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Gram Parsons

American singer-songwriter

Gram Parsons

American singer-songwriter
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birthday
5th
November, 1946
Death
19th
September, 1973
Birth Place
Winter Haven, Florida, U.S.
Birth Sign
scorpio
Biography

Ingram Cecil Connor III (November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973), known professionally as Gram Parsons, was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. Parsons recorded as a solo artist and with the International Submarine Band, the Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. He popularized what he called “Cosmic American Music”, a hybrid of country, rhythm and blues, soul, folk, and rock.
Parsons was born in Winter Haven, Florida and developed an interest in country music while attending Harvard University. He founded the International Submarine Band in 1966, but the group disbanded prior to the 1968 release of its debut album, Safe at Home. Parsons joined The Byrds in early 1968 and played a pivotal role in the making of the seminal Sweetheart of the Rodeo album. After leaving the group in late 1968, Parsons and fellow Byrd Chris Hillman formed The Flying Burrito Brothers in 1969; the band released its debut, The Gilded Palace of Sin, the same year. The album was well received but failed commercially. After a sloppy cross-country tour, the band hastily recorded Burrito Deluxe. Parsons was fired from the band before the album’s release in early 1970. Emmylou Harris assisted him on vocals for his first solo record, GP, released in 1973. Although it received enthusiastic reviews, the release failed to chart. His next album, Grievous Angel, peaked at number 195 on the Billboard chart. His health deteriorated due to several years of drug abuse and he died in 1973 at the age of 26.
Parsons’s relatively short career was described by AllMusic as “enormously influential” for country and rock, “blending the two genres to the point that they became indistinguishable from each other.” He has been credited with helping to found the country rock and alt-country genres. His posthumous honors include the Americana Music Association “President’s Award” for 2003 and a ranking at No. 87 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.”

instruments played
Guitar
Organ
Piano
Vocals
Associated Acts

International Submarine Band The Byrds The Flying Burrito Brothers Emmylou Harris

Birth Name

Ingram Cecil Connor III

Genres

Country, country rock, folk rock, Americana

Origin

Waycross, Georgia

Website
Years Active

1963 1973

Name

Gram Parsons

Nationality

United States of America

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