GRAM PARSONS complete recording list  

Complete GRAM PARSONS recording list!

Gram Parsons

GRAM PARSONS

This is a complete list of all known Gram Parsons studio & demo recordings
released and unreleased - chronological.
(Only two live recordings - his first and his last. There are a lot of live bootlegs in circulation!!!)
I've added some sound samples, videos and pictures!

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1962 Live
Gram Parsons & The Legends
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"Reel tape"
Enlarge picture!

- Rip it up
- What'd I say (R. Charles)
- Let it be me (Everly)
- Mysery
- 6-5-4-3-2-1

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Jon Corneal, Gerald "Jesse" Chambers & Jim Stafford

"Rip it up" was released on the CD "Gram Parsons: Under your spell again"!

Note: This are the only live recordings in this recording list because it's the earliest known Gram Parsons live recording with "The Legends" from the Hi-Time television show!

Sound sample of Rip it up and Let it be me

The Legends

THE LEGENDS
Jim Stafford, Bill Waldrup, Lamar Braxton & Gram Parsons

January 1963
Gram Parsons sessions in Auburndale
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"Unreleased"

Sessions in Auburndale with hired session musician Bobby Braddock.

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Bobby Braddock ...

Note: Bobby Braddock wrote the George Jones hit "He stopped loving her today"!

1963
Gram Parsons sessions with Jon Corneal
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"Unreleased"

- Pam
- Joan
- ...

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Jon Corneal ...

Note: Recorded in a tiny studio inside "Casswin Music" in Lakeland!

Jon Corneal

GRAM PARSONS & JON CORNEAL
Early 60's

1964
Gram Parsons at Garrison's home recording studios
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"Acetate"
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- Racing myself with the wind (Race between me and the wind)
- Big country

Musicians: Gram Parsons ...

Note: Unreleased single recorded at Garrison's home recording studios!

Maybe this version of "Big country" is available on the "Gram Parsons: The early years mini CD - Limited edition"!

Sound sample of Big country!
Spring 1964
Gram Parsons & The Shilos recording in Chicago
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Unreleased

The Shilos record five or six songs in Chicago

- Julie Ann
- Surfinanny
- Raise a Ruckus tonight
- ...

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Paul Surrat, Joe Kelly & George Wrigley

Note: These recordings from Chicago are lost history!
A version of "Surfinanny" can be heard on the album "Gram Parsons: The early years, Vol. 1"!

Sound sample of Surfinanny!

The Shilos

THE SHILOS
Paul Surratt, George Wrigley,
Gram Parsons & Joe Kelly

Summer 1964
Gram Parsons' Dick Weissman studio recordings
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"Reel tape"
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Gram Parsons' recordings with folk singer Dick Weissman!
A set of 7 songs was recorded with Gram Parsons at a studio called "Musicmakers" on West 57th Street in Manhattan.

Musicians: Gram Parsons & Dick Weissman on guitar.

- I just can't take it anymore
- That kind of livin'
- Apple tree (with Dick Weissman)
- Brass buttons
- Some blues ...
- A river is made out of raindrops
- Don't ask me

Note: These recordings are lost to history or ......
maybe the versions of "I just can't take it anymore" & "Brass buttons" were released on the CD "Another side of this life",
"That kind of livin'" & "A river is made out of raindrops" were released on the CD "Early Years, Vol. 2",
40 seconds of the song "Apple tree", can be heard at the end of the song
"Hickory wind" by Brandon DeWilde & Gram Parsons on the "Early years box set"!

Sound sample of Apple tree!
Early 1965
Gram Parsons & The Shilos
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"The early years, Vol. 1"

These songs were recorded at Bob Johnes University, a religious collge in Greenvill, South Carolina.
The tape was made so the group could send it to recording companies in hopes of a contract.

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Paul Surrat, Joe Kelly & George Wrigley.

- I may be right
- Big county
- Zah's blues
- Mary don't you weep
- Bells of rhymney
- Goin' away, don't you wanna go
- They still go down
- On my journey home
- Oh didn't they drucivy my Lord

These songs were released on the album "Gram Parsons: The early years, Vol. 1"!
Note: The song "Surfinanny" released on this album was recorded in Paul Surrat's living room in Greenville, South Carolina 1964.

