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The Byrds
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Past Group Members Roger McGuinn
Gene Clark
David Crosby
Michael Clarke
Chris Hillman
Kevin Kelley
Gram Parsons
Clarence White
Gene Parsons
John York
Skip Battin
Music Genre (Text) Rock
pop
folk rock
psychedelic rock
raga rock
country rock
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Year(s) Active 1964–73; 1989–91; 2000
Record Label Columbia
Asylum
Elektra
Official Websites thebyrds.com
Associated Acts The Jet Set
the Beefeaters
the Flying Burrito Brothers
Crosby
Stills
Nash & Young
Manassas
Firefall
McGuinn
Clark & Hillman
the Desert Rose Band
Souther–Hillman–Furay Band
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The Byrds were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The band underwent multiple line-up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn (known as Jim McGuinn until mid-1967) remaining the sole consistent member, until the group disbanded in 1973. Although they only managed to attain the huge commercial success of contemporaries like the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Rolling Stones for a short period (1965–66), the Byrds are today considered by critics to be one of the most influential bands of the 1960s. Initially, they pioneered the musical genre of folk rock, melding the influence of the Beatles and other British Invasion bands with contemporary and traditional folk music. As the 1960s progressed, the band was also influential in originating psychedelic rock, raga rock, and country rock.

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