Gene Parsons

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Tags: 70s folk singer-songwriter americana country rock country alt-country bluegrass male vocalists indie rock alternative country-rock folk rock california los angeles the byrds byrds rare rockabilly Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Eugene Victor Parsons, 4 September 1944, Los Angeles, California, USA. Parsons began his musical career playing in the Castaways and subsequently formed a duo with Gib Guilbeau. This was followed by the formation of country group Nashville West, in which Parsons played alongside the celebrated guitarist Clarence White. When the latter was inducted into the Byrds in 1968, Parsons was soon enrolled as their drummer. He remained with them until 1972, appearing on the albums Dr Byrds & Mr Hyde, The Ballad Of Easy Rider, (Untitled), Byrdmaniax, and Farther Along. Parsons’ drumming skills were notable on the extended arrangement of ‘Eight Miles High’ that the Byrds included in their live sets and on the entire side of (Untitled). Parsons was also a guitarist, banjoist and talented songwriter. Arguably his finest moment as a composer occurred on the excellent ‘Gunga Din’ from The Ballad Of Easy Rider. His other compositions included...

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