The FBB, as a band, were innovative; ALL talented musicians (none of whom were brothers). Its music had a far reaching impact on many musicians, among them Dylan and Emmylou Harris, and their influence on such groups as the Eagles and many others is certainly evident.


Band mate Gram Parsons was pivotal – beginning with his ‘new’ sound that brought notice, and ending with his only-in-rock ‘n roll exit which brought notoriety and a resurgence of interest that had the band re-form and produce additional albums. However, we want to emphasize that he was only one among the others in this band that made a name for itself.


Our Website tells where the other musicians went and the impact each had on their own. This link tells the incredible story of how Gram went: ebni.???/byrds/memgrp6.html (REPLACE the 3 question marks above with 'com')


To see the entirety of what we have posted on the FBB, scroll DOWN and BEGIN WITH the video that features them.


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  • BobShade PirateStudiosdotnet bullshit, the link was forged by The Byrds with Sweetheart of the Rodeo
  • The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site We use the archives as a basis – and sometimes as the last word – for what we publish here. What we add to that is, of course, what well-regarded industry sources have written, as well. It’s not often, though, that I defer fully to a quote from another source as I did in this case. As I fully understand your position on the Byrds, I see I would have done better to have included a bit more of what the gentleman had said. Specifically, the following where he acknowledges that – as you rightfully point out – the INITIAL sound WAS found on the Byrds album. To wit: “Parsons had helped steer the Byrds toward a country direction during his brief stint with the band, as captured on the 1968 album Sweetheart of the Rodeo.”
    And also in fairness to him, and still with much respect for your position as there can’t be ANY denying of the Byrds’ role in the genre, there is this statement from another source, Mark Deming, who says “By 1969, Gram Parsons had already built the foundation of the country-rock movement through his work with the International Submarine Band and the Byrds, but his first album with the Flying Burrito Brothers, The Gilded Palace of Sin, was where he revealed the full extent of his talents, and it ranks among the finest and most influential albums the genre would ever produce.” (Note, please, it neither says ‘the’ best, the ‘only’; and he has already said it was not the ‘first’.)
    To round this out, also said is that without the COLLABORATIVE efforts of the Byrds the contribution of Parsons would not have become what it did, nor would the Byrds have become what you (and most folks) recognize them as… the originators of this sound.
    Will say that it is because I like the melding of country and rock that the FBB is featured. And, too, I’d like you to know that back when we were doing the ‘B’s we were only posting 1 group per week. And we were looking for little-known bands that were great, and should have gone onto much greater heights. Black Pearl, I believe, was the epitome of this. Whereas, on the other hand, everyone knows of the Byrds, their influence, and their songs – and so they were just too big to qualify.
    I hope that when the opportunity arrives for us to say something more about them, you’ll contribute your additional thoughts.