Birds and Byrds


Today is the birthday of Jim “Roger” McGuinn (b. 1942). Originally a folk musician and banjo player in his native Chicago, he started out as a back up singer, guitar player and songwriter for Bobby Darin. His interesting approach to playing the electrified twelve string guitar with his group The Byrds was amazingly influential in the 60s, as was his idea to marry the exploding folk movement to pop and rock. Viz, the terrific clip below from 1965, in which they do their electric version of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin'”, surrounded for some reason by chicks dressed like Elmer Fudd, and introduced by Michael Landon and a parrot.

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