* AmericansHateTingle: "Eight Miles High" chronicles the band's frosty reception in UsefulNotes/{{London}}.
** Things shifted around in their later years, though. "Chestnut Mare" was a Top 20 hit in the UK but didn't even make the charts in the US.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The bridges of a couple songs on ''The Notorious Byrd Brothers'': "Wasn't Born To Follow" (music is suddenly phased and discordant) and "Old John Robertson" (a string quartet out of nowhere takes over the song).
* CoveredUp:
** They've covered Music/BobDylan several times.
** "Turn! Turn! Turn!" was written (the music, that is) by Pete Seeger and was first recorded by The Limeliters in 1962.
** They Covered Up "Jesus is Just Alright", first recorded by the Art Reynolds Singers, only to have Music/TheDoobieBrothers' version Cover them Up.
** They recorded Crosby's OneTrueThreesome ode "Triad" for ''The Notorious Byrd Brothers'', but the others hated it and after Crosby got fired they saw no problem in leaving it off the album. Crosby gave it to Music/JeffersonAirplane instead, and the Byrds version sat on the shelf for 20 years.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Gene Clark and Gram Parsons both have reputations that transcend their brief stints as Byrds. While their solo work and [[DeadArtistsAreBetter untimely deaths]] have a lot to do with it, they both played important roles in the band's history. Clark was their best in-house songwriter on the early albums, and Parsons was responsible for their shift to country rock.
** Clarence White's guitar virtuosity was a major ingredient in their later years and has also won him some admiration. And he died young too.
* VindicatedByHistory: ''Sweetheart Of The Rodeo'' was recognized in later years as the TropeCodifier, even the TropeMaker, of country rock.
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