Thursday, December 16, 2021

Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Chris Hillman together on a project again…

Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Chris Hillman have collaborated in a project for a book to be published in 2022 in four configurations.

It’s titled “The Byrds – 1964-1967”.

Details here:

Preo-order here:

But wait…at a price range of $425 to $1,000…do they think we’re all millionaires?

Many thanks to David for the info.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

New Gene Parsons Album - Live 1981-1983

Our regular correspondent and friend Mike M. from the U.K. alerted us about a new album that has just been released. 

You can get a download here: 

If someone wants physical, signed copies they would need to send a check, cashiers’ check or money order made payable to GENE PARSONS to:
Gene Parsons
P.O. Box 445
Mendocino, California 95460
U.S. residents need to send $35.00.
Because of the excessive postage fees to Europe, European fans would need to send $40.00. 

Gene Parsons Band - Recorded Live 1981 - 1983 

1. California Blues (8:51)
2. Won't Last Long (4:55)
3. Mercury Blues (8:42)
4. Hickory Wind (4:02)
5. Buckaroo (3:57)
6. Nashville West - Take A City Bride City Bride (6:42)
7. How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live (8:43)
8. She Caught The Katy (8:07)
9. Lily's Hot Bread (2:27)
10. Wind And Rain (4:03)
11. Why You Been Gone So Long (6:12)
12. Banjo Dog (3:31)
13. Diggi Liggi Li (6:25)
14. Nuclear Dayz (7:35)
15. You Don't Miss Your Water (11:08)
16. In My Hour Of Darkness (4:43)
17. There Must Be Someone (6:05)
18. Why You Been Gone So Long 2 (4:09)
19. Real Life Problems (2:54)
20. Swing Down Chariot (2:42)

Many thanks to Mike for the info and to Gene Parsons for the download and ordering details

Monday, December 6, 2021

Yes! Got my Gene Clark triple LP this morning!

 Should I call this an early Christmas/New Year gift?

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

John York Concert

John York

Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, 3:00pm


The Coffee Gallery Back Stage

2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena CA 91001

Reservations: 626-798-6236

Patrons must be masked and fully vaccinated to attend.

Please present card or image of card upon entry. 

No exceptions.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

New Gene Clark triple LP and CD coming December 3, 2021

Coming December 3, 2021

180g Audiophile Vinyl 3LP!

Numbered, Limited Edition - Strictly Limited To 3500 Copies!

Third Bonus LP Is Exclusive To This Edition!

Career Spanning Overview Featuring Solo Work + The Byrds, Gosdin Brothers, Dillard & Clark & More!

Also on triple CD

Gene Clark was an American singer-songwriter and responsible for The Byrds' greatest hits, including "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better", "She Don't Care About Time", "Eight Miles High" and "Set You Free This Time". After making music in several group formations furthermore with The Gosdin Brothers, Doug Dillard and Carla Olson, and recording several albums with members of The Byrds over the years, Clark embarked on a solo career that encompassed heavily orchestrated treasures like "No Other" and folk-focused "White Light". Through it all and in every setting, Clark's clear and true vocals, his poetic turns of phrase, and his skill at weaving melancholy melodies never wavered. His body of work is impressive and, long after his passing in 1991, has remained influential to each new generation of pop artists who followed in his wake.

To honor his legacy and the impressive repertoire he left behind, Music On Vinyl proudly presents the new Collected compilation album in collaboration with Universal Music. Collected is a compilation featuring Gene Clark's greatest songs and is a career-spanning 2LP including tracks by The Byrds and with The Gosdin Brothers, Carla Olson and other collaborations.

The limited edition of Gene Clark - Collected includes an exclusive third bonus LP, which won't be included with the regular 2LP edition. The bonus LP features "So You Say You Lost Your Baby (Acoustic Demo)" with The Gosdin Brothers, "Lyin' Down The Middle" as Dillard & Clark, "Del Gato (Live)" and "Changes" with Carla Olson, "I Pity The Poor Immigrant", "Stand "She's The Kind Of Girl" amongst others.

This 3LP edition of Gene Clark - Collected is available as a limited edition of 3,000 individually numbered copies and includes a 4-page insert with liner notes and photos.


