
1968 – Sweetheart of the Rodeo
1969 – Live at the Fillmore West February 1969
1969 – The Ballad of Easy Rider
1969 – Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde
1970 – Untitled
1971 – Byrdmaniax
1972 – Farther Along
1973 – The Byrds
1989 – Never Before
1995 – Star Rockets
2001 – Play the Songs of Bob Dylan
The Byrds are an American rock band that was established in 1964 in Los Angeles, California. The group formally disbanded in 1973. During that time, the band endured multiple lineup changes, and when all was said it done, there had been 11 members altogether. That membership included Roger McGuinn — known previously as Jim McGuinn — the iconic lead singer and guitarist on many Byrds’ records, and David Crosby, who’s enjoyed a prolific music career solo and also as a part of Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Read more on the Biography page.
The Byrds Membership Timeline 1964 – 1973
Roger McGuinn – lead guitar, banjo, Moog synthesizer, vocals (1964–73, 1989–91, 2000)
Gene Clark – tambourine, rhythm guitar, harmonica, vocals (1964–66, 1967, 1972–73, 1991)
David Crosby – rhythm guitar, vocals (1964–67, 1972–73, 1989–91, 2000)
Michael Clarke – drums (1964–67, 1972–73, 1991)
Chris Hillman – bass guitar, rhythm guitar, mandolin, vocals (1964–68, 1972–73, 1989–91, 2000)
Kevin Kelley – drums (1968)
Gram Parsons – rhythm guitar, piano, organ, vocals (1968)
Clarence White – lead guitar, mandolin, vocals (1968–73)
Gene Parsons – drums, banjo, harmonica, pedal steel guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals (1968–72)
John York – bass guitar, vocals (1968–69)
Skip Battin – bass guitar, piano, vocals (1969–73)
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I find the pop music history of the 60’s to be very fascinating…in 1964; the music scene was basically recycled 1950’s sounds with a lot of Elvis clones. There was the California surf / hot rod sound of the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean.
But…when the Beatles hit America in early 1964, every thing changed forever (also helped by President Kennedy’s assignation on 11/22/63). During 1964, the British invasion shook the music industry…American music was hit by a tidal wave.
By 1965, new American sounds began to emerge…the Motown sound such as Diana Ross and the Supremes, the marriage of Folk music and Rock & Roll. The Byrds were America’s answer to the Beatles…Mr. Tambourine Man, Turn Turn Turn. The new genre of Folk Rock was born…Bob Dylan went electric, Sonny and Cher, Mamas and Papas, The Turtles,…1965 was another transition year….
1966 gave birth to yet another revolution…the Psychedelic Revolution!...the sound that shook the world…The Byrd’s Eight Miles High is considered by many music historians as the first Psychedelic song…they combined Indian Sitar music with John Coltrane’s jazz, along with folk rock…creating something totally different...a metaphysical sensation of flying! The San Francisco sounds of the Jefferson Airplane as well as London’s own Psychedelic Revolution set things in motion…LSD had a catastrophic impact….
The Psychedelic Revolution peeked in 1967 with the summer of love, Monterey Pop Festival, & the Beatle’s Sergeant Pepper album. The Paisley, day-glow images of the counter culture were in full bloom.
1968 would be a transition year with country music & hard rock making a comeback. Other new sounds would come and go…but not as revolutionary as the 1964-1968 period.