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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December 4, 1971 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Bread, Baby I'm-A Want You ~ #2 (1) Isaac Hayes, Theme From Shaft ~ #1 (5) Sly & The Family Stone, Family Affair

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The Byrds

Although they only attained the huge success of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and the Beach Boys for a short time in the mid-'60s, time has judged the Byrds to be nearly as influential as those groups in the long run. They were not solely responsible for devising folk-rock, but they were certainly more responsible than any other single act (Bob Dylan included) for melding the innovations and energy of the British Invasion with the best lyrical and musical elements of contemporary folk music. The jangling, 12-string guitar sound of leader Roger McGuinn's Rickenbacker was permanently absorbed into the vocabulary of rock. They also played a vital role in pioneering psychedelic rock and country-rock, the unifying element being their angelic harmonies and restless eclecticism. ~ Allmusic: the Byrds ~ retrieved April 16, 2014 © Allmusic

The Byrds ~ Inducted in the 1991 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ At a time when rock and roll was exploding in all fronts, the Byrds led the way with an insatiable curiosity about the forms and directions pop music could take. In so doing, they became peers and equals of their mentors, Dylan and the Beatles. ~ 1991 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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 ~ Sin City ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.

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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