Bernie Leadon, singer, guitarist (Flying Burrito Brothers, Eagles)
Guitarist ~ Singer
Flying Burrito Brothers ~ Eagles
birth name: Bernard Mathew Leadon, III

Bernie Leadon

July 19, 1947, Minneapolis, MN

Original Eagles member Bernie Leadon was perhaps the group's most underrated and valuable player from 1972 through 1975, as he alternated between vocals, guitar (acoustic, electric, and pedal steel), banjo, and mandolin, in addition to lending a hand with songwriting. […] Leadon appreciated rock & roll, but his true love lay in country music, as he began playing in a California bluegrass outfit in 1962, the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers. ~ Allmusic: Bernie Leadon ~ retrieved January 22, 2014 © Allmusic

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Gram Parsons ~ Grievous Angel (1974) ~ Ranked #425 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Parsons helped invent country rock with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, and he deepened it here. Emmylou Harris was his ideal singing partner, and their voices blend in the high-lonesome wail of Brass Buttons and $1,000 Wedding. Weeks after finishing the album, Parsons was dead at 26. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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.

The Eagles

some band info might not apply to Bernie Leadon, who left in 1976

No other band did as much to translate the explosively creative, politicized rock of the 1960s into the massively popular, de-politicized rock of the 1970s as the Eagles. […] The Eagles' songs merge country-tinged vocal harmonies with hard-rock guitars and lyrics that are alternately yearning (One Of These Nights, Best Of My Love) and romantically jaded (Life In The Fast Lane, Hotel California). The band released an album every year from 1972 to 1976, with increasingly better sales, culminating in 1976's Hotel California, which has sold 16 million copies. After releasing one more album, 1979's In The Long Run (which sold “only” eight million copies), the band broke up in 1980. ~ Rolling Stone: The Eagles ~ retrieved April 20,2014 © Rolling Stone

The Eagles ~ Inducted in the 1998 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ They began as wide-eyed country-rockers on the fertile Los Angeles music scene and evolved into purveyors of grandiose, dark-themed albums about excess and seduction. The Eagles were defined and bounded by the Seventies, forming in 1971 and parting ways in 1980. ~ 1998 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

The Eagles ~ Hotel California (1976) ~ #82 Entertainment Weekly 100 Greatest Albums in 1993.

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