|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||singer-songwriter folk country rock seen live 70s rock country country-rock byrds|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||allmusic discogs lyrics official homepage other databases VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
4 December 1942, Los Angeles, California, USA. Originally a mandolin player of some distinction, Hillman appeared in the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers, the Blue Diamond Boys and the Hillmen before Jim Dickson offered him the vacant role of bass player in the fledgling Byrds in late 1964. The last to join that illustrious group, he did not emerge as a real force until 1967s Younger Than Yesterday, which contained several of his compositions. His jazz-influenced, wandering basslines won him great respect among rock cognoscenti, but it soon became clear that he hankered after his country roots. After introducing Gram Parsons to the Byrds, he participated in the much-acclaimed Sweetheart Of The Rodeo and went on to form the highly respected Flying Burrito Brothers. A line-up with Stephen Stills in Manassas and an unproductive period in the ersatz supergroup Souther Hillman Furay Band was followed by two mid-70s solo albums of average quality.