The Byrds

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The Byrds ˈbɜrdz 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, a.k.a. Jim McGuinn, 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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Filmography

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Selected The Byrds film and TV show credits.

Soundtrack Credits

2013
The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark
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2012
Beatrix, Oranje onder Vuur (TV Show)
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2012
Fairport Convention, Who Knows Where the Time Goes?
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2012
Bank Roll
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2011
Immigrants' Children Will Always Break Their Parents Hearts
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2010
No me la puc treure del cap (2010) (TV Show)
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2007
Fred Claus (2007)
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2007
The Nostalgia Critic (2007) (TV Show)
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2006
Allein unter Bauern (2006) (TV Show)
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2005
Letzte Tanz, Der (TV Movie)
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2003
Cold Case (2003) (TV Show)
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2002
In America (2002)
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2002
RFK (TV Movie)
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2002
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2001
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1999
The Limey (1999)
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1999
The '60s (1999) (TV Movie)
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1998
From the Earth to the Moon (1998) (TV Show)
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1997
Daria (1997) (TV Show)
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1996
Mr. and Mrs. Loving (TV Movie)
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1995
The Beatles Anthology (1995) (TV Show)
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1994
Forrest Gump (1994)
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1994
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1994
Florida Lady (TV Show)
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1994
Tohuwabohu (TV Show)
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1990
Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) (TV Show)
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1990
One Foot in the Grave (1990) (TV Show)
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1989
The Simpsons (1989) (TV Show)
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1989
Steven Banks: Home Entertainment Center (TV Movie)
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1988
The Wonder Years (1988) (TV Show)
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1986
Irgendwie und sowieso (TV Show)
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1985
American Masters (1985) (TV Show)
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1985
Rock 'n' Roll Summer Action (TV Show)
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1983
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1982
Purple Haze
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1982
Cheers (1982) (TV Show)
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1980
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1979
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1972
Norm's Dilemma
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1971
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1970
Homer (1970)
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1969
Easy Rider (1969)
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1968
Candy (1968)
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1967
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1967
The Emperor (1967) (Short Film)
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1966
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1965
Hullabaloo (1965) (TV Show)
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1964
Shindig! (1964) (TV Show)
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1964
Hollywood a Go Go (1964) (TV Show)
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Albums

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List of albums by The Byrds, including album cover photos.

Songs

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List of top 10 songs by The Byrds.
Song TitleYear Released *Song Rank
Mr. Tambourine Man 1965 3,927
Eight Miles High 1976 9,096
I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better 1976 13,316
All I Really Want To Do 1965 20,351
Wasn't Born To Follow 1972 25,345
My Back Pages 1967 29,114
Mr. Spaceman 1988 30,269
So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star 1967 43,124
Chimes Of Freedom 1976 36,326
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere 49,061
* Approximate (assumes song was released same year as the album it was first released on)

Band Members

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List of The Byrds group members, including current and former members.


Former MembersRoger McGuinn
Gene Clark
David Crosby
Michael Clarke
Chris Hillman
Kevin Kelley
Gram Parsons
Clarence White
Gene Parsons
John York
Skip Battin
GenreRock
pop
folk rock
psychedelic rock
raga rock
country rock
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
Year(s) Active1964–1973; 1989–1991; 2000
LabelsColumbia
Asylum
Elektra
Official Websitethebyrds.com
Associated ActsThe 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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