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Ingram Cecil Connor III (November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973), known professionally as Gram Parsons, was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. Parsons is best known for his work within the country music genre. He also popularized what he called "Cosmic American Music", a hybrid of country, rhythm and blues, soul, folk, and rock.[1][2] He recorded as a solo artist, and with the International Submarine Band, The Byrds, and The Flying Burrito Brothers. His relatively short career was described by AllMusic as "enormously influential" for country and rock, "blending the two genres to the point that they became indistinguishable from each other."[3] Parsons was born in Winter Haven, Florida, and developed an interest in country music while attending Harvard University. He founded the International Submarine Band in 1966 and, after several months of delay, their debut album Safe at Home
Safe at Home
was released in 1968 (by which time the group had disbanded). Parsons joined The Byrds
The Byrds
in early 1968, and played a pivotal role in the making of the seminal Sweetheart of the Rodeo album. After leaving the group in late 1968, Parsons and fellow Byrd Chris Hillman
Chris Hillman
formed The Flying Burrito Brothers
The Flying Burrito Brothers
in 1969, releasing their debut, The Gilded Palace of Sin, the same year. The album was well received but failed commercially. After a sloppy cross-country tour, they hastily recorded Burrito Deluxe. Parsons was fired from the band before its release in early 1970. He soon signed with A&M Records, but after several unproductive sessions he canceled his intended solo debut in early 1971. Parsons moved to France, where he lived for a short period at Villa Nellcôte
Villa Nellcôte
with his friend Keith Richards
Keith Richards
of The Rolling Stones. Returning to America, Parsons met Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris
through his friend and former bandmate Chris Hillman. She assisted him on vocals for his first solo record, GP, released in 1973. Although it received enthusiastic reviews, the release failed to chart. His next album, Grievous Angel, met with a similar reception, and peaked at number 195 on the Billboard chart. His health deteriorated under several years of alcohol and drug abuse, and he died in 1973 at the age of 26. Since his death, Parsons has been credited with helping to found both country rock and alt-country. He did not consider his work "country rock" because he felt it should not be categorized in a single genre because it was a unique blend of many genres and styles of music with his own personal twang.[3] His posthumous honors include the Americana Music Association "President's Award" for 2003, and a ranking at No. 87 on Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time."[4]

Contents

1 Life and career

1.1 Early years (1946–67) 1.2 The Byrds
The Byrds
(1968) 1.3 The Flying Burrito Brothers
The Flying Burrito Brothers
(1969–70) 1.4 Solo career and touring with Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris
(1970–73) 1.5 Death

2 Legacy 3 Discography

3.1 Tribute albums

4 Notes 5 References

5.1 Bibliography

6 External links

Life and career[edit] Early years (1946–67)[edit] Ingram Cecil Connor III was born on November 5, 1946, in Winter Haven, Florida, to Ingram Cecil ("Coon Dog") and Avis (née Snively) Connor.[5] The Connors normally resided at their main residence in Waycross, Georgia, but Avis traveled to her hometown in Florida to give birth.[5] She was the daughter of citrus fruit magnate John A. Snively, who held extensive properties in Winter Haven and in Waycross. Parsons' father was a famous World War II
World War II
flying ace, decorated with the Air Medal, who was present at the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.[6] Biographer David Meyer characterized Parsons' parents as loving, writing in Twenty Thousand Roads that they are "remembered as affectionate parents and a loving couple".[5] However, he also notes that "unhappiness was eating away at the Connor family": Avis suffered from depression, and both parents were alcoholics.[7] Parsons' father committed suicide two days before Christmas
Christmas
in 1958, devastating the 12 year old Gram and his younger sister, Little Avis.[8] Avis subsequently married Robert Parsons, whose surname was adopted by Gram and his sister. Parsons briefly attended the prestigious Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
before transferring to the public Winter Haven High School; after failing his junior year, he returned to Bolles (which had subsequently converted from a military to a liberal arts curriculum amid the incipient Vietnam War) at the behest of a family friend. For a time, the family found a stability of sorts. They were torn apart in early 1965, when Robert became embroiled in an extramarital affair and Avis' heavy drinking led to her death from cirrhosis on June 5, 1965, the day of Gram's graduation from Bolles.[9] As his family disintegrated around him, Parsons developed strong musical interests, particularly after seeing Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
perform in concert on February 22, 1956, in Waycross.[10] Five years later, while barely in his teens, he played in rock and roll cover bands such as the Pacers and the Legends, headlining in clubs owned by his stepfather in the Winter Haven/Polk County area. By the age of 16 he graduated to folk music, and in 1963 he teamed with his first professional outfit, the Shilos, in Greenville, South Carolina. Heavily influenced by The Kingston Trio
The Kingston Trio
and The Journeymen,[11] the band played hootenannies, coffee houses and high school auditoriums; as Parsons was still enrolled in prep school, he only performed with the group in select engagements. Forays into New York City (where Parsons briefly cohabited with a female folk singer in a loft on Houston Street) included a performance at Florida's exhibition in the 1964 New York World's Fair
1964 New York World's Fair
and regular appearances at the Café Rafio on Bleecker Street
Bleecker Street
in Greenwich Village
Greenwich Village
in the summer of 1964. Although John Phillips (an acquaintance of Shilo George Wrigley) facilitated an exploratory meeting with Albert Grossman, the impresario balked at booking the group for a Christmas
Christmas
engagement at The Bitter End
The Bitter End
when he discovered that the Shilos were high school students.[12] Following a recording session at the radio station of Bob Jones University, the group—encumbered by a creative impasse amid the emergence of folk rock—dissolved in the spring of 1965. Despite his middling grades and test scores, Parsons was admitted to Harvard University's class of 1969 on the basis of a strong admissions essay. Although he claimed to have studied theology (an oblique reference to his close friendship with his residential tutor, Harvard Divinity School graduate student Jet Thomas) in subsequent interviews, Parsons seldom attended his general education courses before departing after one semester in early 1966. However, he did not become seriously interested in country music until his time at Harvard, where he heard Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard
for the first time. In 1966, he and other musicians from the Boston folk scene formed a group called the International Submarine Band. After briefly residing in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, they relocated to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
the following year. Following several lineup changes, the band signed to Lee Hazlewood's LHI Records, where they spent late 1967 recording Safe at Home. The album contains one of Parsons' best-known songs, "Luxury Liner", and an early version of "Do You Know How It Feels", which he revised later on in his career. Safe at Home
Safe at Home
would remain unreleased until mid-1968, by which time the International Submarine Band had broken up. The Byrds
The Byrds
(1968)[edit] By 1968, Parsons had come to the attention of The Byrds' bassist, Chris Hillman, via business manager Larry Spector as a possible replacement band member following the departures of David Crosby
David Crosby
and Michael Clarke from the group in late 1967.[13][14] Parsons had been acquainted with Hillman since the pair had met in a bank during 1967 and in February 1968 he passed an audition for the band, being initially recruited as a jazz pianist but soon switching to rhythm guitar and vocals.[13][15] Although Parsons was an equal contributor to the band, he was not regarded as a full member of The Byrds
The Byrds
by the band's record label, Columbia Records.[16] Consequently, when the Byrds' Columbia recording contract was renewed on February 29, 1968, it was only original members Roger McGuinn
Roger McGuinn
and Chris Hillman
Chris Hillman
who signed it.[16] Parsons, like fellow new recruit Kevin Kelley, was hired as a sideman and received a salary from McGuinn and Hillman.[17] In later years, this led Hillman to state, "Gram was hired. He was not a member of The Byrds, ever. He was on salary, that was the only way we could get him to turn up."[18] However, these comments overlook the fact that Parsons, like Kelley, was considered a bona fide member of the band during 1968 and, as such, was given equal billing alongside McGuinn, Hillman, and Kelley on the Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Sweetheart of the Rodeo
album and in contemporary press coverage of the band.[19]

