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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July 13, 1974 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (1) The Hues Corporation, Rock The Boat ~ #2 (8) John Denver, Annie's Song ~ #1 (4) George McCrae, Rock Your Baby

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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

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 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 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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