  • Numbered, Limited Edition - strictly limited to 3000 individually numbered copies
  • Once the 3LP Limited Edition is sold out, this release will be made available as a regular 2LP edition
  • 180g Audiophile Vinyl
  • Black Vinyl
  • Double LP
  • Third Bonus LP exclusive to the 3LP Edition
  • 4 page insert with liner notes & photos
  • High quality PVC protective sleeve
  • Import


Double LP

Side A:
  1. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better (with The Byrds)
  2. Set You Free This Time (with The Byrds)
  3. Echoes (with The Gosdin Brothers)
  4. I Found You (with The Gosdin Brothers)
  5. Los Angeles
  6. Train Leaves Here This Mornin' (Dillard & Clark)
  7. The Radio Song (Dillard & Clark)
  8. Why Not Your Baby (Dillard & Clark)
Side B:
  1. Don't Let Me Down (Dillard & Clark)
  2. Rocky Top (Dillard & Clark)
  3. White Light
  4. For A Spanish Guitar
  5. 1975
  6. She's The Kind Of Girl
  7. Full Circle Song
Side C:
  1. She Don't Care About Time
  2. Changing Heart (with The Byrds)
  3. No Other
  4. Life's Greatest Fool
  5. Strength Of Strings
  6. Home Run King
Side D:
  1. In The Pines
  2. Don't You Write Her Off (McGuinn, Clark & Hillman)
  3. Backstage Pass (McGuinn, Clark & Hillman)
  4. Tambourine Man
  5. If You Could Read My Mind
  6. Gypsy Rider (with Carla Olson)

Limited Edition Bonus Third LP

Side E:
  1. So You Say You Lost Your Baby (Acoustic Demo) (with The Gosdin Brothers)
  2. I Pity The Poor Immigrant
  3. That's Alright By Me
  4. Wall Around Your Heart
  5. Lyin' Down The Middle (Dillard & Clark)
  6. Dark Hollow
  7. The American Dreamer
  8. Stand By Me
Side F:
  1. Ship Of The Lord
  2. Opening Day
  3. Winter In
  4. One In A Hundred (Alternative Version)
  5. She's The Kind Of Girl (Alternative Version)
  6. Del Gato (Live) (with Carla Olson)
  7. Changes (with Carla Olson)

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Starry Eyed And Laughing’s new CD is out and available!

If you miss The Byrds’ harmony vocals and Roger McGuinn’s chiming jingle jangle sound, this is your lucky day: Starry Eyed And Laughing’s new CD is out and available!

Tony Poole and Ian Whitmore have reunited as SEAL, written all the new tracks, played all the instruments and sung all the vocals. Tony produced the album.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to go back in time and find yourself in 1965/1966/1967 again!

The CD is available from SEAL’s website at

Sunday, October 3, 2021

John York Concert


Sunday, October 17, 2021  3:00PM  $20.00



John's vocal and instrumental talents have kept him in the company of such musical luminaries internationally known as "THE BYRDS", with Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, Clarence White and more.

John has also worked with Nicky Hopkins and Gene Parsons. He was a member of "The Sir Douglas Quintet" (with Dr. John Mac Rebenack (Dr. John,) Doug Sahm and toured with The Mamas and Papas. John played bass for Johnny Rivers, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and has also played with Rick Danko and Richard Manuel (The Band) and has performed with many others great well known musicians over the years.

After The Byrds, he went on to play with fellow Byrd, Gene Clark and has maintained a lengthy career as a guitarist and bass player, Since the 1980s he has worked with artists including Chris Darrow, Carla Olson, and Barry McGuire among others. He sings in a rich emotional voice and favors the 12 string guitar. John sings Byrds songs, Dylan songs, classic songs from the past with some from The Beatles and The Band, and his own compositions, for his continually growing following of new fans.

"John York is the last pure voice of the Silver Sixties to make it through....intact to the first decade of the 21st century." ~ Kim Fowley

location: 2029 North Lake Ave. Altadena, CA  91001

Sunday October 17, 2021 | 3:00 PM | $20.00

Patrons must be masked and fully vaccinated to attend. Please present card or image of card upon entry. No exceptions.

Reservations: (626) 798-6236

Reservations are strongly suggested. Seating is limited.

Call 626.798.6236 for Reservations Between 10 A - 10 P
Pay by Cash or Check. Sorry … No Credit Cards
No payment necessary when you make telephone reservations. Pay by cash or check at the door at the time of the show.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

R.I.P. Byron Berline July 10, 2021

We just learned of the passing on July 10, of fiddle player Byron Berline, associated with The Byrds and an ex-member of The Flying Burrito Brothers among many other artists and bands. 

