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  New Georgia Encyclopedia: Gram Parsons (1946-1973)
Gram Parsons is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important pioneers of the country-rock genre.
Parsons often referred to his childhood as the happiest years of his life, even though his parents' drinking habits cast a shadow over the family.
Parsons wrote much of the material on the record, and many critics called it one of the best records of the year and one of the Byrds' best efforts to date.
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  Gram Parsons - Music Downloads - Online
Bio: Gram Parsons is the father of country-rock.
Gram Parsons was born Cecil Ingram Connor on November 5, 1946.
Gram Parsons only spent a few months with the Byrds, leaving the band in the fall of 1968 because he refused to accompany them on a tour of South Africa, allegedly because he opposed apartheid.
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 Gram Parsons Shirts and Biography
After Connor's death, Parsons and his mother moved in with her parents in Winter Haven, FL; a year after the move, his mother married Robert Parsons, who adopted Gram and the child legally changed his name to Gram Parsons.
Gram Parsons only spent a few months with the Byrds, leaving the band in the fall of 1968 because he refused to accompany them on a tour of South Africa, allegedly because he opposed apartheid.
Parsons and Hillman enlisted pedal steel guitarist "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow and bassist Chris Ethridge to complete the band's lineup and recorded their debut album with a series of session drummers.
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 Gram Parsons Music Guide - WikiMusicGuide, the Music Wiki
Gram Parsons was born Cecil Ingram Connor on November 5, 1946.
By the spring of 1968, Parsons had become a member of the Byrds and he was largely responsible for the group's shift towards country music with their album Sweetheart of the Rodeo.
Parsons recorded a second album with the Flying Burrito Brothers, but by the time the record -- titled Burrito Deluxe -- appeared in the spring of 1970, he had left the band.
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 The Strange Death of Gram Parsons: 1973
Gram Parsons had been hanging out at the Joshua Tree National Monument for several years -- he went there regularly, with Chris Hillman when they were bandmates, and later with Keith Richards, to get high, commune with the cactus, and watch the sky for UFOs.
The press were told that Parsons had died of natural causes, but after performing an autopsy, the coroner listed the cause of death as "drug toxicity, days, due to multiple drug use, weeks."* A blood test showed a blood alcohol level of 0.21% -- high, but nowhere near fatal standing alone.
Bob Parsons had the charred remains of his stepson shipped to New Orleans, where, after a small service with family only, he was buried in The Garden of Memories, an unimpressive cemetery on a highway near the airport.
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 The Gram Parsons Homepage
Gram's influence was key in the development of such early 1970's bands as The Byrds, The Eagles and The Rolling Stones, as well as such new 1990's Gram inspired bands as Son Volt, The Jayhawks, The Lemonheads, Wilco and Dash Rip Rock.
Gram was the inspiration of the Country-Rock movement which involved such bands as The Eagles, Pure Prairie League, The New Riders Of The Purple Sage and The Desert Rose Band to name a few.
Gram died September 19, 1973 in Joshua Tree, California, a part of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, at the age of 26.
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 Gram Parsons: listen to free MP3 song download and music video
Gram Parsons (November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist.
Gram Parsons was one of the most outrageous guys in his genre...
Gram Parsons, leading the Flying Burrito Brothers, opened for the Grateful Dead April 4, 5 and 6, 1969 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
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 Gram Parsons, The Early Years: 1960-1965
Parsons came from a family of wealthy Southerners with a weakness for alcohol and a history of mental instability.
Parsons was born Ingram Cecil Connor III in Waycross, Georgia on November 5, 1946.
Bob Parsons soon moved to Florida and married the family's babysitter, though she was only a few years older than the teenaged Gram.
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 'Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music' by David N. Meyer - Los Angeles Times
Parsons was beloved and maddeningly separate from the scenes to which he was most attached, and it is both Meyer's achievement and his affliction to render fully a man who craved attention without understanding and got his wish.
Parsons grew up with much of what he could have wanted: A driver chauffeured him to school, and playmates were in awe of his toys and the parentless spaces he commanded.
Parsons joined Strip stalwarts the Byrds in 1968, steering them to Nashville via their LP "Sweetheart of the Rodeo." It was one of their creative shining moments and, at the time, a commercial flop.
www.latimes.com /features/books/la-bk-smith28oct28,0,1356810.story?coll=la-books-center   (1691 words)

  
 Tomb raider | | Guardian Unlimited Arts
Parsons had made a pact with close friend and associate Phil Kaufman, ensuring that if either one of them died young, the other would sidestep the usual funeral rituals and cremate the corpse in the pair's beloved Californian desert.
Gram Parsons is renowned for a small clutch of records made between 1968 and 1973.
Parsons, then, was hardly the archetypal country artist, a fact reflected not only in his take on the form, but his own background.
arts.guardian.co.uk /fridayreview/story/0,12102,1141458,00.html   (2975 words)

