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Los Angeles, United States (1964 – 1973)

The Byrds were a popular American band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. They are considered one of the most important and influential bands of the 19.

Their music bridged the gaps between the socially and spiritually conscious music of Bob Dylan, the studio trickery of The Beach Boys, and the sardonic rock of The Beatles. Some of their trademark songs include pop versions of Bob Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine Man and Pete Seeger’s Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season), and the originals I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better, and Eight Miles High. Throughout their career they helped forge such subgenres as , , , , and – on their 1968 classic Sweetheart Of The Rodeo inviting Gram Parsons on rhythm guitar.

The original and most successful lineup consisted of Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Michael Clarke, Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark. After several line-up changes (with lead singer/guitarist McGuinn as the only consistent member), they broke up in 1973.

In 1991 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and several band members launched successful solo careers after leaving the group. The most successful was David Crosby who was inducted again for his work with Crosby, Stills & Nash. Other than The Beatles, the only artist with all members inducted twice are, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

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  • boogiedroid

    tha real shit

    14 May 1:10pm Reply
  • jessyrocker


    12 Apr 10:13pm Reply
  • sandrarichm

    Love it

    12 Apr 6:40am Reply
  • kluk_jako_buk

    3.744 Byrds scrobbles!

    21 Mar 8:33pm Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    1.000 Byrds scrobbles!

    21 Mar 12:58pm Reply
  • petross85

    I love Gene Clark's No Other, everyone should hear it if they haven't already.

    17 Mar 12:08am Reply
  • ScienceTim

    норм челкари

    24 Feb 1:33pm Reply
  • NathelieJulienn

    what are their most psychdelic rock albums

    23 Feb 3:06pm Reply
  • sandrabjorg

    Just Great

    20 Feb 1:04pm Reply
  • mattmacneil

    this band had wayyy more great songs than I had at first expected

    14 Feb 3:30pm Reply
  • Rockarnold

    Ten years have passed and still looks like the first time I hear them.

    29 Jan 6:21am Reply
  • mattmacneil

    Younger than Yesterday is god damn perfect

    29 Jan 6:10am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    The essential stuff stretches past the first four, I'd say. The Notorious Byrd Brothers is possibly their best work, then there's the country-rock masterpiece Sweetheart of the Rodeo and its perhaps even better sequel Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde. After that they became hit and miss, but the first seven are absolutely essential, some of the best music of the 60s. I don't want to get into a silly debate about which band is "best" or "most influential" because that type of thing usually devolves pretty quickly into argument but I personally rate the Byrds more highly than I do the Beatles. The Beatles were masters of catchy melodies in a pop framework, but the Byrds were expanding the boundaries of what could be done with and considered rock music, all while putting together some heavenly melodies themselves.

    17 Jan 11:25am Reply
  • Laternity

    Now I fell much better. Trully the sound of sad joy.

    13 Jan 11:23am Reply
  • sls

    havent shouted much here but I have, over the past year or so, recognized the Byrds as one of the most important bands of all time in terms of pushing boundaries, advancing guitar music, and lasting influence. Their first 4 albums are essential to anyone, imo. Pass up the compilations and get those albums, preferably the reissues that include b-sides and singles.

    8 Jan 8:25am Reply
  • RussellChap

    the sound of sad joy, the byrds like Nakkinak said were innovators but also great pop. Gene Clark left too early as his solo career proved.

    11 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    probably far more innovative than the beatles

    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • perezhivem

    вылезли за счет каверов,вообще то так же как и the animals.

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    totally hooked on Sweetheart of the Rodeo right now...

    17 Jul 2014 Reply
  • PP667


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