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:

Monday, January 4, 2021

Flying Burrito Brothers Interview by Jan Donkers - The Netherlands 1970


ALOHA was a Dutch rock magazine published between 1969 and 1974.

In issue #42 (November 1970), they featured a long interview of The Flying Burrito Brothers by Jan Donkers, recorded during their October 1970 visit to Europe.

Jan Donkers is a Dutch rock journalist, writer and radio producer.

The lineup (see image left to right) was Chris Hillman, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Michael Clarke, new comer Rick Roberts and Bernie Leadon.

Click on the image to see it at a readable size.

The interview is in Dutch. At first I thought I'd translate it to English, but it's very long and I stopped on the way. So if a good soul can provide an English version, I will gladly publish it here. Thanks in advance.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Gene Clark 1984 interview avaialable

Echoes, the monthly newsletter edited by, published the following article in its January 2021 edition:

- This month we have a very special treat for Echoes readers courtesy of music journalist and KUTX radio DJ JODY DENBERG. Jody has graciously allowed us to share with you the full interview he did with Gene in 1984 while Gene was touring Austin TX with the Firebyrds line-up. Gene is in great spirits and is very open with his responses. We think you'll enjoy hearing this very special interview! -

 The interview was made a week before the release of the Firebyrd LP. Go here to listen to the full interview (including Byrds/ Gene Clark music).

The Byrds Make The Front Page... 1965!

Another great find from my archives.

This is the front page of the New Musical Express U.K. magazine from July 30, 1965.

 The Byrds were expected to start a series of 8 concerts in the U.K. in August 1965. 

Two more dates were added, as mentioned in the article from the inside page, also picture hereunder.


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