Original names:Jet Set, Beefeaters
Origin of the Name:Picked during band's Thanksgiving dinner
Original Byrds (64-66):Roger McGuinn - vocals, guitar
David Crosby - vocals, guitar
Chris Hillman - vocals, bass
Gene Clark - vocals, tambourine
Michael Clarke - drums
Kevin Kelley - drums (68)
Clarence White - vocals, guitar (68-72)
John York - vocals, bass (68-69)
Gene Parsons - drums (69-72)
Skip Battin - vocals, bass (69-72)
John Guerin - drums (72)
Influence On:Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Velvet Underground
First Byrds Studio Album:Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)
Last Byrds Studio Album:Byrds (1973)
Signature Byrds Songs:"Mr. Tambourine Man"
"Eight Miles High"
"Turn, Turn, Turn"
Essential Byrds CD:The Byrds Greatest Hits
Their fifth album, released in 1967, was their first compilation album, and is their best-selling.
The title song of their first album, Mr. Tambourine Man, was an electrified version of a Bob Dylan song, and reflected McGuinn's attraction to both Dylan and John Lennon. With that song, the Folk Rock genre was born.
More Genres To Come:
By 1969, McGuinn was the only original member left. The next five albums were commercially and artistically disappointing, as was a reunion album, featuring all of the original Byrds, recorded in 1972.
Present and Future Byrds:
A 2006 release, There Is a Season, a four-CD, one-DVD box set provides a chronological record of the band's work from 1964 through 1973, plus a 1990 reunion. The project was supervised by McGuinn and Hillman.