The Byrds were a highly acclaimed and influential folk rock band that became famous during the mid 1960s. Formed in 1964, the original lineup consisted of Roger McGuinn (lead guitar, vocals), Gene Clark (tambourine, vocals), Michael Clarke (drums), David Crosby (rhythm guitar, vocals), and Chris Hillman (bass guitar, vocals). Their signature sound came from their close group harmonies and pioneering use of jangly 12-string guitars, and they were also among the first to incorporate elements of psychedelia, raga rock, and country rock as their style evolved. The Byrds best known songs include such era-defining classics as the soaring "Mr. Tambourine Man" (1965), the ecclesiastical "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)" (1965), and the glorious "Eight Miles High" (1966).
David Crosby left in 1967 to form Crosby, Stills & Nash, and The Byrds had many other personnel changes up through their split in 1973. The band's numerous honors and accolades included being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
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The Byrds perform "Mr. Tambourine Man" on The Ed Sullivan Show (December 12, 1965).
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- Eight Miles High 1966
- Mr. Spaceman 1966
- Mr. Tambourine Man 1965
(This song, one of many landmark oldies and classic rock songs written by Bob Dylan, topped the charts for the Byrds in 1965.)
- My Back Pages 1967
- So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star 1967
- Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) 1965
(This song topped the charts and later also became a hit for Judy Collins (1969).)
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