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, 1965 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Len Barry, 1-2-3 ~ #2 (1) the Supremes, I Hear A Symphony ~ #1 (2) the Byrds, Turn Turn Turn (To Everything There Is A Season


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.

The Byrds ~ Mr Tambourine Man (1965) ~ Ranked #233 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ “Wow, man, you can even dance to that!” said Bob Dylan on hearing the Byrds' harmonized electric-12-string treatments of his material. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

The Flying Burrito Brothers

When Gram Parsons led the Flying Burrito Brothers, his emotive, haunting songs and the band's classic C&W-based virtuosity set the standard for California country rock. ~ Rolling Stone: Flying Burrito Brothers ~ retrieved February 7, 2014 © Rolling Stone

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 #192 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ A hugely influential country-rock statement - concocted by ex-Byrds Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman - of L.A. hillbilly anthems, God-fearing hippie soul and achingly beautiful two-part harmonies. ~ 2012 © 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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