Artist Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Gram Parsons is the papa of country-rock. While he was alive, Parsons was a cult number that never ever offered numerous records but influenced countless fellow musicians, from the Rolling Stones to the Byrds.

Gram Parsons was born Cecil Ingram Connor on November 5, 1946. He was the grandson of John Snivley, who possessed roughly one-third of all the citrus areas in Florida, and also the child of Coon Dog Connor, an Air Force veteran who had a box-making manufacturing facility in Waycross, Georgia. As a child, Parsons found out just how to play the piano at the age of 9, the exact same year he saw Elvis Presley carry out at his institution; adhering to the critical efficiency, Parsons determined to come to be an artist. When he was 12, Parsons' papa devoted suicide, and also the family members relocated with Parsons' grandparents in Winter Haven, FL. A year after the relocation, his mom wed Robert Parsons; Gram was after that adopted by his stepfather, and also the child lawfully changed his name to Gram Parsons.

At the age of 14, Parsons started playing in the regional rock & roll band the Pacers, which progressed right into the Legends. In 1963, Parsons developed a people team called the Shilos that performed throughout Florida and also cut several demonstrations.

Safe at Home Following his graduation, Gram Parsons registered at Harvard to examine faith. After he dropped out of university, Parsons relocated to New York City with the International Submarine Band in 1966. Their launching cd, Safe at Home, was launched in very early 1968, however by the time it showed up in stores, the International Submarine Band had currently dissolved.

Sweetheart of the Rodeo Around the time the International Submarine Band dissolved, Parsons met Chris Hillman, the bassist for the Byrds. At that time, the Byrds were reconstructing their lineup and also Hillman advised to the band's leader, Roger McGuinn, that Parsons join the rankings.

The Gilded Palace of SinGram Parsons just spent a couple of months with the Byrds, leaving the band in the autumn of 1968 due to the fact that he rejected to accompany them on an excursion of South Africa, purportedly because he opposed apartheid. Chris Hillman left the band shortly after him, and the duo created the Flying Burrito Brothers in late 1968. Parsons and Hillman got pedal steel guitarist "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow and also bassist Chris Ethridge to complete the band's schedule and also the group and videotaped a debut cd with a collection of session drummers. The Gilded Palace of Sin, the Flying Burrito Brothers' launching cd, was released in 1969.

Although the album just marketed a few thousand duplicates, the team gathered a dedicated cult adhering to that was primarily made up of musicians, consisting of the Rolling Stones. In fact, by the time the album was launched, Parsons had begun hanging around the Rolling Stones often, becoming close good friends with Keith Richards. Parsons had explored with medications as well as alcohol prior to he satisfied Richards, but in 1969 he dove deep right into chemical abuse, which he sustained with his large trust fund.

Complying with those sessions, Parsons got in a holding pattern in which he acted the duty of a rock star instead of really playing music. In 1971, Parsons toured with the Rolling Stones in England as well as attended the recording of the band's Exile on Main Street, and it showed up that he would certainly authorize with the band's document label. He fulfilled Emmylou Harris via Chris Hillman, as well as Parsons asked her to join his support band; she approved.

GP By the summer of 1972, he was prepared to get in the workshop to videotape his very first solo album. Parsons had set up a band-- that included Harris, guitarist James Burton, bassist Rick Grech, Barry Tashian, Glen D. Hardin, and Ronnie Tutt-- and also had actually asked Merle Haggard to generate the cd. After satisfying Parsons, however, Haggard turned the deal down, as well as Parsons selected Haggard's designer, Hugh Davis, as the album's manufacturer rather. The resulting cd, G.P., was launched late in 1972 to good reviews however poor sales.

Grievous Angel Following the release of G.P., Parsons started a small excursion with his support band, the Fallen Angels. After the tour was finished, they went into the workshop to videotape his 2nd cd, Grievous Angel. The cd was completed toward the end of the summer, as well as Parsons celebrated its completion by taking a trip near the Joshua Tree National Monument in California. He invested a lot of his time there consuming alcohol and drugs. On September 19, 1973, he overdosed on morphine and also tequila; although rushed to the Yucca Valley Hospital, he was noticable dead on arrival. According to the funeral strategies, his body was to be flown back to New Orleans for a burial. However, Parsons' road manager took the body after the funeral service and carried it back out to the Joshua Tree desert, where he cremated the body utilizing gasoline. Phil Kaufman later on disclosed that the cremation had been Parsons' desire, and also although he could not be convicted for stealing the body, he was jailed for stealing and shedding the casket.

In the 2 decades complying with Gram Parsons' fatality, his tradition proceeded to expand, as both nation and rock artists built on the songs he left. Artists such as Emmylou Harris as well as Elvis Costello covered his tracks, as well as his impact could still be heard well into the following millennium.

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