Trivia / The Byrds

  • Career Resurrection: The Ballad of Easy Rider and (Untitled) after it had been lost thanks to the New Sound Albums and unstable lineups, only for it to be lost again with Byrdmaniax.
  • Creative Differences: Hoo boy...from the very beginning band members clashed frequently, leading to their Revolving Door Band status. One writer has described them as "Lord of the Flies with guitars." In an interview Chris Hillman pointed out that when they formed the only things the original Byrds had in common were that they liked The Beatles and pot.
  • Executive Meddling: The single version of "Lay Lady Lay" included an overdubbed female choir that the band didn't know about until the single had already been released. The band hated this version and when the song was included on their box set and the remaster of Dr. Byrds & Mr Hyde, the version without the choir was used. Whilst the original version has appeared on compilations, if the band had their way, it wouldn't have. The incident led to the band switching producers from Bob Johnston to Terry Melcher.
    • The situation eventually repeated itself on Byrdmaniax, where producers Terry Melcher and Chris Hinshaw overdubbed keyboards, horns, strings and backing vocals over songs the band had finished recording while they were out on tour. The band were outraged when they heard the final version of the album, and have repeatedly criticised Melcher and Hinshaw's meddling.
  • Money, Dear Boy:
    • From the intra-band argument included as a Hidden Track on the CD of The Notorious Byrd Brothers
      Michael Clarke: I don't even like the song.
      Chris Hillman: What are you in the group for?
      Michael Clarke: For the money.
    • Also the reason they reunited for the Byrds album in 1973.
  • Short-Lived Big Impact: The classic lineup of the band was only together for a little over two years.
    • Despite looming large over their entire legacy, Gram Parsons was only in The Byrds for six months. He joined in February of 1968 to replace David Crosby and quit that July when he refused to tour with the band in Apartheid South Africa. In that short time, he recorded just one album with the band: Sweetheart of the Rodeo, the Trope Codifier of country rock.
  • Throw It In!: On "Hickory Wind" (Sweetheart of The Rodeo) someone coughs right after Gram Parsons sings "in South Carolina".