"Berline was a member of Bill Monroe’s BlueGrass Boys — with whom he co-wrote and recorded the bluegrass standard “Gold Rush” in 1967 — before going on to become aligned with a generation of country-rockers as well as traditionalists.

He’s known to Rolling Stones fans for having played on “Country Honk,” a variation on “Honky Tonk Women” that appeared on the band’s classic 1969 “Let It Bleed” album, and to Dylan enthusiasts for taking part in the “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” film soundtrack sessions. In the early ’70s, he briefly joined the Flying Burrito Brothers and Stephen Stills’ Manassas.

Other artists Berline recorded with include Elton John, the Byrds, the Band, Gram Parsons, the Dillards, the Doobie Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Rod Stewart, Gene Clark, Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, the Eagles, Bill Wyman, Tammy Wynette and Doc Watson."

See details here:


Saturday, August 14, 2021

David Crosby - 80 Years Young Today

David Van Cortlandt Crosby turns 80 today.

The ex-Byrd’s erratic lifestyle didn’t make him the perfect candidate for reaching that age.

Who would have thought he would still be going strong and be so prolific today?

Happy Byrd-day David!

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Updated list of Byrds Covers (and more) by David Chirko


All written / recorded (1964-1973) by Byrds, incl. some songs members wrote / performed before joining Byrds; excl.  bootlegs, MP3's, DVD's, promos (unless sold in retail outlets) & unreleased recordings. 


Download it here:

Compiled by David Chirko, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada  &

Many thanks to David.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Yes! David Crosby New Album To Be Released On July 23rd


 ROLLING STONE     May 20, 2021

David Crosby’s new album For Free is arriving July 23rd, less than a month before his 80th birthday. It features collaborations with Michael McDonald, Donald Fagen, Sarah Jarosz, and James Raymond, his son and longtime bandmate.


“With a transcendent quality that lies somewhere between poetry, prayer, and wild-eyed rock 'n' roll,” reads the official album announcement, “For Free" yet again reveals Crosby’s rare gift for imparting essential truths with both undeniable warmth and a profound sense of wonder”.


The album opens with “River Rise", written by Raymond and McDonald. “‘River Rise’ came from wanting to write something very evocative of California, but almost with a country-song perspective”, Raymond says, “something that speaks to the empowerment of the everyman or everywoman”.


The title track is a cover of a 1970 Joni Mitchell song from her classic LP Ladies Of The Canyon. “Joni’s the greatest living singer/songwriter, and ‘For Free’ is one of her simplest”, Crosby says in a statement. “It’s one of my favorite songs because I love what it says about the spirit of music and what compels you to play”.


Another song, “Rodriguez For A Night”, was written specifically for the project by Fagen. “It’s really fucking good, man”, Crosby told Rollin Stone last year “I’m so honored he gave us a set of words. I’ve been asking him for a couple of years. He started to trust us, I think. It took a long time, but he gave us a set of words that are really wonderful and we just wrote the shit out of them”.


For Free is Crosby’s fifth solo album since 2014. Prior to that, he’d only released three solo albums throughout his entire career. He’s been off the road since the pandemic started, and he recently sold his publshing to Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group to make up for the loss in income.


“I think people are going to love this record”, he told Rolling Stone last year. “I think people are going to like the music. And that is great. That is what I’m holding onto, fiercely, to try and get through all the crazy. And there’s a lot of crazy”.

Monday, May 17, 2021

David Crosby new CD in July?


Is this an announcement for a new CD?

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Monday, April 26, 2021

Fantastic new video footage - The Byrds in the studio recording Have You Seen Her Face (silent)



Many thanks to David E. for the info

Roger McGuinn plays David Crosby's Gretsch!

The guy in the light brown jacket is producer Gary Usher.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021


Starbyrd, the legendary Byrds-sounding band from Cologne, Germany, led by Horst-Peter Schmidt (the crown prince of the Rickenbacker 12-string), have a new CD out.

 It’s called “At The Crossroads”.


