Gram Parsons

American singer-songwriter Gram Parsons

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.
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Lanois's picnic offers bountiful harvest - Hamilton Spectator
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Harris also gave the crowd her heartfelt eulogy to Katie McGarrigle, My Darlin' Kate and her tribute to Gram Parsons, The Road, before closing with an exquisitely sung encore of Michelangelo. Subdued but touching. The Harris-Lanois set may not have had
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Two European tourists die in 105-degree US park - USA Today
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One U2 fan website based in Germany has information on the location and how to get there. Joshua Tree has another place in music history. It was where American blues/folk/rock icon Gram Parsons died in 1973 in a motel after a drug overdose
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The Inlaws Ride Again - Birmingham Weekly
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Over the course of the band's history, Jack and I both immersed ourselves in the music of these artists and that branched out to Gram Parsons and The Flying Burrito Brothers. We developed an appreciation for that music and came to love it."
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The Byrds and Beyond Aug. 26 at McLoone's Supper Club - Asbury Park Press (blog)
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The Byrds' roster also included David Crosby, who left to hang out with Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young, but Gram Parsons was also a member of the group for a short time, helping shift them away from folk rock towards country rock,
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Gram Parsons inspires Jordie Lane album - Warrnambool Standard
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MELBOURNE singer-songwriter Jordie Lane went on a holiday to the US with a plan to do a little bit of sight-seeing and pay homage to one of his favourite musicians, the late country artist Gram Parsons. The rewards of this trip were far more than he
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Hari Kunzru: 'What's happened since 2008 is a class war based on faith and credit' - The Guardian
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Hari Kunzru: 'Friends from LA go to the desert to sit in hot tubs listening to Gram Parsons. Europeans like me go to get into cosmic relation with the void.' Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian One day in 1951 while meditating beside the world's
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Fright place at the right time - Sydney Morning Herald
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Gram Parsons' young face smiles from framed photos and posters keeping watch over the room where he died, from a cocktail of morphine and alcohol, in September 1973. There is a fat guest book bursting with fan letters, poems and drawings and a table
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Gram Parsons Tribute in SF - JamBase
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Now in its milestone tenth year, Sleepless Nights continues to celebrate the music of Gram Parsons, who is often referred to as the pioneer of country rock. His music and legacy has developed a considerable cult following for his efforts to blur the
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Pop Prices may not reflect ticketing service charges. Full reviews of recent concerts: nytimes.com/music. - Asobi Seksu (Friday) What was once called shoegazer rock -- shimmering, multilayered guitars enfolding confessions of longing and ambiguity -- is back in Asobi Seksu, a New York band that wraps its guitars and keyboard around well-made pop
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Deli still serving treats - Sydney Morning Herald
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''My parents played everything from the Flying Burrito Brothers to Gram Parsons to Emmylou Harris. And I remember my dad raving about this show called Music Deli. I actually recall when it came out in the 1980s because he used to go on about it.''
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Parting Shots: Emmylou Harris - Relix
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With her new record, Hard Bargain, legendary songstress Emmylou Harris tackles troubled love, a broken heart and the death of Gram Parsons. I don't think you've ever recorded an album with literally just three people in the studio
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Backstage: Live Nation's Woody Graber Picks Music to Take to Heaven - Broward-Palm Beach New Times (blog)
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Gram Parsons, you left us too soon. It's sing-along time, from "Devil in Disguise" to "Hot Burrito #2" and beyond." * "This is a hard one. There are so many contenders, from the Beatles to the Stones to the Kinks to Dylan, etc
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Album review of Old Californio: Sundrunk Angels - Examiner.com
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Their sound is an eclectic blend of country, rock, folk, and psychedelic rock that is reminiscent of bands like the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Gram Parsons Flying Burritos. The label Americana fits this band as snug as a pair of
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Lakefront memories on Matthews' agenda - Chicago Tribune
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Harris continues to make vital music that pushes genre boundaries four decades after collaborating with Gram Parsons. Franti and Spearhead are seasoned festival entertainers, the reunited Jayhawks harmonize like the second coming of the Byrds and soul
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Weekend's Best: Pop Music - Indianapolis Star
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JOE VITTI / The Star 2008 file photo One of the great collaborators of modern music, Emmylou Harris has worked with Gram Parsons, Mark Knopfler, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young and Bob Dylan. Harris pays tribute to country-rock pioneer Parsons
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CD REVIEW: Dawes, 'Nothing Is Wrong' - Daily Breeze
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With its simple, organic sound, Dawes' second album, "Nothing Is Wrong," echoes the earnest strain of country-tinged Southern California songwriting that stretches from Gram Parsons up through Jackson Browne (who adds backing vocals to "Fire Away") and
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    TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 26
    The 1973 album "Crazy Eyes" by Poco pays homage to Parsons, as Richie Furay composed the title track in honor of him, and sings one of Parsons' own compositions, "Brass Buttons."