Sound sample of I may be right!
March 1965
Gram Parsons recordings March 13th 1965
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"Another side of this life"

Gram Parsons guitar & vocals.

- Zah's blues
- They still go down
- Pride of man
- The last thing on my mind
- Hey Nellie Nellie

These songs were released on the CD "Gram Parsons: Another side of this life"!

Sound sample of Last thing on my mind!

Gram Parsons

GRAM PARSONS

1965
Gram Parsons' Dick Weissman home recordings
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"Early years box set"

Demos recorded at Dick Weisman's home in his living room on a Uher tape recorder.

- The great silke
- Race with the wind
- The rains come down
- Hand within the glove
- Rolling stone
- Darkest years

These songs were released on the "Gram Parsons: Early years box set"!

Sound sample of The rains come down!
September 1965
Gram Parsons' Dick Weissman home recordings September 65
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"The early years mini CD"

Demos recorded by Dick Weissman, September 1965 in New York City.

- Another side of this life
- Maco light
- Run little boy, run
- Big country (solo-alternate take)

These songs were released on the "Gram Parsons: The early years mini CD"!

Sound sample of Maco light!
Late 1965
Gram Parsons & The Like
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"Early years box set"

RCA demo recordings made in New York.

Musicians: Gram Parsons, John Nuese, Ian Dunlop, Mickey Gauvin & Tom Snow.

- I just can't take it anymore
- November nights
- Wheel of fortune

Note: "The Like" (aka the Tinkers) were Gram's expermimental band from his few months in late 65 at Harvard University.

"I just can't take it anymore" & "November nights" were released on "Gram Parsons: Early years box set" and
on the CD "Fallen Angels: Legendary country rock recordings"!

Sound sample of I just can't take it anymore!

The Like

GRAM PARSONS & THE LIKE
Mickey Gauvin, John Nuese, Gram Parsons,
Tom Snow & Ian Dunlop

Late 1965
Brandon DeWilde feat. Gram Parsons & The Like
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"Early years box set"

Brandon DeWilde cut several songs with Gram Parsons & The Like.
Brandon had already secured a recording contract with RCA Records, and Gram Parsons & The Like became in effect his backup band.
Listen to "Together again", it becomes clear that Brandon's country vocal style would completely influence and literally change Gram's way of singing.

Musicians: Brandon DeWilde, Gram Parsons, John Nuese, Ian Dunlop, Mickey Gauvin, Tom Snow & Buddy Lucas on harmonica.

- Together again
- Begin with you
- What you ment before
- If you come back to me
- Begin with you
- Rip it up
- Midnight hour
- Jast as long as you love me

The only song released is "Together again" on the "Gram Parsons: Early years box set"!

Sound sample of Together again!

Sound sample of What you ment before!

The Like and Brandon DeWilde

BRANDON DeWILDE feat.
GRAM PARSONS & THE LIKE

December 1965
Gram Parsons recordings December 26th 1965
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"Another side of this life"

Gram Parsons guitar & vocals.

- Wheel of fortune
- Another side of this life
- High flyin' bird
- Brass buttons
- Searchin'
- Candy man

These songs were released on the CD "Gram Parsons: Another side of this life"!

Sound sample of Brass buttons!
April 1966
Gram Parsons recordings April 18th 1966
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"Reel tape"
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Gram Parsons guitar & vocals.

- Codine
- Reputation
- That's the bag I'm in
- Willie Jean
- She's the woman I love / Good time music

These songs were released on the CD "Gram Parsons: Another side of this life"!

Sound sample of Reputation!
February 1966
The International Submarine Band "Ascot single"
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"Ascot single"

The International Submarine Band: Gram Parsons, John Nuese, Mickey Gauvin & Ian Dunlop.

- The Russians are coming
- Truck driving man

Released on single!

Sound sample of Truck driving man!

International Submarine Band

THE INTERNATIONAL SUBMARINE BAND
Ian Dunlop, John Nuese,
Gram Parsons & Mickey Gauvin

September/
October 1966
The International Submarine Band "Columbia single"
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"Colubmbia single"

The International Submarine Band: Gram Parsons, John Nuese, Mickey Gauvin & Ian Dunlop.