"Being with The Byrds
The Byrds
confused me a little. I couldn't find my place. I didn't have enough say-so. I really wasn't one of The Byrds. I was originally hired because they wanted a keyboard player. But I had experience being a frontman and that came out immediately. And [Roger McGuinn] being a very perceptive fellow saw that it would help the act, and he started sticking me out front."

Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
reflecting on his time with The Byrds[20]

Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Sweetheart of the Rodeo
was originally conceived by band leader Roger McGuinn as a sprawling, double album history of American popular music.[21] It was to begin with bluegrass music, then move through country and western, jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock music, before finally ending with the most advanced (for the time) form of electronic music.[15] However, as recording plans were made, Parsons exerted a controlling influence over the group, persuading the other members to leave Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and record the album in Nashville, Tennessee.[16] Along the way, McGuinn's original album concept was jettisoned in favor of a fully fledged country project, which included Parsons' songs such as "One Hundred Years from Now" and "Hickory Wind", along with compositions by Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Merle Haggard, and others.[22] Recording sessions for Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Sweetheart of the Rodeo
commenced at Columbia Records' recording studios in the Music Row
Music Row
area of Nashville on March 9, 1968.[15] Midway through, the sessions moved to Columbia Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles. They finally came to a close on May 27, 1968.[15][23] However, Parsons was still under contract to LHI Records and consequently, Hazlewood contested Parsons' appearance on the album and threatened legal action.[21] As a result, McGuinn ended up replacing three of Parsons' lead vocals with his own singing on the finished album, a move that still rankled Parsons as late as 1973, when he told Cameron Crowe
Cameron Crowe
in an interview that McGuinn "erased it and did the vocals himself and fucked it up."[24] However, Parsons is still featured as lead vocalist on the songs "You're Still on My Mind", "Life in Prison", and "Hickory Wind".[22] While in England with The Byrds
The Byrds
in the summer of 1968, Parsons left the band due to his concerns over a planned concert tour of South Africa, and after speaking to Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger
and Keith Richards
Keith Richards
about the tour, he cited opposition to that country's apartheid policies.[15] There has been some doubt expressed by Hillman over the sincerity of Parsons' protest.[25] It appears that Parsons was mostly apolitical, although he did refer to one of the younger African-American butlers in the Connor household as being "like a brother" to him in an interview.[citation needed] During this period Parsons became acquainted with Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger
and Keith Richards
Keith Richards
of The Rolling Stones.[26] Before Parsons' departure from The Byrds, he had accompanied the two Rolling Stones to Stonehenge
Stonehenge
(along with McGuinn and Hillman) in the English county of Wiltshire.[27] Immediately after leaving the band, Parsons stayed at Richards' house and the pair developed a close friendship over the next few years, with Parsons reintroducing the guitarist to country music.[28] According to Stones' confidant and close friend of Parsons, Phil Kaufman, the two would sit around for hours playing obscure country records and trading off on various songs with their guitars.[29] The Flying Burrito Brothers
The Flying Burrito Brothers
(1969–70)[edit]

Parsons's Nudie suit
Nudie suit
in the Country Music Hall of Fame
Country Music Hall of Fame
in Nashville

