GRAM PARSONS – ” Died this Day September 1973 “

Posted: September 20, 2014 in MUSIC
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Gram Parsons passed away on this day September 19th in 1973, American singer songwriter pianist and guitarist, Best known for his work in the Country Rock genre, besides being a solo artist he worked with several notable bands The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Byrds, his short career blending country and rock made him a influential artist,
Parsons joined the Byrds in 1968 playing a pivotal role in the making of “Sweetheart Of The Radio” album.

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After leaving the Byrds later that year he and fellow Byrdsman Chris Hillman formed the Flying Burrito Brothers releaseing their classic debut “The Gilded Palace Of Sin” then a second album “Burrito Deluxe”.

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Parsons was then fired from the band and signed to A&M and recorded sessions for a projected solo album, He then went to live in France at Ville Nelcote with Friend Keith Richards. Returning to America he befriended Emmylou Harris who provided backing vocals on his first solo album GP,and a further solo album Grievous Angel. Drug abuse seriously affected his health and he was found unresponsive in his hotel bedroom suffering Morphine and alcohol poisoning, he died in September 1973 at the young age of 26. he would spend time and weekends away in the Joshua Tree National Park

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