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Gram Parsons

Gram Parsons

Though Gram Parsons hated the term "country rock" and the kind of music it came to define, he was undoubtedly one of the genre’s pioneers. A key member of the Flying Burrito Brothers and, briefly, the Byrds, the Georgia-bred singer/songwriter died at 26 in 1973, having already made enough classic music by to become a major influence on artists ranging from Emmylou Harris to Keith Richards to Elvis Costello, as well as a new generations of artists, from alt-country musicians such as Ryan Adams to alt-rockers like Beck.

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