Returning to Los Angeles, Parsons sought out Hillman, and the two formed The Flying Burrito Brothers
The Flying Burrito Brothers
with bassist Chris Ethridge and pedal steel player Sneaky Pete Kleinow. Their 1969 album The Gilded Palace of Sin marked the culmination of Parsons' post-1966 musical vision: a modernized variant of the Bakersfield sound that was popularized by Buck Owens
Buck Owens
amalgamated with strands of soul and psychedelic rock. The band appeared on the album cover wearing Nudie suits emblazoned with all sorts of hippie accoutrements, including marijuana, Tuinal
Tuinal
and Seconal-inspired patches on Parsons' suit. Along with the Parsons-Hillman originals "Christine's Tune" and "Sin City" were versions of the soul music classics "The Dark End of the Street" and "Do Right Woman", the latter featuring David Crosby
David Crosby
on high harmony. The album's original songs were the result of a very productive songwriting partnership between Parsons and Hillman, who were sharing a bachelor pad in the San Fernando Valley
San Fernando Valley
during this period. The atypically pronounced (for Parsons) gospel-soul influence on this album likely evolved from the ecumenical tastes of bassist Chris Ethridge (who co-wrote "Hot Burrito No. 1 [I'm Your Toy]" and "Hot Burrito No. 2" with Parsons) and frequent jamming with Delaney & Bonnie and Richards during the album's gestation. Original drummer Eddie Hoh
Eddie Hoh
(best known for his work with The Monkees and Al Kooper) proved to be unable to perform adequate takes due to an incipient substance abuse problem and was dismissed after two songs, leading the group to record the remainder of the album with a variety of session drummers, including former International Submarine Band drummer Jon Corneal (who appeared on a plurality of the tracks) and Popeye Phillips of Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. Before commencing live performances, the group ultimately settled upon original Byrd Michael Clarke as a permanent replacement. Although technically maladroit, Clarke's striking physical appearance proved to be the primary criterion in this decision; an associate of the band would later recall that "the Burritos had to be pretty" and "Corneal didn't fit" from that standpoint.[30] Though not a commercial success, the album was measured by rock critic Robert Christgau
Robert Christgau
as "an ominous, obsessive, tongue-in-cheek country-rock synthesis, absorbing rural and urban, traditional and contemporary, at point of impact." Embarking on a cross-country tour via train, as Parsons suffered from periodic bouts of fear of flying, the group squandered most of their money in a perpetual poker game and received bewildered reactions in most cities. Parsons was frequently indulging in massive quantities of psilocybin and cocaine, so his performances were erratic at best, while much of the band's repertoire consisted of vintage honky-tonk and soul standards with few originals. Perhaps the most successful appearance occurred in Philadelphia, where the group opened for the reconstituted Byrds. Midway through their set, Parsons joined the headline act and fronted his former group on renditions of "Hickory Wind" and "You Don't Miss Your Water". The other Burritos surfaced with the exception of Clarke, and the joint aggregation played several songs, including "Long Black Veil" and "Goin' Back". After returning to Los Angeles, the group recorded "The Train Song", written during an increasingly infrequent songwriting session on the train and produced by 1950s R&B legends Larry Williams
Larry Williams
and Johnny "Guitar" Watson. Despite a request from the Burritos that the remnants of their publicity budget be diverted to promotion of the single, it also flopped. During this period, Ethridge realized that he did not share Parsons' and Hillman's affinity for country music, precipitating his departure shortly thereafter. He was replaced by lead guitarist Bernie Leadon, while Hillman reverted to bass. By this time, Parsons's own use of drugs had increased so much that new songs were rare and much of his time was diverted to partying with the Stones, who briefly relocated to America in the summer of 1969 to finish their forthcoming Let It Bleed
Let It Bleed
album and prepare for an autumn cross-country tour, their first series of regular live engagements since 1967. While they prepared to play the nation's largest basketball arenas and early stadium concerts, the Burritos played to dwindling nightclub audiences; on one occasion, Jagger had to literally order Parsons to fulfill an obligation to his group. As Parsons "became a trust-fund baby when he came of age," he was still receiving about $30,000 per year (equivalent to $196,000 in 2016)[31] from his family trust during this period, "distinguishing him from his many hungry, hard-scrabble peers."[32] However, the singer's dedication to the Rolling Stones was rewarded when the Burrito Brothers were booked as one of the acts at the infamous Altamont Music Festival. Playing a short set including "Six Days on the Road" and "Bony Moronie", Parsons left on one of the final helicopters and attempted to seduce Michelle Phillips. "Six Days..." was included in Gimme Shelter, a documentary of the event. With mounting debt incurred, A&M hoped to recoup some of their losses by marketing the Burritos as a straight country group. To this end, manager Jim Dickson instigated a loose session where the band recorded several honky tonk staples from their live act, contemporary pop covers in a countrified vein ("To Love Somebody", "Lodi", "I Shall Be Released", "Honky Tonk Women"), and Larry Williams' "Bony Moronie". This was soon scrapped in favor of a second album of originals on an extremely reduced budget. Faced with a dearth of new material, most of the album was hastily written in the studio by Leadon, Hillman, and Parsons, with two Gilded Palace of Sin outtakes thrown into the mix. The resulting album, entitled Burrito Deluxe, was released in April 1970. Although it is considered less inspired than its predecessor, it is notable for the Parsons-Hillman-Leadon song "Older Guys" and for its take on Jagger and Richards' "Wild Horses", the first recording released of this famous song. Parsons was inspired to cover the song after hearing an advance tape of the Sticky Fingers
Sticky Fingers
track sent to Kleinow, who was scheduled to overdub a pedal steel part; although Kleinow's part was not included on the released Rolling Stones version, it is available on bootlegs.[33] Ultimately—and to the chagrin of Hillman, who was not keen on the song amid the band's creative malaise—Jagger and Richards consented to the cover version.[34] Like its predecessor, Burrito Deluxe underperformed commercially but also failed to carry the critical cachet of the debut. Disenchanted with the band, Parsons left the Burritos in mutual agreement with Hillman, who was long fatigued by his friend's unprofessionalism. Under Hillman's direction, the group recorded two further LPs. In a recent interview with American Songwriter Chris Hillman
Chris Hillman
explained that "[t]he greatest legacy of the Flying Burrito Brothers and Gram is we were the alternative country band. We couldn't get on country radio and we couldn't get on rock radio! We were the outlaw country band for a brief period."[35] Solo career and touring with Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris
(1970–73)[edit] Parsons signed a solo deal with A&M Records and moved in with producer Terry Melcher
Terry Melcher
in early 1970.[36] Melcher, who had worked with The Byrds
The Byrds
and The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys
and had rejected producing unknown singer-songwriter Charles Manson, was a member of the successful duo Bruce & Terry, also known as The Rip Chords. The two shared a mutual penchant for cocaine and heroin, and as a result, the sessions were largely unproductive, with Parsons eventually losing interest in the project. "Terry loved Gram and wanted to produce him ... But neither of them could get anything done," recalled writer and mutual friend Eve Babitz.[37] "Long lost, the tapes from this session have gathered a legendary patina," writes David Meyer.[38] The recording stalled, and the master tapes were checked out, but there is conflict as to whether "Gram ... or Melcher took them".[39] He then accompanied the Rolling Stones on their 1971 U.K. tour in the hope of being signed to the newly formed Rolling Stones Records; by this juncture, Parsons and Richards had mulled the possibility of recording a duo album. Moving into Villa Nellcôte
Villa Nellcôte
with the guitarist during the sessions for Exile on Main Street that commenced thereafter, Parsons remained in a consistently incapacitated state and frequently quarreled with his much younger girlfriend, aspiring actress Gretchen Burrell. Eventually, Parsons was asked to leave by Anita Pallenberg, Richards' longtime domestic partner. Decades later, Richards suggested in his memoir that Jagger may have been the real driver for Parsons' departure because Richards was spending so much time playing music with Parsons. Rumors have persisted that he appears somewhere on the legendary album, and while Richards concedes that it is very likely he is among the chorus of singers on "Sweet Virginia", to this day this has not been substantiated. Parsons attempted to rekindle his relationship with the band on their 1972 American tour to no avail. After leaving the Stones' camp, Parsons married Burrell in 1971 at his stepfather's New Orleans estate. Allegedly, the relationship was far from stable, with Burrell cutting a needy and jealous figure while Parsons quashed her burgeoning film career. Many of the singer's closest associates and friends claim that Parsons was preparing to commence divorce proceedings at the time of his death; the couple had already separated by this point.