  
 The Straight Dope: What's up with the strange end of country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons?
Gram Parsons has become something of a cult figure in the music business.
A member of the Byrds for a short time, Parsons was the creative force behind their 1968 country album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, which many consider a classic.
Before his death Parsons had said that he wanted to be cremated at Joshua Tree and have his ashes spread over Cap Rock, a prominent natural feature there.
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 Gram Parsons
I always had the impression that when Emmylou Harris started singing with Gram Parsons, she was something of a demure folkie.
Gram Snively (Parsons was his stepdad's name) was born the golden boy to a family straight out of a Tennessee Williams' play.
Gram's move to California and early evolution is the centerpiece of the film, with lot of juicy anecdotes from fellow musicians Bernie Leadon and Chris Hillman (he calls the early days of the Flying Burritos a "cowboy Fellini movie").
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 Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons (1946-1973) is among the latest in a series of half-forgotten songwriters to be honored with a tribute album.
Parsons biographer Ben Fong-Torres offers little information on "$1000 Wedding," except that an early draft lasted nine minutes (twice as long as the version that appeared on Grievous Angel in 1974; Dando and Hatfield reduce it by another minute) and was rejected by The Flying Burrito Brothers and producer Jim Dickson in 1969.
Parsons was the heir to the Snively Groves juice empire.
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 The Flying Burrito Brothers: 1967 - 1969
Their bandmates Gram Parsons and John Nuese kept the ISB name, hired a number of session players and friends, and recorded Safe at Home (LHI, 1968).
Parsons had already lined up a bassist in Chris Ethridge, who had been in the second version of the International Submarine Band and played on the LP.
Parsons also fleshed out a pair of Ethridge's melodies into "Hot Burrito #1" (aka "I'm Your Toy") and "Hot Burrito #2." The Burritos quickly landed a recording contract with A&M and by the end of 1968 were at work on their first album, The Gilded Palace of Sin (A&M, 1969).
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 DIG Internet Radio - Gram Parsons: Fallen Angel- Interview with Gandulf Hennig
Immediately after his death Parson's road manager Phil Kaufman took Gram's body from LA airport, drove it out to the desert and burned it against the wishes of his family.
In Fallen Angel: Gram Parsons, a film that's being screened as part of the Melbourne Film Festival, Director Gandulf Hennig went back to Gram Parsons' life to build a portrait of a musician who always wanted to be a star.
And of course Keith Richards from the Stones, under whose spell Gram fell, and that sort of led him head first into heroin and general dissolution-although he was heading in that direction anyway.
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 Gram Parsons
Gram was catered to by the gold-diggers and moneygrubbers who made "the scene" in L.A. at that time.
Gram Parsons turned one of those first Stones, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards to be precise.
Gram Parsons role was integral but unintended and his legend now is larger than his talent ever was.
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 Amoeba Music > Gram Parsons - Bio
Furthermore, Gram's daughter Polly threw two amazing tribute concerts for her father and released some stellar footage of them on the 2005 DVD, Return to Sin City: A Tribute to Gram Parsons.
Essentially, Gram was human, and myth makers seldom like their heroes and icons to reflect the human characteristics of us mere mortals.
Gram Parsons Archives: The Flying Burrito Brothers Live at the Avalon 1969 is scheduled to be released soon on Amoeba’s new record label.
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 Georgia Music Store
At the age of 14, Parsons began playing in the local rock & roll band the Pacers, which evolved into the Legends.
In the two decades following Gram Parsons' death, his legacy continued to grow, as both country and rock musicians built on the music he left behind.
Gram Parsons & the Shilos: The Early Years, Vol.
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 Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons was born Cecil Ingram Connors on November 5, 1946 in Winterhaven, Florida.
Gram left the Byrds prior to their South African tour and formed the Flying Burrito Brothers in 1969 with Chris Hillman, Chris Ethridge, Sneaky Pet Kleinow and later Michael Clarke.
Gram hung around the Rolling Stones while they were recording "Exile on Main Street" and his influence on them can be seen in their more country flavored songs, such as "Country Honk", "Dead Flowers" and "Wild Horses."
www.emmylou.net /gram.html   (679 words)

  
 Gram Parsons
While the Eagles polished Parsons' country-rock to a multiplatinum sheen, his original vision was hell-bent, haunted, and heart-wrenching.
Parsons and his touring band the Fallen Angels, featuring Harris, a then-unknown young singer whose lovely voice had graced Parsons' solo elpee GP, released earlier that year, were playing the club that night, and I decided to pop by while they were loading in.
Parsons' two solo albums contain the most complex and resonant songs of his brief career, and it's intriguing to hear what a half-dozen interpreters find in the six songs they've selected.
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 Gram Parsons
Gram was, to say the least, a huge contibutor to the way we hear "country/rock", or Cosmic American as he would have liked.
Gram, John Hiatt, and Little Feat are probably my favorite artists and in each case whenever I try to turn someone on to them there is no middle ground.
Gram is a member of that community which BTW is the community a real musician aspires to be a member of.
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 Gram Parsons Pictures, Biography, Discography, Filmography, News, Videos
Parson helped the band record the country-tinged record Sweetheart of the Rodeo in 1968, but his vocals were wiped from the finished product due to lingering contractual obligations and conflicts from his Submarine days.
Parson's split with the Byrds eventually led to the formation of the Flying Burrito Brothers.
The Brothers placed Parsons front and center and continued to explore the fusion of rock-style instrumentation with an appreciation of country.
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 MySpace.com - Gram Parsons - US - Country - www.myspace.com/gramparsons
Nathanson's photos of Gram Parsons were kept in her private collection for more than 30 years.
Gram was genius...and still inspiring people long after his death....
Gram and I both grew up in Winter Haven, Fla. I was a friend of both Gram and his family.
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 Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons was born Cecil Ingram Connors on November 5, 1946 in Winterhaven, Florida.
Gram left the Byrds prior to their South African tour and formed the Flying Burrito Brothers in 1969 with Chris Hillman, Chris Ethridge, Sneaky Pet Kleinow and later Michael Clarke.
Gram hung around the Rolling Stones while they were recording "Exile on Main Street" and his influence on them can be seen in their more country flavored songs, such as "Country Honk", "Dead Flowers" and "Wild Horses."
emmylou.net /gram.html   (679 words)

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