Roger McGuinn, guitarist
Singer ~ Guitarist
The Byrds ~ mcGuinn Clark & Hillman
birth name: James Joseph McGuinn

Roger McGuinn

July 13, 1942, Chicago, IL

As the frontman of the Byrds, Roger McGuinn and his trademark 12-string Rickenbacker guitar pioneered folk-rock and, by extension, country-rock, influencing everyone from contemporaries like the Beatles to acolytes like Tom Petty and R.E.M. in the process. ~ Allmusic: Roger McGuinn ~ retrieved April 24, 2014 © Allmusic

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Roger McGuinn ~ Ranked #95 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Guitarists in 2011.

As a Session musician, guest or band member

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ~ Will The Circle Be Unbroken (1972) ~ Named one of the Vivascene Top 10 Country Albums Every Music Fan Should Own in 2014 ~ The authenticity of the performances is undeniable, the scope of the project vast, and the recordings a national treasure. ~ 2014 © Vivascene

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 ~ Ranked #45 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004 ~ “The Byrds are immortal because they flew so high.” ~ Tom Petty ~ 2004 © Rolling Stone

The Byrds ~ The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968) ~ Ranked #171 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ The horse on the cover (reportedly) replaced David Crosby, who'd just been fired. But despite the internal drama, the Byrds made a warm, gentle comedown album for Sixties children waking up to the morning after the Summer of Love. ~ 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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