(All songs written by H.P. Schmidt except where noted)

(Liner notes by Eric Sorensen)

01 At The Crossroads

02 Tightrope Walker

03 Christmas ‘20

04 The World Is Standing Still

05 Can't Get Enough Of It

06 Locktown

07 I Wonder How You're Doing

08 Moving On

09 But We Keep On Rocking

10 The River Rhine

11 I Fell In Love With You Again

12 Queen Of Hearts

13 She Don’t Care About Time (Gene Clark)

14 Diamonds And Rust (Joan Baez)

15 Catching Rainbows (Camilla McGuinn/Roger McGuinn)

16 California (Eric Sorensen/H.P. Schmidt)

17 When The Stars Are Dancing (F. Binninger/R. Kowalak)

It is already available at

and will be available at all the major online stores (Amazon, Apple etc...) from June 1st on.

Maybe you’ve got your shot of the vaccine already, but even if you have, get your shot of Starbyrd (and that marvellous Byrds Sound from the 60s) NOW!

Strongly recommended by Byrds Flyght

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Request - Second try

I’m missing one track by Chris Hillman

If any good soul could send a link to get it, I would be eternally grateful.

The source and the link won’t be published.

Thanks in advance.

“Old Rockin’ Chair” (download only bonus track from “The Other Side” - 2005)

Monday, April 19, 2021

Reminder: R.I.P. the BYRDS FLYGHT website May 1st, 2021

Sad news! We’ve been informed by our host that the free webspace linked to our Skynet subscription will cease to be offered as from May 1st, 2021.

In the process, the Byrds Flyght website that we started in June 1999 will disappear from the Internet. 

Although it has not been updated for a long time, it still is a source for all info about the band.

So if you want to save something from there, do it now.

N.B.: this blog and its mirror at are not linked to Skynet and will continue to be updated.

Friday, April 16, 2021

R.I.P. Rusty Young (75)


Rusty Young, co-founder of POCO, died April 14, 2021. He was 75. 

He was the only member to have stayed with the band permanently since it was founded in 1968.

Chris Hillman plays mandolin on Poco's "Crazy Eyes" LP from 1973. The title track, "Crazy Eyes" was written by Richie Furay and is about Gram Parsons.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Friday, April 2, 2021

Memories Are Made Of This


A visitor of this website sent us the following story:

My name is Mike.  I attended a Byrds concert on Friday March 3rd, 1972 in Greeley Colorado at the University of Northern Colorado.
I do remember the crowd went crazy when the band did AMERICA'S GREAT NATIONAL PASTIME and of course EIGHT MILES HIGH, MR TAMBOURINE MAN and TURN TURN TURN.  My roommate was Jack K. who was a DJ at the University Radio Station: KUNC.  He invited the group over after the concert to our house that was a half block east of the Student Center.  We partied that night.  I woke up on the living room floor the next morning, and everyone was gone.  I guess they were better at partying than I was.  I sure wish I would not have partied that night.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Byrds (and related) Items For Sale

I'm getting rid of my spare copies of Byrds (and related) items.

Details here:

Or write to:

Thank you

The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers - Vancouver 1969

Chris Hillman, Clarence White, Gene Parsons, Michael Clarke

Digging into our archives, we found this picture of the famous Byrds/Flying Burrito Brothers joint performance at the Vancouver Pop Festival in August 1969.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Jimmi Seiter website and podcasts


Jimmi Seiter is closely related to the Byrds, having been their roadie, percussionist at concerts, and writer of 7 books about the band.

Kevin Kelley, Chris Hillman, Jimmi Seiter (Sweetheart Of The Rodeo sessions)

He also worked with tens of other acts, such as The Flying Burrito Brothers, Flo & Eddie, The Runaways, David Cassidy, Rocky Burnette, Terry Melcher, Kim Fowley, Brian Wilson, Dobie Gray, Gram Parsons, Jim Morrison And Alice Cooper to name but a few.

He has just created a website called "Echoes From The Canyons"; podcasts telling his side of the story will be published there. 

Host is Jimmi's son Ash.

Episode #0 has just been made available at

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Coming soon...R.I.P. the Byrds Flyght website

Sad news! We’ve been informed by our host that the free webspace linked to our Skynet subscription will cease to be offered as from May 1st, 2021.

In the process, the Byrds Flyght website that we started in June 1999 will disappear from the Internet. 

Although it has not been updated for a long time, it still is a source for all info about the band.

So if you want to save something from there, do it now.

