The Byrds

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 1991

Inducted by: Don Henley

Nominated in: 1991

First Eligible: 1991 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Gene Clark, Michael Clarke, David Crosby, Chris Hillman and Jim "Roger" McGuinn

Snubbed Members: Skip Battin, Gene Parsons, Clarence White, Gram Parsons


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1991 (ranked #58) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)
Fifth Dimension (1966)
Younger Than Yesterday (1967)
Sweetheart Of The Rodeo (1968)
The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)
Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) (1965)
I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better (1965)
Eight Miles High (1966)
Mr. Spaceman (1966)
My Back Pages (1967)

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Happy Birthday, David Crosby, It's been a long time coming

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 08.14.10 @ 19:12pm


Happy 70th birthday, David Crosby. It's been a long time coming.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 08.14.11 @ 17:48pm


BOB DYLAN/THE BYRDS-MR. TAMBOURINE MAN

Take me disappearing through the smoke rings of my mind

BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD-ON THE WAY HOME

I went insane like a smoke ring day when the wind blows

CROSBY, STILLS & NASH-MARRAKESH EXPRESS

Blowing smoke rings from the corners of my mou-mou-mouth

LED ZEPPELIN-STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 07.3.12 @ 22:34pm


Tahvo & Darren:

As of now, no one has responded to my posting regarding the potential album write-up's. I am assuming the two of you are still at least vaguely interested. Here is what I roughly had in mind:


The Byrds - The Notorious Byrd Bros. (1968)

Recorded at a transitional time between the groups original folk-rock ideals, and the country-rock it would espouse near the end of their career, "The Notorious Byrd Brothers" reveals an act that is willing to explore all manner of adventurous ideals. It also reveals something more about their history that belies their place in the entire scheme of rock & roll's history as well.

The songs are at once timely & timeless, minus the number "Draft Morning" which is steeped in the political turmoil of the times. Songs such as "Artifical Energy", with it's "Sgt. Pepper"-vibe, and "Tribal Gathering", which features a jazz-inflected vocal style, reach far beyond the "Mr. Tambourine Man" era. In general, the songs fall into one of two categories: the blissed out psychedelic anthems such as "Natural Harmony", "Dolphin's Smile", and "Space Odyssey", and the proto-country-rock numbers, such as "Wasn't Born To Follow", "Goin' Back", "Old John Robertson", etc.

It is the country-rockers that are truly worth noting here, and doubly true in relation to what the official stance on country-rock as a part of the music's overall history. It is often told that Gram Parsons was the central influence in the rise of country-rock. Yet here, prior to Parsons arrival, the Byrds are already exploring countrified elements, and doing quite well. It is clear that even without Parsons, the Byrds were more than capable of holding their own as country-rockers, should they wish to. It is merely one more element that makes "The Notorious Byrd Brothers" worth a listen.


For everyone out there interested, this is what I was thinking about. Not a ton of writing, like a school project (nobody wants that). If you're interested upon reading this, please let me know in the coming days. I have an idea for how to go through this both efficiently & logically, & w/out any screaming or stress over things.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 10.20.12 @ 07:02am


Cheesecrop, I could see myself doing writeups for a few albums, albums inducted from the following artists probably to start with: Procol Harum (either one or both), Johnny Cash (With His Hot and Blue Guitar), CCR (any one or more), Silver Apples (Self-titiled). Assuming that's ok with everyone.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 10.20.12 @ 08:41am


Cheesecrop, I could see myself doing writeups for a few albums, albums inducted from the following artists probably to start with: Procol Harum (either one or both), Johnny Cash (With His Hot and Blue Guitar), CCR (any one or more), Silver Apples (Self-titiled). Assuming that's ok with everyone.


Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 10.20.12 @ 08:41am
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Wait & see how many "everyone's" are interested here. A day or so, perhaps.

What I had wanted to do was split it up into two sections. In theory, everyone has access to every album here, courtesy of the Web. I wanted to have everyone interested list all of the albums they had that were "hard copy" albums (vinyl, cassette, CD) at their disposal, that they'd purchased in a store. I figured we could all review those albums directly, over a period of a few weeks. Once we whittled them out of the way, then we could all handle the rest.

I promise to keep it leisurely, though, so there's no intense rush. Maybe we'll see what's up on Monday or Tuesday.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 10.20.12 @ 20:10pm


Cheesecrop, I could see myself doing writeups for a few albums, albums inducted from the following artists probably to start with: Procol Harum (either one or both), Johnny Cash (With His Hot and Blue Guitar), CCR (any one or more), Silver Apples (Self-titiled). Assuming that's ok with everyone.


Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 10.20.12 @ 08:41am
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It appears as though the everyone I'd hoped for over the past 48 hrs. have failed to materialize. I am unsure if anyone else will be joining us. I had a plan for how to break things down, & a very good one at that. However, it appears it is not necessary now (though I hope it will be in the future - it'll signal more interest here!)

I am going ahead regardless of anyone & everyone else, & I'll do it at my own leisure. If you are going to jump in, you might as well feel free to grab what you'd like, when you'd like.

I'd privately hoped for a bunch of us, all w/obviously diff. writing styles, whipping up a compendium of all we've voted in on the site. Who knows, maybe it'll still happen yet! :)

Posted by Cheesecrop on Monday, 10.22.12 @ 11:57am


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