Parsons in 1972

Parsons and Burrell enjoyed the most idyllic time of their relationship in the second half of 1971, visiting old cohorts like Ian Dunlop and Family/Blind Faith/Traffic member Ric Grech
Ric Grech
in England. With the assistance of Grech and one of the bassist's friends, a doctor who also dabbled in country music and is now known as Hank Wangford,[40] Parsons eventually stopped taking heroin; a previous treatment suggested by William Burroughs
William Burroughs
proved unsuccessful. He returned to the US for a one-off concert with the Burritos, and at Hillman's request went to hear Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris
sing in a small club in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
They befriended each other and, within a year, he asked her to join him in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
for another attempt to record his first solo album. It came as a surprise to many when Parsons was enthusiastically signed to Reprise Records
Reprise Records
by Mo Ostin in mid-1972. GP, released in 1973, featured Elvis Presley's lead guitarist James Burton, and featured new songs from a creatively revitalized Parsons such as "Big Mouth Blues" and "Kiss the Children," as well as a cover of Tompall Glaser's "Streets of Baltimore". Parsons, by now featuring Harris as his duet partner, played dates across the United States as Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
and the Fallen Angels. Unable to afford the services of Presley's band for a month, the band featured the talents of Colorado-based rock guitarist Jock Bartley (soon to skyrocket to fame with Firefall), veteran Nashville session musician Neil Flanz on pedal steel, eclectic bassist Kyle Tullis (best known for his work with Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton
and Larry Coryell) and former Mountain drummer N.D. Smart. The touring party also included Gretchen Parsons—by this point extremely envious of Harris—and Harris' young daughter. Coordinating the spectacle as road manager was Phil Kaufman, who had served time with Charles Manson
Charles Manson
on Terminal Island
Terminal Island
in the mid-sixties and first met Parsons while working for the Stones in 1968. Kaufman ensured that the performer stayed away from substance abuse, limiting his alcohol intake during shows and throwing out any drugs smuggled into hotel rooms. At first, the band was under-rehearsed and played poorly; however, they improved markedly with steady gigging and received rapturous responses at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas, Max's Kansas City in New York City, and Liberty Hall in Houston, Texas
Houston, Texas
(with Neil Young
Neil Young
and Linda Ronstadt sitting in for a filmed performance). According to a number of sources, it was Harris who forced the band to practice and work up an actual set list. Nevertheless, the tour failed to galvanize sales of GP, which never charted in the Billboard 200.[41] For his next and final album, 1974's posthumously released Grievous Angel, he again used Harris and members of the Presley band for the sessions. The record received even more enthusiastic reviews than had GP, and has since attained classic status. Its most celebrated song is a Parsons-Harris duet cover of "Love Hurts," a song that remains in Harris' solo repertoire. Notable Parsons-penned songs included "$1000 Wedding," a holdover from the Burrito Brothers era, and "Brass Buttons," a 1965 opus which addresses his mother's alcoholism. Also included was a new version of "Hickory Wind" and "Ooh Las Vegas," co-written with Grech and dating from the GP sessions. Despite the fact that Parsons only contributed two new songs to the album ("In My Hour of Darkness" and "Return of the Grievous Angel"), he was highly enthused with his new sound and seemed to have finally adopted a serious, diligent mindset to his musical career, eschewing most drugs (including alcohol) during the sessions. Before recording, Parsons and Harris played a preliminary three show mini-tour as the headline act in a Warner Brothers country-rock package. The backing band included Clarence White, Pete Kleinow, and Chris Etheridge. On July 14, 1973, White was killed by a drunk driver in Palmdale, California
California
while loading equipment in his car for a concert with the New Kentucky Colonels. At White's funeral, Parsons and Bernie Leadon
Bernie Leadon
launched into an impromptu touching rendition of "Farther Along"; that evening, Parsons reportedly informed Phil Kaufman of his final wish: to be cremated in Joshua Tree. Despite the almost insurmountable setback, Parsons, Harris, and the other musicians decided to continue with plans for a fall tour. In the summer of 1973, Parsons' Topanga Canyon
Topanga Canyon
home burned to the ground, the result of a stray cigarette. Nearly all of his possessions were destroyed with the exception of a guitar and a prized Jaguar automobile. The fire proved to be the last straw in the relationship between Burrell and Parsons, who moved into a spare room in Kaufman's house. While not recording, he frequently hung out and jammed with members of New Jersey–based country rockers Quacky Duck and His Barnyard Friends and the proto-punk Jonathan Richman
Jonathan Richman
& the Modern Lovers, who were managed by Eddie Tickner. Before formally breaking up with Burrell, Parsons already had a woman waiting in the wings. While recording, he saw a photo of a beautiful woman at a friend's home and was instantly smitten. The woman turned out to be Margaret Fisher, a high school sweetheart of the singer from his Waycross, Georgia
Waycross, Georgia
days. Like Parsons, Fisher had drifted west and became established in the Bay Area rock scene. A meeting was arranged and the two instantly rekindled their relationship, with Fisher dividing her weeks between Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and San Francisco at Parsons' expense. Death[edit] Main article: Death of Gram Parsons In the late 1960s, Parsons became enamored of Joshua Tree National Monument (now Joshua Tree National Park) in southeastern California. After splitting from Burrell, Parsons would frequently spend his weekends in the area with Margaret Fisher and Phil Kaufman. Parsons was scheduled to begin another tour in October 1973. Parsons decided to go on one more excursion before this tour. Accompanying him were Fisher, personal assistant Michael Martin, and Dale McElroy, Martin's girlfriend. Less than two days after arriving at the Joshua Tree Inn in Room #8, Parsons was discovered unresponsive in his bedroom. Attempts to revive him failed and death was officially pronounced at 12:15 am on September 19, 1973 at Hi-Desert Memorial Hospital.[42] Parsons was 26 years old at the time of his death and the official cause of death was an overdose of morphine and alcohol.[43][44] According to Fisher in the 2005 biography Grievous Angel: An Intimate Biography of Gram Parsons, the amount of morphine consumed by Parsons would be lethal to three regular users; thus, he had likely overestimated his tolerance in light of his recent abstinence despite his experience with opiates. Keith Richards
Keith Richards
stated in the 2004 documentary film Fallen Angel that Parsons understood the danger of combining opiates and alcohol and should have known better. Upon Parsons' death, Fisher and McElroy were returned to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
by Kaufman, who dispersed the remnants of Parsons' drugs in the desert. Before his death, Parsons stated that he wanted his body cremated at Joshua Tree and his ashes spread over Cap Rock, a prominent natural feature there; however, Parsons' stepfather Bob organized a private ceremony back in New Orleans and neglected to invite any of his friends from the music industry.[44] Two accounts state that Bob Parsons stood to inherit Gram's share of his grandfather's estate if he could prove that Gram was a resident of Louisiana, explaining his eagerness to have him buried there.[45][46]

