Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Pioneering Country-Rock musician Gram Parsons was born 62 years ago today.
Parsons was born Ingram Cecil Connor III in Winter Haven, Florida, the grandson of a citrus fruit magnate.
Gram had attended Harvard University, studying theology but dropped out after one semester.
Parsons was a member of the International Submarine Band, The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers. He was later a solo artist who recorded and performed duets with Emmylou Harris.
Parsons died of a drug overdose at the age of 26 in a hotel room in Joshua Tree, California. Since his death, his influential songwriting has been attributed to the birth of 1970s country rock and the early 1990s alt-country movement. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him #87 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.