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    Parsons was scheduled to begin another tour in October 1973.
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    In the summer of 1973, Parsons' Topanga Canyon home burned to the ground, the result of a stray cigarette.
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    On July 14, 1973, White was killed by a drunk driver in Palmdale, California while loading equipment in his car for a concert with the New Kentucky Colonels.
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    GP, released in 1973, featured Elvis Presley's lead guitarist James Burton, and featured new songs from a creatively revitalized Parsons such as "Big Mouth Blues" and "Kiss the Children," as well as a cover of Tompall Glaser's "Streets of Baltimore".
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    As a result, McGuinn ended up replacing three of Parsons' lead vocals with his own singing on the finished album, a move that still rankled Parsons as late as 1973, when he told Cameron Crowe in an interview that McGuinn "erased it and did the vocals himself and fucked it up."
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    She assisted him on vocals for his first solo record, GP, released in 1973.
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  • 1972
    Age 25
    It came as a surprise to many when Parsons was enthusiastically signed to Reprise Records by Mo Ostin in mid-1972.
    Parsons attempted to rekindle his relationship with the band on their 1972 tour to no avail.
  • 1971
    Age 24
    After leaving the Stones' camp, Parsons married Burrell in 1971 at his stepfather's New Orleans estate.
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    He accompanied the Rolling Stones on their 1971 U.K. tour in the hope of being signed to the newly formed Rolling Stones Records, intending to record a duo album with Richards.
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    He soon signed with A&M Records, but after several unproductive sessions he canceled his intended solo debut in early 1971.
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  • 1970
    Age 23
    Parsons signed a solo deal with A&M Records and moved in with producer Terry Melcher in early 1970.
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  • 1969
    Age 22
    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.
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    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.
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  • 1968
    Age 21
    While in England with The Byrds in the summer of 1968, Parsons left the band due to his concerns over a planned concert tour of South Africa, and after speaking to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards about the tour, he cited opposition to that country's apartheid policies.
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    However, these comments overlook the fact that Parsons, like Kelley, was considered a bona fide member of the band during 1968 and as such, was given equal billing alongside McGuinn, Hillman, and Kelley on the Sweetheart of the Rodeo album and in contemporary press coverage of the band.
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    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1966
    Age 19
    In 1966, he and other musicians from the Boston folk scene formed a group called the International Submarine Band.
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    Although he claimed to have studied theology (an oblique reference to his close friendship with his residential tutor, Harvard Divinity School graduate student Jet Thomas) in subsequent interviews, Parsons seldom attended his general education courses before departing after one semester in early 1966.
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    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).
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  • 1965
    Age 18
    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.
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    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.
  • 1964
    Age 17
    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.
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  • 1963
    Age 16
    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.
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  • 1958
    Age 11
    Parsons' father committed suicide two days before Christmas in 1958, devastating the 12 year old Gram and his younger sister, Little Avis.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Age 9
    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.
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  • 1946
    Born
    Born on November 5, 1946.
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