Initially, the band pioneered the musical genre of The original five-piece lineup of the Byrds consisted of Several former members of the band went on to successful careers of their own, either as solo artists or as members of such groups as The nucleus of the Byrds formed in early 1964, when Crosby introduced McGuinn and Clark to his associate While the band waited for "Mr. Tambourine Man" to be released, they began a residency at Columbia Records eventually released the "Mr. Tambourine Man" single on April 12, 1965.Within three months "Mr. Tambourine Man" had become the first folk rock smash Author John Einarson has written that during this period of their career, the Byrds enjoyed tremendous popularity among teenage pop fans, with their music receiving widespread Although McGuinn was widely regarded as the Byrds' This 1965 English tour was largely orchestrated by the group's However, the tour did enable the band to meet and socialize with a number of top English groups, including For their third Columbia single, the Byrds initially intended to release a cover of Dylan's "While the Byrds outwardly seemed to be riding the crest of a wave during the latter half of 1965, the recording sessions for their second album had not been without tension. The next single was "All I Really Want to … However, Hillman and Crosby have both expressed an interest in working with McGuinn again on future Byrds projects, but the lead guitarist and head Byrd remains adamant that he is not interested in another full reunion.In spite of McGuinn's comments, he and Hillman undertook a series of concerts together in 2018 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Byrds' Since the band's 1960s heyday, the influence of the Byrds on successive generations of "McGuinn and I started picking together in The Troubadour bar which was called 'The Folk Den' at the time ... We went into the lobby and started picking on the stairway where the echo was good and David came walking up and just started singing away with us doing the harmony part ... We hadn't even approached him. '""There was a genuine concern that we would get sued if we kept Gram's vocals on it. Hillman's cousin On March 9, 1968, the band decamped to Columbia's recording studios in The band also incurred the wrath of renowned country music Following their stay in Nashville, the band returned to Los Angeles and throughout April and May 1968, they worked on completing their new country-oriented album.Parsons' dominance over the band waned still further during post-production for With their new album now completed, the Byrds flew to England for an appearance at a charity concert at the With Parsons gone from the band and their tour of South Africa due to begin in two days time, the Byrds were forced to draft in their After returning to California, the Byrds' released the However, the stylistic shift away from psychedelia towards country rock that After Gram Parsons' departure, McGuinn and Hillman decided to recruit noted The McGuinn–Hillman–White–Parsons line-up was together for less than a month before Hillman quit to join Gram Parsons in forming As the only original band member left, McGuinn elected to hire bassist Prior to the release of the Byrds' next studio album, however, the band's former producer Gary Usher managed to acquire a number of Between June and August 1969, the Byrds worked with Melcher to complete the The Byrds returned to the recording studio with Melcher sporadically between October 1970 and early March 1971, in order to complete the follow-up to The Byrds moved quickly to record a self-produced follow-up to On November 17, 1971, less than five months after the release of Parsons was quickly replaced with L.A. session drummer Following Guerin's departure, he was temporarily replaced for live performances by session drummers Dennis Dragon and Jim Moon.Five months later, guitarist Clarence White was killed by a drunk driver in the early hours of July 15, 1973,The five original members of the Byrds reunited briefly during late 1972, while McGuinn was still undertaking selected concerts with the Columbia Records version of the group.Following completion of the album, Crosby persuaded McGuinn to dissolve the Columbia version of the Byrds, who were still touring at that time.Following the reunion of 1972/1973, the Byrds remained disbanded throughout the rest of the decade.Between 1977 and 1980, McGuinn, Clark and Hillman worked on and off together as a trio, modeled after Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and, to a lesser extent, the In 1984, Gene Clark approached McGuinn, Crosby, and Hillman in an attempt to reform the Byrds in time for the 20th anniversary of the release of the "After the tour wound down in late 1985, Clark returned to his solo career, leaving Michael Clarke to soldier on with a band that was now billed as "A Tribute to the Byrds" (although again, it was often shortened to the Byrds by promoters).In June 1988, McGuinn, Crosby and Hillman appeared at a concert celebrating the reopening of the In retaliation against Clarke's trademark application, McGuinn, Crosby and Hillman submitted their own counter-claim to gain ownership of the band's name.The reunion concerts were a resounding success, but with Michael Clarke continuing to tour with his Byrds tribute, McGuinn, Crosby and Hillman filed a lawsuit against the drummer in the spring of 1989, suing him for allegedly false advertising, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices, as well as seeking a preliminary injunction against Clarke's use of the name.On January 16, 1991, the five original members of the Byrds put aside their differences to appear together at the Following Clarke's death, Terry Jones Rogers resurrected the Byrds tribute act, with guitarist Scott Nienhaus and former Byrds Skip Battin and Gene Parsons on bass and drums respectively.McGuinn, Crosby and Hillman all returned to their individual solo careers following the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony.During the 2000s, two more ex-members of the Byrds died when drummer To date, the Fred Walecki tribute concert appearance in 2000 was the last performance by the Byrds.
Some fans consider the sound quality of the recording, most notably on CD to be substandard. Unless I am forgetting something, most of disc two has never been released on CD. Fuck 'em. The Original Singles: 1965–1967, Volume 1 is a compilation album by American rock 'n' roll band the Byrds.