Parsons' makeshift memorial in Joshua Tree, California

To fulfill Parsons' funeral wishes, Kaufman and a friend stole his body from Los Angeles
Los Angeles
International Airport and in a borrowed hearse, they drove it to Joshua Tree. Upon reaching the Cap Rock section of the park, they attempted to cremate Parsons' corpse by pouring five gallons of gasoline into the open coffin and throwing a lit match inside. What resulted was an enormous fireball. The police gave chase but, as one account puts it, "were encumbered by sobriety," and the men escaped.[44] The two were arrested several days later. Since there was no law against stealing a dead body, they were only fined $750[47] for stealing the coffin and were not prosecuted for leaving 35 pounds (16 kg) of his charred remains in the desert. Parsons's body, what remained of it, was eventually buried in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Metairie, Louisiana. The site of Parsons' cremation was marked by a small concrete slab and was presided over by a large rock flake known to rock climbers as The Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
Memorial Hand Traverse.[48] The slab has since been removed by the U.S. National Park Service, and relocated to the Joshua Tree Inn. There is no monument at Cap Rock noting Parsons' cremation at the site.[49] Joshua Tree park guides are given the option to tell the story of Parsons' cremation during tours, but there is no mention of the act in official maps or brochures.[49] Fans regularly assemble simple rock structures and writings on the rock, which the park service sand blasts to remove from time to time.[49] Legacy[edit] Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Stephen Thomas Erlewine
of AllMusic describes Parsons as "enormously influential" for both country and rock, "blending the two genres to the point that they became indistinguishable from each other. ... His influence could still be heard well into the next millennium."[3] In his essay on Parsons for Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
magazine's "100 Greatest Artist" list, Keith Richards
Keith Richards
notes that Parsons' recorded music output was "pretty minimal." But nevertheless, Richards claims that Parsons' "effect on country music is enormous[, t]his is why we're talking about him now."[4] The 2003 film Grand Theft Parsons
Grand Theft Parsons
stars Johnny Knoxville
Johnny Knoxville
as Phil Kaufman and chronicles a farcical version of the theft of Parsons' corpse. In 2006, the Gandulf Hennig-directed documentary film titled Gram Parsons: Fallen Angel was released. Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris
has continued to champion Parsons' work throughout her career, covering a number of his songs over the years, including "Hickory Wind", "Wheels", "Sin City", "Luxury Liner", and "Hot Burrito No. 2". Harris's songs "Boulder to Birmingham", from her 1975 album Pieces of the Sky, and "The Road", from her 2011 album Hard Bargain, are tributes to Parsons.[50] In addition, her 1985 album The Ballad of Sally Rose is an original concept album that includes many allusions to Parsons in its narrative.[51] The song "My Man", written by Bernie Leadon
Bernie Leadon
and performed by the Eagles on their album On the Border, is a tribute to Gram Parsons.[52] Both Leadon and Parsons were members of the Flying Burrito Brothers during the late 1960s and early 1970s.[53] The 1973 album Crazy Eyes by Poco
Poco
pays homage to Parsons, as Richie Furay composed the title track in honor of him, and sings one of Parsons' own compositions, "Brass Buttons." The album was released four days before Parsons died. A music festival called Gram Fest or the Cosmic American Music Festival was held annually in honor of Parsons in Joshua Tree, California, between 1996 and 2006. The show featured tunes written by Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
and Gene Clark
Gene Clark
as well as influential songs and musical styles from other artists that were part of that era. Performers were also encouraged to showcase their own material. The underlying theme of the event is to inspire the performers to take these musical styles to the next level of the creative process. Past concerts have featured such notable artists as Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Chris Ethridge, Spooner Oldham, John Molo, Jack Royerton, Gib Guilbeau, Counting Crows, Bob Warford, Rosie Flores, David Lowery, Barry and Holly Tashian, George Tomsco, Jann Browne, Lucinda Williams, Polly Parsons, The "Road Mangler" Phil Kaufman, Ben Fong-Torres, Victoria Williams, Mark Olson, and Sid Griffin, as well as a variety of many other bands that had played over the two or three day event. In addition, the Gram Parsons Tribute, in Waycross, Georgia, is a music festival remembering Parsons in the town in which he grew up. Additional tributes spring up every year, the latest being the Southern California
California
"Gram On!" celebration by The Rickenbastards in July, 2013, celebrating the life and legacy of a simple country boy with a dream, Gram Parsons. In February 2008, Gram's protégée, Emmylou Harris, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Despite his influence, however, Parsons has yet to be inducted. Radley Balko
Radley Balko
has written that "Parsons may be the most influential artist yet to be inducted to either the Rock and Roll or Country Music Hall(s) of Fame. And it's a damned shame."[54] The Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
Petition Project (now Gram ParsonsInterNational)[55] was begun in May 2008 in support of an ongoing drive to induct Parsons into the Country Music Hall of Fame. On September 19, 2008, the 35th anniversary of Parsons' death, it was first presented to the Country Music Association
Country Music Association
(CMA) and Hall as a "List of Supporters" together with the official Nomination Proposal.[56] The online List of Supporters reached 10,000 on the 40th anniversary of his death, with more than 13,000 currently listed. Annual Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
InterNational concerts in Nashville and various other cities, now in the 11th year, support the petition cause as do other such tribute events. In November 2009, the musical theatre production Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
premiered, starring Anders Drerup as Gram Parsons and Kelly Prescott as Emmylou Harris.[57] Directed by Michael Bate and co-written by Bate and David McDonald, the production was inspired by a March 1973 interview that Bate conducted with Parsons, which became Parsons' last recorded conversation.[58] In 2012, Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit released the single "Emmylou" from the album The Lion's Roar. The song's chorus is a lyrical acknowledgment of the Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
and Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris
singing partnership,[59] and to the romantic relationship between them that never fully developed before his death.[60][61] In the fall of 2012 Florida festival promoter and musician Randy Judy presented his bio-musical Farther Along – The Music and Life of Gram Parsons at Magnoliafest at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.[62] A Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
area band, New Soft Shoe, performs as a tribute band to Parsons' music.[63] A St. Paul, Minnesota band, The Gilded Palace Sinners,[64] is another Parsons' tribute group.[65] Discography[edit]

