The Byrds


The Byrds

The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1964) were an American rock band.

The Byrds were popular and influential through the latter part of the 1960s and early 1970s.


Jim (Roger) McGuinn - vocals, 12-string guitar

David Crosby - vocals, rhythm guitar

Gene Clark - vocals, tambourine

Mike Clarke - drums

Chris Hillman - bass

This lineup persisted for one year (1965, exactly), after which Clark left for good. Crosby followed suite in 1967, followed by Clarke. Replaced by Gram Parsons (guitar, vocals), Kevin Kelley (drums). Parsons was a good dude and a talented songwriter; unfortunately, taking Hillman with him, he quit in late 1968, after which Roger McGuinn was left as the only original 'Byrd'. Not feeling any particular remorse, he assembled a new gang, among them Clarence White (guitar), Gene Parsons (drums), John York (bass, replaced in late 1969 by Skip Battin). These became the 'Byrds Mark II', and critics usually bash the life out of them. The most interesting thing is that all of the original Byrds re-united in 1973 for an album, but it was panned just as well (unjustly), and that was the last we ever saw of the Byrds. The Byrds disbanded in 1973.


Average album rating 1965 Mr. Tambourine Man  
Average album rating 1965 Turn! Turn! Turn!  
Average album rating 1966 Fifth Dimension  
Average album rating 1967 Younger Than Yesterday  
Average album rating 1968 The Notorious Byrd Brothers  
Average album rating 1968 Sweetheart of the Rodeo  
Average album rating 1969 Live at the Fillmore West February 1969  Live
Average album rating 1969 Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde  
Average album rating 1969 Ballad of Easy Rider  
Average album rating 1970 Untitled / Unissued  
Average album rating 1971 Byrdmaniax  
Average album rating 1971 Farther Along  
Average album rating 1973 The Byrds  
Average album rating 1988 In the Beginning  
Average album rating 1999 The Byrds' Greatest Hits  Compilation