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Gram Parsons

Singer-songwriter
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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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CHILDHOOD

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

TEENAGE

1958 11 Years Old …  Parsons' father committed suicide two days before Christmas in 1958, devastating the 12 year old Gram and his younger sister, Little Avis. Avis subsequently married Robert Parsons, whose surname was adopted by Gram and his sister. Gram attended the prestigious Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. For a time, the family found a stability of sorts. 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 July 5, 1965, the day of Gram's graduation from Bolles.
1963 16 Years Old By the age of 16 he graduated to folk music, and in 1963 he teamed with his first professional outfit, the Shilos, in Greenville, South Carolina. … Read More
1965 18 Years Old …  Notable Parsons-penned songs included "$1000 Wedding," a holdover from the Burrito Brothers era, and "Brass Buttons," a 1965 opus which addresses his mother's alcoholism. … Read More
1966 19 Years Old 1 More Event
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

TWENTIES

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 By this time, Parsons's own use of drugs had increased so much that new songs were rare and much of his time was diverted to partying with the Stones, who briefly relocated to America in the summer of 1969 to finish their forthcoming Let It Bleed album and prepare for an autumn cross-country tour, their first series of regular live engagements since 1967. … 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.
Returning to America, Parsons befriended Emmylou Harris through his friend and former bandmate Chris Hillman, she assisted him on vocals for his first solo record, GP, released in 1973. … Read More
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