Year Album Label Chart Positions[3]

US US Country

1968 Safe at Home
Safe at Home
(International Submarine Band) LHI Records — —

Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Sweetheart of the Rodeo
(The Byrds) Columbia 77 —

1969 The Gilded Palace of Sin
The Gilded Palace of Sin
(Flying Burrito Brothers) A&M 164 —

1970 Burrito Deluxe (Flying Burrito Brothers) A&M — —

1973 GP Reprise — —

1974 Grievous Angel Reprise 195 —

1976 Sleepless Nights ( Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
& the Flying Burrito Brothers) A&M 185 —

1979 The Early Years (1963–1965) Sierra — —

1982 Live 1973 ( Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
and the Fallen Angels) Sierra — —

1987 Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Loud Loud Music (Flying Burrito Brothers) Edsel — —

1995 Cosmic American Music: The Rehearsal Tapes 1972 Magnum America — —

2001 Another Side of This Life: The Lost Recordings of Gram Parsons Sundazed — —

2001 Sacred Hearts & Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
Anthology Rhino — —

2006 The Complete Reprise Sessions Reprise — —

2007 Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
Archives Vol.1: Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969 ( Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
with the Flying Burrito Brothers) Amoeba — 45

2014 Gram Parson Live In New York 1973 ( Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
with Emmylou Harris) Plastic Soho — —

"—" denotes the release failed to chart.

Tribute albums[edit]

Conmemoritivo: A Tribute to Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
(1993) Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
(1999)

Notes[edit]