N.B.: this blog and its mirror at are not linked to Skynet and will continue to be updated.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

R.I.P. Tom Stevens (The Long Ryders) (January 23, 2021)

Tom Stevens with Carla Olson and Gene Clark

Sid Griffin and Chris Hillman

R.I.P. Tom Stevens (The Long Ryders) (January 23, 2021)

Tom Stevens was an American bassist, guitarist, singer, and songwriter with The Long Ryders. He also released albums under his own name and collaborated with many other artists

The reason why his death is mentioned here is because he’s linked to The Byrds:

Gene Clark sang dual lead vocals on some verses of The Long Ryders’ “Ivory Tower” from their "Native Sons" LP

Tom Stevens played bass with Gene Clark and Carla Olson at concerts (see picture)

The Long Ryders opened for Roger McGuinn at McCabe’s in August 1984, with Gene Clark joining McGuinn for two songs.

Chris Hillman joined The Long Ryders on stage for 3 or 4 songs at The Roxy, Hollywood, in November 1986 (see picture of Sid Griffin with Chris Hillman)

Monday, March 8, 2021

Roger McGuinn in concert 1989 - Five Unseen Pictures

Our regular correspondent David E. sent us some pictures he took while attending Roger McGuinn's concert at The Old Vienna Kaffehaus, Westboro, MA on March 5th, 1989.

Many thanks to him.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Eight Miles High...on bagpipes!

We've just been sent a link to an unusual version of "Eight Miles High" by Rufus Harley.

Thanks to Philip Graham for the info.

Friday, February 19, 2021

R.I.P. Mickey McGee (July 20, 2020)


The Flying Burrito Brothers / Sierra with Mickey McGee (far right)

We just learned that drummer / singer / songwriter William Michael "Mickey" McGee (born October 25, 1947) died of complications from COVID-19 on July 20, 2020.

He was a member of The Flying Burrito Brothers in and out from 1975 to 1981, and appears on the 1977 LP they released under the name “Sierra”.

He was also a member of the “reunion” Swampwater recording sessions in 1979, replacing original drummer Stan Pratt. These recordings were released in 1987 only on the "Reunion" LP.

He also worked for The Burrito Brothers, Bobby Gentry, Linda Ronstadt, Juice Newton, Jim Ringer, Blue Steel, Maureen McGovern, Keith Moon, Ricky Nelson, Jackson Browne, John David Souther, Warren Zevon, Chris Darrow and more.

Byrds reactions to biographer Johnny Rogan's passing.

Our regular correspondent Jean-Pierre Morisset wrote to all 5 surviving members of The Byrds to ask for their comments about Johnny Rogan's passing.

Here are their answers:

John York"He was a wonderful man. Deep intelligence and sensitivity made him unique in the world of music journalists. And a good friend to us all."
Gene Parsons - "Sadly another one of the ‘old guard’ gone missing in action."
Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Chris Hilman
didn't reply.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Kevin Kelley Memorabilia


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Although he was the drummer for The Byrds' groundbreaking "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" LP, Kevin Kelley is often underrated as a Byrds member. So items about him are rather rare.

Here's a personal handwritten letter he sent on June 1, 1986 to our regular contributor Jean-Pierre Morisset.

Thanks to Jean-Pierre for making it available.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Byrds Concert Ads - Never Posted Here

Click for bigger size.

Our regular correspondant David E. sent us these two ads from his collection. Many thanks to him.

He wrote:

"Here's a couple Byrds ads I came across in my collection recently I had forgotten about. The 1969  "Manhattan " show never happened: it was cancelled and later rescheduled."



Friday, February 12, 2021

R.I.P. Johnny Rogan

It is with great sadness that we just learned of the passing of Johnny Rogan in London on February 7, 2021.


Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Lot of posters and ads for Byrds concerts

A message from our regular contributor David E.:

Here's a pretty cool site I found that has a lot of posters and ads for Byrds concerts. 

Click on each show, then scroll down to the bottom of each page.

We haven't checked yet, but the front page makes us think that this is a mix of performances, not only by The Byrds, but also by Gene Clark's various "Byrds Tribute" lineups and by Michael Clarke's Byrds and later The Byrds Celebration. I mean:

Jun 09, 1991 Foghat / The Byrds / Tattoo Rodeo / Aldo Nova River Jam '91 Kaukauna, WI



Saturday, February 6, 2021

Updated list of Byrds Covers (and more) by David Chirko


All written / recorded (1964-1973) by Byrds, incl. some songs members wrote / performed before joining Byrds; excl.  bootlegs, MP3's, DVD's, promos (unless sold in retail outlets) & unreleased recordings. 


