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Happy Birthday, Roger McGuinn [VIDEO]

James Joseph McGuinn III was born on July 13, 1942. He changed his name to Roger in 1967 after it was suggested by the founder of a spiritual association he was exploring at the time because it would better "vibrate with the universe." McGuinn developed innovative styles of playing the electric guitar during his time with The Byrds

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The Byrds Increase 12 String Guitar Sales 49 Years Ago

This week in 1965, The Byrds "Mr. Tambourine Man” hit the music charts eventually making it up to #6 on the singles charts. The song was written and recorded earlier by Bob Dylan. Roger McGuinn who went by Jim back then introduce many young guitar players  to the 12 string guitar featured on the song.

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46 Years Ago: David Crosby Fired from the Byrds

The Laurel Canyon sound of the '60s and '70s was all about smooth harmonies and peaceful, easy feelings, but the bands making the music were notorious for their constantly shifting lineups and behind-the-scenes turmoil. Case in point: the Byrds, who announced founding member David Crosby's acrimonious firing 46 years ago.

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41 Years Ago: Gram Parsons Body Theft Case Settled

Gram Parsons was one of the most influential musicians of his generation -- though the true extent of his influence would not be felt until after his death.

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The Byrds Flying High In 1965

 

Here’s a flashback that goes way back. We’re talking 1965, an old folk song based on versus from Bible in the book Ecclesiastes the single “Turn, Turn, Turn” by The Byrds hits the music charts ends up at #1 for three weeks.

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