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40 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. The singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist was a pioneer in country rock, and the unusual aftermath of his passing -- being burned in the desert by his friend and road manager -- cemented his legendary status. The court case from that incident was settled on Nov. 6, 1973, 40 years ago.

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45 Years Ago: The Byrds Release ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’

Commercially, the Byrds weren't exactly at the top of their game in 1968. Their fifth album, 'The Notorious Byrd Brothers,' released in January, topped out at No. 47, and its only single, 'Goin' Back,' barely cracked the Top 90. Plus, the band's revolving door spit out cofounder David Crosby midway through the recording sessions.

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Byrds Unlikely to Reunite in 2014 for 50th Anniversary

Given their rocky past, it’s amazing that former Byrds frontman and lead guitarist Roger McGuinn and co-songwriter/singer and rhythm guitarist David Crosby are even on speaking terms, no less friends. Still, a new article suggests that it's unlikely they will do anything to celebrate the group's 50th anniversary in 2014.

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40 Years Ago: The Byrds’ ‘Byrds’ Album Released

By 1972 the Byrds had pretty much become a vehicle for Roger McGuinn’s solo recordings. The original quintet began falling apart in 1966, after Gene Clark, who penned most of the group’s original early songs, left.

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Record Store Day Will Bring Mega Vinyl Releases

November 25, will see a number of artist taking part in Record Store Day with many special releases.  Expect album reissues, new singles and some rare never before released material all on vinyl!

 
Included in the list of releases are box sets from The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and, as previously  reported, The Doors,  each offering four seven-inch vinyl  singles.  Among the other special  discs being issued in conjunction with  the campaign are Pete Townshend's The Quadrophenia Demos  1 EP, which feature

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