The Best Members of the Byrds

Choose who you think should be the best member of The Byrds. An American group that for a time could hold against The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Rolling Stones. They merged folk and rock n' roll together and are regarded as one of the best and most influential acts of the 60's.

The Top Ten

1 Gene Clark Gene Clark Harold Eugene "Gene" Clark was an American singer-songwriter and founding member of the folk rock band the Byrds.

The best songwriter by far in the band. Also the best vocalist. Beautiful, melancholy voice.

The band would have been as successful, without the little fat guy, and Gene on guitar.

Their best singer and songwriter, best looking too.

Wrote many of the songs and was for a time the main frontman. Vocals, tambourine, and harmonica. Occasional guitar. - zam67

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2 Roger (Jim) McGuinn

Jim was the Byrds leader, lead guitar and sang lead on many Byrds hits

The most consistent member and main vocals. Lead guitar and vocals - zam67

3 Chris Hillman

The melodic bass in the background. Bass and vocals - zam67

4 Gram Parsons Gram Parsons Ingram Cecil Connor III, known professionally as Gram Parsons, was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. Parsons is best known for his work within the country music genre.

Amazing composer & singer

The second rhythm guitarist (originally a jazz pianist) and later famous country rock legend. - zam67

Two great songs with the band on one album and the only original songs

5 Clarence White

Flat picking master! Unbelievable pull-offs, intonation and depth. Left us way, way to soon!

A lead guitar who contributed on some of the most country-style songs of The Byrds. - zam67

6 Michael Clarke

The original drummer who had never before played a real drum kit before the band. Drums - zam67

The cutest - simply adorable to look at

My best friebd

7 Kevin Kelley

The second drummer of the group. - zam67

8 David Crosby David Crosby David Van Cortlandt Crosby is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of three bands: the Byrds; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and CPR.

A complete jerk, and the main reason many of the original members quit the band.

The main harmonious soar you can hear when McGuinn sings. Rhythm guitar and vocals - zam67

9 Gene Parsons

The third drummer brought by White to replace Kelley on drums. - zam67

10 John York

John continued to share music - he taught many students in the Claremont and LaVergne area and those folks carry that gift forward. Thanks Mr. York!

Secondary bassist for the group, replacing Chris Hillman. - zam67

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