The Byrds

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The Byrds
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Folk rock, country rock, psychedelic rock, pop music
Years active 1964–1973; 1989-1990
Labels Columbia
Website www.byrds.com
Past members
Roger McGuinn
Gene Clark
David Crosby
Chris Hillman
Michael Clarke
Kevin Kelley
Gram Parsons
Clarence White
Gene Parsons
John York
Skip Battin
John Guerin

The Byrds were a popular 1960s rock band, from California. Their members included Jim McGuinn (who later changed his name to Roger), 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 Dylan's songs, such as "Mr. Tambourine Man", which was their first hit. They recorded a bright, uplifting version of "Turn, Turn, Turn", which was adapted by Pete Seeger from Ecclesiastes in the Bible. Other songs were written by band members.

The Byrds recorded "So You Wanna Be a Rock'N'Roll Star?" about the Monkees, not liking the star-making machinery that made the Monkees famous overnight.[source?] They softened their opinions, though, once they'd 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 Tork's house.

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

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