Today, 9-19 in 1973, we lost the talents of one of the early musician's to herald in the new 'California Country Rock' sound, Gram Parsons -- He was a later member of The Byrds and a big part of their historic Sweetheart of the Rodeo LP - he was a founding member of The Flying Burrito Brothers and was embarking on a solo career at the time of his death - today -- 41 years ago --
Clarence White shaped 2 genres: acoustic flatpick, dynamic precision and /melodic symmetry to electric guitar. "He never played anything that sounded vaguely weak," said the Byrds' leader, Roger McGuinn. "He was always driving... into the music." "Clarence was immersed in hard country and bluegrass," said Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. "He incorporated those elements into rock & roll, and it totally blew people's minds."