Download it here:

Compiled by David Chirko, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada  &

Many thanks to David.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Rare picture of Gene Clark and his band in 1976

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Our regular correspondant David E. has sent us a photograph of Gene Clark and his band from 1976.

The band was called The Mendicino Rhythm Section. They took their name from being based in that area

The picture was provided by Jay Dravenstadt.

 Jay's accompanying text is as follows:

" This promotional photo was tacked up on the cork board at the entrance to The Oaks CafĂ© in 1976. 

L-R Steve Davidson, Peter Olivia, GC, Colin McNaughton, Billy Shea, Andy Kandanes. 

I thought you’d like to see this since it’s probably one of the only photos of this band (at least I’ve never seen another ). " 

Many thanks to both of them for sharing it.

Monday, January 25, 2021

French One-Woman Band worth watching and listening to

Margot Cotten from France - she plays all the instruments and sings most of the voices...

"Margot Cotten is the only French girl who can actually play Americana without blushing. Playing drums, guitars and keys, she is a multi-talented singer-songwriter. Make sure to watch her new videos on Sundays. She plays covers by Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Elton John, Cat Stevens, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, Neil Young, etc... as well as her own material."


I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better


Mr. Tambourine Man

Sunday, January 24, 2021

The Last Of The Red Hot Burritos - The Band!

The Last Of The Red Hot Burritos is known as the 4th LP by the “original” band (whatever that means).

But it is also the name of a band that is heavily influenced by them.

They have an eponymous album out.

You can listen to all tracks at their Reverbnation page:

Thanks to Mike M for the info.

The band bio:

On a chance meeting several years ago in a CD shop (you know, back when folks bought music in stores) Carl Sweigert and Mike Dialesandro struck up a conversation about Gram Parsons, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and the early days of what came to be the Country Rock genre. They agreed then and there that at some point they should get together and play some of this music with which they both felt a connection.

And play that music they did, in many a late night jam session, with some other musicians they knew, and even in front of an audience or two; but never quite in the fashion they had envisioned that day in the record store.

Fast forward to late 2010 when Carl and Mike called on an old friend, Dave Greenwood, to add a second vocal and guitar to the mix. After some good rehearsals raised the trio's expectations for the project, all that was needed was a great rhythm section. Two long time Northeast Ohio musicians were added: John Gill on drums and Mike McClosky on bass and The Last of the Red Hot Burritos were complete.

The band's show is a bit of a history lesson in the birth of country rock, from pure country stalwarts like Merle and Buck, to the aforementioned Parsons projects, to more modern artists who benefited from the pioneering efforts of those early bands. It's fun, it's up tempo, and it's great music that you don't get to hear that often.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

The Byrds Story 1964-1981 as told on a Frenchspeaking radio station

We've just been sent a recording of a 3h 15min Byrds Story (1964-1981) that was broadcast on a Frenchspeaking radio station in 1981.

You can download it here:

Here's the track listing. All comments are in French.


01 You Movin’ (The Jet Set)

02 Please Let Me Love You (The Beefeaters)

03 You Showed Me

04 Mr. Tambourine Man

05 All I Really Want To Do

06 Turn! Turn! Turn!

07 Eight Miles High

08 Mr. Spaceman

09 Lady Friend (single only)

10 So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star

11 My Back Pages

12 Goin’ Back

13 Nothing Was Delivered

14 Wheels On Fire

15 Old Blue

16 Ballad Of Easy Rider

17 Jesus Is Just Alright

18 It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue

19 Child Of The Universe

20 Lay Lady Lay (single only)

21 Chestnut Mare

22 Positively 4th Street

23 Glory, Glory

24 I Wanna Grow Up To Be A Politician

25 Here Tonight (Gene Clark with the original Byrds)

26 Lover Of The Bayou (live in Holland May 1971)

27 You Ain’t Going Nowhere (live in Belgium 1971)

28 Tiffany Queen

29 America’s Great National Pastime

30 Roll Over Beethoven (live Banjoman soundtrack)

31 Cowgirl In The Sand

32 Full Circle

33 My New Woman (Roger McGuinn with the 4 other original Byrds)

34 Hanoi Hannah (Roger McGuinn)

35 Peace On You (Roger McGuinn)

36 Same Old Sound (Roger McGuinn)

37 Somebody Loves You (Roger McGuinn And Band)

38 Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Roger McGuinn And Band)

