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Los Angeles, United States (December 4, 1944 – present)

Chris Hillman (born Christopher Hillman, December 4, 1944, in Los Angeles, California) was one of the original members of The Byrds with Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, and Michael Clarke. Hillman left the Byrds in 1968, joining Gram Parsons as a vocalist and guitarist in The Flying Burrito Brothers.

Along with Parsons, Chris Hillman was a key figure in the development of , virtually defining America’s most successful genre through his seminal work in the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers.


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  • jorrit290

    Greatly underrated musician. Wonderful! :)

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • vsap

    Chris Hillman is one of the finest, and most enduring artists of our generation. Emerging from the bluegrass scene in the 1960s to do a little folk-rock with a combo known as the Byrds, to dragging country music into the mainstream with the Flying Burrito Brothers, taking on Manassas, as well as a few detours with SHF, McGuinn-Clark & Hillman and McGuinn & Hillman, before going back to his roots and, just after Ever Call Ready, his Desert Rose Band had an impressive run on the country charts. Today, he's an elder statesman for the Bakersfield Sound and he and Herb Pederson still light up venues across the USA. During one of his transitional years in the late 1970s, he played to a crowd of less than 100 in Arnold, MO. He and his band played as if there were thousands for nearly two hours. Not allowing his disappointment to get the better of him, he dove in and gave an impressive show. People remember things like that.

    26 Jan 2010 Reply
  • sailinshoes1

    McGuinn, Clarke and Hillman had a song, "Don't you write her off like that" in the late 70's or early 80's...can't find here of i-tunes. Give a shout if you know this one.

    27 Dec 2009 Reply
  • taobliss

    Chris Hilman... Still sounds good...

    8 Oct 2008 Reply
  • ThunderBeard

    as in underappreciated.

    13 Sep 2008 Reply
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