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Los Angeles, United States (1964 – 1973)

The Byrds were a popular American band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. They are considered one of the most important and influential bands of the 19.

Their music bridged the gaps between the socially and spiritually conscious music of Bob Dylan, and the studio trickery of The Beach Boys. Throughout their career they helped forge such subgenres as , , , , and – on their 1968 classic Sweetheart Of The Rodeo inviting Gram Parsons on rhythm guitar. The original lineup consisted of Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Michael Clarke, Jim (Roger) McGuinn and Gene Clark. After several line-up changes (with lead singer/guitarist McGuinn as the only consistent member), they broke up in 1973.

Some of their trademark songs include pop versions of Bob Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine Man and Pete Seeger’s Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season), and the originals I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better, and Eight Miles High.

In 1991 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and several band members have launched successful solo careers after leaving the group.

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