39 Chestnut Mare (Roger McGuinn with The Rolling Thunder Review – live 1976)

40 Eight Miles High (Roger McGuinn with The Rolling Thunder Review – live 1976)

41 Up To Me (Roger McGuinn)

42 All Night Long (Roger McGuinn’s Thunderbyrd)

43 American Girl (Roger McGuinn’s Thunderbyrd – live at Rockpalast 1977)

44 Shoot ’em (The Victor Song) (Roger McGuinn’s Thunderbyrd – live at Rockpalast 1977)

45 I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better (McGuinn, Clark & Hillman) (live 1978)

46 Don’t You Write Her Off (McGuinn, Clark & Hillman)

47 Giving Yourself Away (Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman featuring Gene Clark)

48 It Doesn’t Matter (Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman) (live in Brussels 1980)

49 A Secret Side Of You (Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman)

50 Love Me Tonight (Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman)

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Bobby Darin and Jim McGuinn

Jim McGuinn (at left with the long neck banjo) with The New Christy Minstrels.

In 1963, Jim McGuinn was playing with The Chad Mitchell Trio, and was offered to join The New Christy Minstrels. A picture of the group with him is posted above.

Before he had a chance to record or tour with them, he was offered a job by Bobby Darin, which he accepted as Darin offered to double the salary he had with The Chad Mitchell Trio. McGuinn plays on three Capitol LPs by Darin.

You can read the long, complete story of the relationship between Darin and McGuinn, as told by the latter, by going here:

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

’66 Sunset Strip: Gene Clark Special


’66 Sunset Strip: Gene Clark Special

 The Unreleased 1967-1968 Gene Clark Special

Santo & Johnny – “You Showed Me” (Gene Clark/Jim McGuinn)

Gene Clark – “Till Today”

The Rose Garden – “Till Today” (Gene Clark)

David Hemmings (actor from “Blow-Up”) – “Back Street Mirror” (Gene Clark)

The Rose Garden – “Long Time” (Gene Clark)

Gene Clark interview, by Domenic Priore, 1986 (Part 1)

January 26, 1967 Columbia Session:

Gene Clark – “Back Street Mirror”

Gene Clark – “Don’t Let It Fall Through”

Gene Clark – “Yesterday, Am I Right”

April 24, 1967 Columbia Session:

Gene Clark – “The French Girl” (Ian Tyson/Sylvia Fricker)

Gene Clark – “Only Colombe”

Demos, Late 1967 “Gene Clark Sings For You” Publishing LP:

Gene Clark – “On Her Own”

Gene Clark – “Past Tense”

Gene Clark – “Past My Door”

Gene Clark – “One Way Road”

Gene Clark – “Down on the Pier”

Gene Clark – “”7:30 Mode”

The First A&M Records Gene Clark Session, Mid-’68:

Gene Clark – “Los Angeles”

Gene Clark – “I Pity the Poor Immigrant” (Bob Dylan)

Gene Clark – “That’s Alright By Me”

Gene Clark interview, by Domenic Priore, 1986 (Part 2)

Dillard & Clark – “Why Not Your Baby?” (Gene Clark)

Jackie DeShannon – “Splendor in the Grass” (Jackie DeShannon)

Rick Nelson – “Marshmallow Skies”

Hearts & Flowers – “Colour Your Dayime”

Buffalo Springfield – “Merry Go Round”

The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt – “Fragments: Golden Song/Merry Go Round/Love is a Child”

The Mamas & The Papas – “Boys and Girls Together”

Cher – “Alfie”

The Byrds – “The World Turns All Around Her” (Gene Clark)

The Byrds – “She Don’t Care About Time” (Gene Clark)

The Turtles – “You Showed Me” (Gene Clark/Jim McGuinn)

Special Thanks to Becky Ebenkamp and Whin Oppice for their production and research contributions on this episode.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Confessions Of A Devoted Byrds Fan


Philip Graham wrote:

One of my great memories is seeing the Byrds and Burrito Brothers share the stage at Carnegie hall, when Gram Parsons was still in the band. I caught the later Rick Roberts era Burritos too, also memorable!

By the way, today the website "3 Quarks Daily" features my long essay on The Byrds, "My Fan Notes". 

It's the confessions of a devoted fan, from 1965 through to the early 1970s. 

Your readers might enjoy it: