Gram Parsons

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Music & Radio Books Pop / Rock
Tags: country alt-country singer-songwriter americana folk country rock cosmic american music country-rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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 music’s 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 York’s Greenwich Village, but Parsons left the line-up in 1965 upon...

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