THE BYRDS - Part 4

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Aug Byrdmaniax reaches US #46.

Oct Further extract Glory Glory is released.


Jan Farther Along peaks at US #152, featuring the current single America s Great National Pastime (cowritten by Battin and Kim Fowley).

July Final Byrds recording sessions take place at I Columbia, three of the cuts eventually appearing on McGuinn’s first solo album.

Aug Gene Parsons quits for a solo career (and will eventually join the Flying Burrito Brothers in 1974), initially signing to Reprise.

Sept Battin is fired (eventually joining New Riders Of The Purple Sage), and is replaced by ex-session drummer John Guerin, before a major re-shuffle brings in temporary drummers Daryl Dragon (b. Aug. 27, 1942, Los Angeles) (ex-Beach Boys) and Jim Moon. Dec Compilation album Best Of The Byrds • Greatest Hits Vol. 2 peaks at US #114. Having recorded White Light in 1971, Clark releases a second solo album, Roadmaster, on A&M, which features all five original Byrds on two tracks.


Jan With the original group of McGuinn, Hillman. Crosby, Clark and Clarke re-formed for a new album released on the Asylum label, Byrds reaches US #20, although the reunion proves shortlived.

Feb [24] The Byrds make their final live appearance, at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, after which McGuinn dissolves the band. McGuinn and White are the only remaining members. Hillman returns for the date, with his Manassas colleague Joe Lala filling in on drums.

Apr [14] Byrds makes UK #31.

May [19] Retrospective double album History Of The Byrds makes UK #47, as McGuinn makes his post - Byrds solo debut at New York’s Academy of Music. July [14] White is killed by a drunk driver while loading equipment after a gig in Palmdale, CA. McGuinn’s debut solo album for CBS Roger McGuinn makes US #137.

Sept [8] Reissued by CBS, Preflyte. the album of demos, which reached US #84 when released by Together Records in 1969, makes US #183.

[19] Gram Parsons dies of heart failure in mysterious circumstances, in Joshua Tree, CA.


Ex-Byrds members remain active: in the short-term, Clark’s solo career resumes with the Asylum album No Other (US #144) (he will also record Firebyrd for Takoma Records and Two Sides To Every Story for RSO in the ’80s), while McGuinn’s sophomore effort Peace On You makes US #92. Crosby has returned to varying combinations of the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young family, while Hillman, already a veteran of Manassas (formed by Stephen Stills in 1971), has formed the Souther Hillman Furay band with J. D. Souther and Richie Furay in September 1973, which releases Souther Hillman Furay during this year, followed by Trouble In Paradise in 1975.



Nov McGuinn joins Bob Dylan’s “Rolling Thunder Revue” touring troupe, having released his third solo set Roger McGuinn Band (US #165).


Hillman’s solo album Slippin’ Away makes US #153, while McGuinn releases Cardiff Rose, produced by Mick Ronson and featuring a pick-up band of Ronson (guitars), Rob Stoner (bass) and Howie Wyeth (drums), all of whom also played on the recent Dylan sojourn. (Clarke re-emerges to form Firefall, which will release a number of albums on Atlantic Records).


May With McGuinn having recently issued Thunderbyrd (including a version of Tom Petty’s American Girt), and Hillman having made US #188 with Clear Sailin’, the pair re-teams with Clark for a package tour of Europe, on which each performs as a soloist.


Feb Reunited as a formal trio, McGuinn Clark & Hillman play at the Venue, London, during a brief visit to promote McGuinn Clark & Hillman, which makes US #39, with the extracted Don’t You Write Her Ojffclimbing to US #33. During a subsequent US tour, they will be joined on stage at a concert in San Francisco by Crosby. This Byrds’ off-shoot will also release the US #136 City in 1980, when McGuinn and Hillman will pair-off to record McGuinn/Hillman.

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