Gram Parsons

Born Nov 5, 1946

Gram Parsons was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist. Parsons is best known for his work within the country genre; he also mixed blues, folk, and rock to create what he called "Cosmic American Music". Besides recording as a solo artist, he also worked in several notable bands, including the International Submarine Band, The Byrds, and The Flying Burrito Brothers.… Read More

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1946 Birth Born on November 5, 1946.
1956 9 Years Old As his family disintegrated around him, Parsons developed strong musical interests, particularly after seeing Elvis Presley perform in concert on February 22, 1956, in Waycross. … Read More


1958 - 1963 2 More Events
1964 17 Years Old Forays into New York City (where Parsons briefly cohabited with a female folk singer in a loft on Houston Street) included a performance at Florida's exhibition in the 1964 New York World's Fair and regular appearances at the Café Rafio on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village in the summer of 1964. … Read More
1965 18 Years Old 1 More Event
They were torn apart in early 1965, when Robert became embroiled in an extramarital affair and Avis' heavy drinking led to her death from cirrhosis on June 5, 1965, the day of Gram's graduation from Bolles.
Parsons was born in Winter Haven, Florida, and developed an interest in country music while attending Harvard University. He founded the International Submarine Band in 1966 and, after several months of delay, their debut Safe at Home was released in 1968 (by which time the group had disbanded). … Read More


After leaving the group in late 1968, Parsons and fellow Byrd Chris Hillman formed The Flying Burrito Brothers in 1969, releasing their debut, The Gilded Palace of Sin, the same year. … Read More
1969 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Returning to Los Angeles, Parsons sought out Hillman, and the two formed The Flying Burrito Brothers with bassist Chris Ethridge and pedal steel player Sneaky Pete Kleinow. Their 1969 album The Gilded Palace of Sin marked the culmination of Parsons' post-1966 musical vision: a modernized variant of the Bakersfield sound that was popularized by Buck Owens amalgamated with strands of soul and psychedelic rock. … Read More
1970 23 Years Old Parsons signed a solo deal with A&M Records and moved in with producer Terry Melcher in early 1970. … Read More
He soon signed with A&M Records, but after several unproductive sessions he canceled his intended solo debut in early 1971. … Read More
1972 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Parsons attempted to rekindle his relationship with the band on their 1972 tour to no avail.
She assisted him on vocals for his first solo record, GP, released in 1973. … Read More
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