^ Leggett, Steve. " Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
Archive, Vol. 1: Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969 review". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 March 2010.  ^ Schinder, Scott; Schwartz, Andy (2008). Icons of Rock: An Encyclopedia of the Legends Who Changed Music Forever. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. p. 274. ISBN 978-0-313-33845-8.  ^ a b c d Erlewine, Stephen. " Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 March 2010.  ^ a b Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
2005. ^ a b c Meyer 2007, p. 27. ^ Meyer 2007, p. 7. ^ Meyer 2007, p. 37. ^ Meyer 2007, p. 37-49. ^ Meyer 2007, pp. 139-143. ^ " Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
1956 : The King of Rock 'n' Roll". Elvispresleymusic.com.au. Retrieved 2012-06-07.  ^ " Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
- The Early Years: 1960-1965". ByrdWatcher: A Field Guide to the Byrds of Los Angeles. Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010.  ^ Fong-Torres, Ben (15 September 1998). "Hickory Wind: The Life and Times of Gram Parsons". Macmillan. Retrieved 19 December 2017 – via Google Books.  ^ a b Rogan, Johnny. (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.). Rogan House. pp. 250–253. ISBN 0-9529540-1-X.  ^ " The Byrds
The Byrds
Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 March 2010.  ^ a b c d e Fricke, David. (2003). Sweetheart of the Rodeo: Legacy Edition (2003 CD liner notes).  ^ a b c Rogan, Johnny. (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.). Rogan House. pp. 253–256. ISBN 0-9529540-1-X.  ^ Hjort, Christopher. (2008). So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star: The Byrds
The Byrds
Day-By-Day (1965-1973). Jawbone Press. p. 159. ISBN 1-906002-15-0.  ^ Scoppa, Bud. (2001). Sacred Hearts Fallen Angels (2001 CD liner notes).  ^ Hjort, Christopher. (2008). So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star: The Byrds
The Byrds
Day-By-Day (1965-1973). Jawbone Press. pp. 168–193. ISBN 1-906002-15-0.  ^ Atlas, Jacoba. (25 July 1970), "Gram Parsons", Melody Maker, London  ^ a b Fricke, David. (1997). Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Sweetheart of the Rodeo
(1997 CD liner notes).  ^ a b Byrd Watcher1. ^ Rogan, Johnny. (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited. Rogan House. pp. 624–625. ISBN 0-9529540-1-X.  ^ Fong-Torres 1991, p. 94. ^ Rogan, Johnny. (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.). Rogan House. pp. 262–263. ISBN 0-9529540-1-X.  ^ " Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
and The Byrds: 1968". ByrdWatcher: A Field Guide to the Byrds of Los Angeles. Archived from the original on 28 October 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010.  ^ Rogan, Johnny. (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.). Rogan House. p. 259. ISBN 0-9529540-1-X.  ^ Hjort, Christopher. (2008). So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star: The Byrds
The Byrds
Day-By-Day (1965-1973). Jawbone Press. p. 179. ISBN 1-906002-15-0.  ^ Kaufman, Phil.; White, Colin (1993). Road Manager Deluxe. White Boucke Publishing. pp. 89–91. ISBN 0-9625006-5-8.  ^ Meyer, David (29 January 2008). "Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
and His Cosmic American Music". Random House Publishing Group. Retrieved 19 December 2017 – via Google Books.  ^ "CPI Inflation Calculator". Data.bls.gov. Retrieved 19 December 2017.  ^ " Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
Biography Well Done". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 6 January 2017.  ^ entarctica (9 May 2011). "The Rolling Stones: Wild Horses (Alternate Sticky Fingers
Sticky Fingers
Version with Gram Parsons)". YouTube. Retrieved 19 December 2017.  ^ Proehl, Bob (15 December 2008). "Flying Burrito Brothers' The Gilded Palace of Sin". Bloomsbury Publishing USA. Retrieved 19 December 2017 – via Google Books.  ^ "Pieces Of The Sky: The Legacy Of Gram Parsons". American Songwriter. Retrieved 4 June 2012.  ^ Meyer 2007, pp. 337-342. ^ Meyer 2007, pp. 340. ^ Meyer 2007, pp. 341. ^ Meyer 2007, pp. 340-341. ^ "Interview with Hank Wangford". The Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
Project. Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2011-11-06.  ^ "Artist Search for "gram parsons"". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 December 2017.  ^ Fong-Torres 1991, p. 3-4. ^ Simmonds, Jeremy (19 December 2017). "The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches". Chicago Review Press. p. 83. Retrieved 19 December 2017 – via Google Books.  ^ a b c "What's up with the strange end of country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons?", The Straight Dope; accessed September 24, 2017. ^ "The Strange Death of Gram Parsons: 1973". ByrdWatcher: A Field Guide to the Byrds of Los Angeles. Archived from the original on 20 April 1999. Retrieved 25 March 2010.  ^ " Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
Project, interview with Phil Kaufman". Gramparsonsproject.com. Retrieved 2012-06-07.  ^ Fong-Torres 1998, p. 4. ^ "Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records". Findagrave.com. Retrieved 19 December 2017.  ^ a b c Billboard Magazine
Billboard Magazine
article: "Park Service Mulls Gram Parsons Memorial. ^ " Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris
Pays Tribute to Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
on New Album". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-12-06.  ^ Hurst, Jack (10 March 1985). "More Than A Hint Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris
Comes Out In 'Ballad Of Sally Rose'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 3 March 2017.  ^ "The Eagles – On the Border
On the Border
review". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 March 2010.  ^ " The Flying Burrito Brothers
The Flying Burrito Brothers
Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 March 2010.  ^ Balko, Radley. " Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
Night at The Basement. Plus: Put Gram in the Hall. Both of Them". Nashville Byline. Retrieved 2011-01-18.  ^ "Petition to Induct Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
into Country Music Hall of Fame". Gramparsonspetition.com. Retrieved 2012-06-07.  ^ "Nomination Proposal to Induct Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
Into the Country Music Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2013-12-29. Retrieved 2012-06-07.  ^ "The Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
project; Ottawa play raises iconic musician back to life" (PDF). Legendofgramparsons.com. Retrieved 2010-06-11.  ^ "Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
synopsis". Legendofgramparsons.com. Archived from the original on 2010-06-04. Retrieved 2010-06-11.  ^ "Saint Sounds: First Aid Kit". Ngcsuthesaint.com. 2012-03-08. Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2012-06-07.  ^ Fiona Sturges (2012-04-17). "Emmylou Harris: 'I smoked country music but I didn't inhale'". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-11-14.  ^ "First Aid Kit on talk show Skavlan". YouTube. Retrieved 19 December 2017.  ^ "Farther Along: The Music & Life of Gram Parsons". Facebook.com. Retrieved 19 December 2017.  ^ "For late country-rock legend Gram Parsons, a cult following grows in Cleveland". Cleveland.com. Retrieved 19 December 2017.  ^ "The Gilded Palace Sinners – Ross Willits". Rdwillits.com. Retrieved 2017-09-18.  ^ " Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
Tribute with The Gilded Palace Sinners". The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge. Retrieved 2017-09-18. 

References[edit]

"Sweetheart of the Rodeo". Ebni.com. Archived from the original on October 28, 2010. Retrieved March 25, 2010.  "100 Greatest Artists of all Time: Gram Parsons, Number 87". Rolling Stone. April 21, 2005. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 

Bibliography[edit]

