Ingram Cecil Connor III, 5 November 1946, Winter Haven, Florida, USA, d. 19 September 1973, Joshua Tree, California, USA. Parsons brief but influential career ended in his untimely death in 1973. His solo recordings and his work with the International Submarine Band, the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, have led many objective critics to hail Parsons as popular musics first country rock star.
Parsons music career began in high school as a member of the Pacers. This rock n roll act later gave way to the Legends which, at various points, featured country singer Jim Stafford as well as Roland Kent Lavoie, later known as Lobo. By 1963 Parsons had joined the Shilos, a popular campus attraction modelled on clean-cut folk attraction the Journeymen. The quartet - Parsons, George Wrigley, Paul Surratt and Joe Kelly - later moved to New Yorks Greenwich Village, but Parsons left the line-up in 1965 upon...
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