Song Of The Day: Gram Parsons – “She” (1973)

On this day in 1973 we lost the father of alt-country Gram Parsons to a drug overdose at the age of 26. The original fallen angel with the sweetest voice you ever heard, his big break came in 1968 when he was asked to join The Byrds, who were in the midst of another shakeup with the departure of David Crosby. Parsons was the major driving force behind the Byrds’ 1968 record Sweethearts Of The Rodeo, widely considered to be the first Country Rock album ever made. Within months he split The Byrds along with Chris Hillman and formed The Flying Burrito Brothers, diving full on into various Country and Western styles. Parsons would release two solo albums before his death, both considered to be cult classics for decades. While he is known for his influence on Country Rock, people forget that Parsons also drew deeply from Soul music, as this beautiful song from his debut album GP illustrates so clearly.

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