: Hey guys!
: Heard many theories over the years
: concerning possible origins of
: Country-Rock.Many say the "Sweetheart
: of the Rodeo" Byrds,others Flying
: Burritoc Brothers as well as Mike Nesmith
: was involved.But that was the 60s and
: 70's.Didn't Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins
: truly create the genre?
: Hello Earle,
"The Harmony Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music" (1986), edited by Ros Bacon and Jocelyn Finnis, regarding the Byrds, on page 26 states, "…the group…produced…Sweetheart Of The Rodeo, arguably the first real-country rock album…."
"America’s Music" (1996), by Robert K. Oermann, regarding the origin of country-rock, on page 201 tells us that, "…the catalyst was Gram Parsons, and the album that defined the style was Sweetheart of the Rodeo, made when he, Hillman, and White were all members of the Byrds in 1968."
"Desperados The Roots of Country Rock" (2001), by John Einarson, is a book worth investigating. The front cover features photos of the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Eagles, and Poco.
Interestingly, the Eagles' Don Henley, when he gave the speech for the Byrds' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, January 16, 1991, declared that "The Byrds not only pioneered folk-rock, but they went on to pioneer something called country-rock, as well."
Further, The Hall of Fame's Byrds page explains that "…the group continually broke ground during the Sixties, creating revelatory syntheses of sound that were given such hyphenated names as space-rock ('5D [Fifth Dimension]'), psychedelic-rock ('Eight Miles High') and country-rock (their Sweetheart of the Rodeo album)."
Hope that helps.
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