Fong-Torres, Ben (1998). Paul Kingsbury, ed. Gram Parsons. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.  Meyer, David (2007). Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music. New York, NY: Villard Books. ISBN 978-0-375-50570-6.  Road Mangler Deluxe, Phil Kaufman with Colin White, White-Boucke Publishing, 2005 (3rd edition). ISBN 1-888580-31-3 Are You Ready for the Country: Elvis, Dylan, Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock, Peter Dogget, Penguin Books, 2001. ISBN 0-14-026108-7 In the Country of Country: A Journey to the Roots of American Music, Nicholas Dawidoff, Vintage Books, 1998. ISBN 0-375-70082-X Fong-Torres, Ben (1991). Hickory Wind: The Life and Times of Gram Parsons. Pocket Books. ISBN 0-671-70513-X.  Grievous Angel: An Intimate Biography of Gram Parsons, Jessica Hundley and Polly Parsons, Thunder's Mouth Press, 2005. ISBN 978-1-56025-673-1 Proud to Be an Okie: Cultural Politics, Country Music, and Migration to Southern California, Peter La Chapelle. University of California Press, Berkeley, 2007. ISBN 978-0-520-24889-2 Gram Parsons: God's Own Singer, Jason Walker, Soundcheck Books, London, 2012. ISBN 978-0-9566420-3-5 Moody Food, Ray Robertson, SFWP, 2006. ISBN 0-9776799-0-X Live Fast, Die Young: Misadventures in Rock & Roll America, Chris Price & Joe Harland. Summersdale. 2010. ISBN 978-1-84953-049-1 Trailblazers: Gram Parsons, Nick Drake & Jeff Buckley David Bret JRBooks, London, 2009.

External links[edit]

Official website The Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
Fan Site Officially licensed Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
T-Shirts by Worn Free Swampland Article on Reflections on Gram Parson Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
on IMDb Time for a Repress: The Gilded Palace of Sin
The Gilded Palace of Sin
by Bob Proehl, 30, March 2009 Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
at AllMusic Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
discography at Discogs

v t e

Gram Parsons

Studio albums

GP Grievous Angel

Live albums

Live 1973 Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
Archives Vol.1: Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969

Compilations

Sleepless Nights The Early Years (1963-1965) Cosmic American Music: The Rehearsal Tapes 1972 Another Side of This Life: The Lost Recordings of Gram Parsons Sacred Hearts & Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
Anthology The Complete Reprise Sessions

Tributes

Conmemorativo: A Tribute to Gram Parsons Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons

Bands

The International Submarine Band The Byrds The Flying Burrito Brothers The Fallen Angels

Related articles

Country-rock Americana Emmylou Harris Chris Hillman Chris Ethridge Michael Clarke Sneaky Pete Kleinow Bernie Leadon Ric Grech

v t e

The Byrds

Roger McGuinn Gene Clark David Crosby Chris Hillman Michael Clarke

Kevin Kelley Gram Parsons Clarence White Gene Parsons John York Skip Battin

Studio albums

Mr. Tambourine Man Turn! Turn! Turn! Fifth Dimension Younger Than Yesterday The Notorious Byrd Brothers Sweetheart of the Rodeo Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde Ballad of Easy Rider (Untitled) Byrdmaniax Farther Along Byrds

Live albums

(Untitled) Live at the Fillmore - February 1969 Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971

Compilations

The Byrds' Greatest Hits Preflyte The Byrds' Greatest Hits
The Byrds' Greatest Hits
Volume II The Best of The Byrds: Greatest Hits, Volume II History of The Byrds The Byrds
The Byrds
Play Dylan The Original Singles: 1965–1967, Volume 1 The Original Singles: 1967–1969, Volume 2 Never Before In the Beginning 20 Essential Tracks from the Byrds Box Set (1965-1990) The Very Best of The Byrds The Preflyte
Preflyte
Sessions The Essential Byrds

Box sets

The Byrds There Is a Season

Tribute albums

Time Between – A Tribute to The Byrds

Singles

"Mr. Tambourine Man" / "I Knew I'd Want You" "All I Really Want to Do" / "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better" "Turn! Turn! Turn!" / "She Don't Care About Time" "Set You Free This Time" "It Won't Be Wrong" "Eight Miles High" / "Why" "5D (Fifth Dimension)" "Mr. Spaceman" "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" "My Back Pages" "Have You Seen Her Face" "Lady Friend" / "Old John Robertson" "Goin' Back" "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" "Lay Lady Lay" "Wasn't Born to Follow" "Ballad of Easy Rider" "Jesus Is Just Alright" / "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" "Chestnut Mare" "Full Circle"

Other notable songs

"You Showed Me" "Spanish Harlem Incident" "Here Without You" "The Bells of Rhymney" "Chimes of Freedom" "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" "He Was a Friend of Mine" "The World Turns All Around Her" "If You're Gone" "The Times They Are a-Changin'" "Triad" "Hickory Wind" "Nothing Was Delivered"

Associated people

Bob Dylan Jimmi Seiter John Guerin Terry Melcher Gary Usher Jacques Levy Kim Fowley Derek Taylor Johnny Rogan

See also: Discography

v t e

The Flying Burrito Brothers

Chris Hillman Sneaky Pete Kleinow Gram Parsons Chris Ethridge Michael Clarke

Bernie Leadon Rick Roberts Al Perkins Byron Berline Floyd "Gib" Guilbeau Gene Parsons Bobby Cochran Skip Battin Mickey McGee John Beland Brian Cadd

Flying Burrito Brothers studio albums

The Gilded Palace of Sin
The Gilded Palace of Sin
(1969) Burrito Deluxe (1970) The Flying Burrito Bros (1971) Flying Again
Flying Again
(1975) Airborne (1976) Eye of a Hurricane (1994) California
California
Jukebox (1997) Sons of the Golden West
Sons of the Golden West
(1999)

Burrito Brothers studio albums

Hearts on the Line (1981) Sunset Sundown (1982)

Burrito Deluxe studio albums

Georgia Peach (2002) The Whole Enchilada
The Whole Enchilada
(2004) The Disciples of Truth (2007)

Compilation albums

Close Up the Honky Tonks (1974) Sleepless Nights (1976) Hot Burritos! The Flying Burrito Brothers
The Flying Burrito Brothers
Anthology 1969–1972 (2000)

Live albums

Last of the Red Hot Burritos (1972) Sin City (1976) Live from Tokyo (1979) Cabin Fever (1985) Live from Europe (1986) Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons
Archives Vol.1: Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969 (2007)

Singles

"Almost Saturday Night"

Related

The Scottsville Squirrel Barkers

Awards

Preceded by Doug Sahm AMA Presidents Award 2003 Succeeded by Carter Family

Authority control

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