It's interesting that there's no mention of Buffalo Springfield!
They epitomized Country Rock.
The Byrds, Dylan, The Mamas and Papas, The Lovin Spoonful, Barry McGuire, Sonny and Cher, The Springfields, and many others to follow were largely Folk Rock. Even the Beatles, a rock band, paid tribute to the genre with Rubber Soul. I think the main influence there was The Byrds. Even Kenny Rogers and The First Edition are basically more Country Rock than the Byrds.
The Eagles, Poco, Lone Justice, The Burritos and others followed to even more define the boundaries of Country Rock.
But yes, in a way Elvis, Cash, Jennings, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers and so on were Country rooted Rock.
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: 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
: "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
: 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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