Chris Hillman, bassist, guitarist
Bassist ~ Guitarist ~ Singer
The Byrds ~ The Flying Burrito Brothers ~ mcGuinn, Clark & Hillman
birth name: Christopher Hillman

Chris Hillman

December 4, 1944, Los Angeles, CA

Along with frequent collaborator Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman was the key figure in the development of country-rock, virtually defining the genre through his seminal work with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers. ~ Allmusic: Chris Hillman ~ retrieved July 6, 2013 © Alllmusic

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The Byrds

The Byrds pioneered folk-rock, combining traditional acoustic music with early Sixties pop. The group's signature sunny melodies, lush harmonies, and ringing 12-string guitars - as well as their eventual exploration of psychedelic rock - made for some of the decade's best singles. The band continued to do strong work (including foray into country), establishing a sonic model for many of the Seventies biggest rock bands, including the Eagles, Tom Petty, and the latter-day Fleetwood Mac. ~ Rolling Stone: the Byrds ~ retrieved April 17, 2014 © Rolling Stone

The Byrds ~ Inducted in the 2006 Vocal Group Hall Of Fame.

In 2010 three Byrds songs made it to the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time ~ #237 I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better) ~ #151 Eight Miles High ~ #79 Mr Tambourine Man

The Flying Burrito Brothers

Nowadays, bands featuring Country Rock fusion are commonplace but when Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman left The Byrds to form the Flying Burrito Brothers, the music they created really did not create much of a following; although it did within music circles. Fans included Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones; the latter borrowing a lot of the Country Rock style in later work. ~ Not In Hall Of Fame: Flying Burrito Brothers ~ retrieved March 23, 2014 © Not In Hall Of Fame

The Flying Burrito Brothers ~ The Gilded Palace Of Sin (1969) ~ #289 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012

The Flying Burrito Brothers ~ The Gilded Palace Of Sin (1969) ~ Ranked #99 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Debut Albums Of All Time in 2013 ~ “We're a rock & roll band that sounds like a country band,” Gram Parsons said of the Burritos, whose first album was an obscure Sixties masterpiece that drew the blueprint for both Seventies country rock and today's alt-country. ~ 2013 © Rolling Stone

mcGuinn, Clark & Hillman

McGuinn, Clark & Hillman (later McGuinn-Hillman) came about in 1977, when three former members of the original Byrds - Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, and Chris Hillman - decided to try and update their sound in a new context. The impetus for the reunion took shape in stages over the course of that year. McGuinn and Hillman had played together longer than any of the other original members, with six albums (and innumerable concerts) across four years during the 1960s, and as late as 1967 they'd tried without success to reintegrate Gene Clark - the best songwriter among them and a superb singer, but also the first to leave - back into the band. ~ Allmusic: McGuinn, Clark & Hillman ~ retrieved April 26, 2014 © Allmusic

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