- Sum up broke
- One day week

Released on single and on various CDs!

Sound sample of Sum up broke!
December 1966
Gram Parsons recordings December 1966
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"Another side of this life"

Gram Parsons guitar & vocals.

- Codine
- I just can't take it anmyore

These songs were released on the CD "Gram Parsons: Another side of this life"!

Sound sample of I just can't take it anymore!

Gram Parsons

GRAM PARSONS

March 1967
The International Submarine band
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"Unreleased"

Recorded at "Gold Star" studios in Hollywood!

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Ian Dunlop, Mickey Gauvin & John Nuese

- Hooked (lead vocals by Ian Dunlop)
- Feel so bad

April 1967
The International Submarine band
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"Unreleased"

Recorded at "Gold Star" studios in Hollywood for the movie "The Trip"

Produced by Hugh Maskela.

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Ian Dunlop, Mickey Gauvin & John Nuese

- Lazy days

Note: The International Submarine Band were briefly featured miming but their own music was not included in the movie!

Here is a clip from the movie "The Trip" with The International Submarine Band.
Their performance was very short, I repeated the scenes and played them
backwards to make a longer clip.
I also added music from The International Submarine Band,
which was removed in the movie.

July 1967
The International Submarine Band "LHI single"
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"LHI single"

Recorded at "Western Recorders" Studio 3 in Hollywood, CA.

Musicians: Gram Parsons, John Nuese, Jon Corneal
Guests: Jay Dee Maness, Earl "Pool" Ball, Joe Osborn & Donnie Owens

- Blue eyes
- Luxury liner

Note: According to Jon Corneal they attempted four songs with the intention of releasing a single,
before successfully completing two Parsons' originals "Blue eyes " & "Luxury liner"!

Sound sample of Luxury liner!
1967
Gram Parsons demo recorded in NYC, 1967
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"GP & The FBB"
Live at the Avalon Ballroom
1969

From Jimmie Seiter's archive!

- When will I be loved

Released as special bonus track on "Gram Parsons Archives Vol 1" - "Gram Parsons with The Flying Burrito Brothers: Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969"!

Sound sample of When will I be loved!

Note: "Amoeba Records" wrote: " ... and look for more cool stuff from Jimmie's vault in upcoming archive volums"!
(But this was written 2007 and nothing showed up).

1967
Brandon DeWilde & The International Submarine Band
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"Early years box set"

Musicians: Brandon DeWilde, Gram Parsons, John Nuese, Ian Dunlop, Mickey Gauvin.

- Do right woman
- Hickory wind

Both songs released on the "Gram Parsons: Early years box set"!

Sound sample of Hickory wind!

International Submarine Band and Brandon DeWilde

THE INTERNATIONAL SUBMARINE BAND
& BRANDON DeWILDE
Ian Dunlop, Gram Parsons
Mickey Gauvin, John Nuese
& Brandon DeWilde

December 1967
The International Submarine Band "Safe At Home" album
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"Safe at home"
4 track masters!

Produced by Suzi Jane Hokom.
Recorded December 1967 at "United Recording" in Hollysood, CA.

Musicians: Gram Parsons, John Nuese, Bob Buchanan, Jon Corneal & Chris Ethridge.
Guests: Earl Ball, Jay Dee Maness.
On "I must be somebody else you've known" & "Miller's cave" Glen Campbell on guitar & vocals and Bob Felts on piano!
Suzie Jan Hokom & Virgil Waner on background vocals.

- Blue eyes
- I must must be somebody else you've known
- A satisfied mind
- Folsom prison blues
- That's alright
- Miller's cafe
- I still miss someone
- Luxury liner
- Strong boy
- Do you know how it feels to be lonesome

Note: An outtake "Knee deep in the blues" from these sessions was later released on various CDs!

Sound sample of Do you know how it feels to be lonesome!
March to May
1968
The Byrds "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" album
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"Sweetheart of the rodeo"
Legacy back cover!

Produced by Gary Usher.

Musicians: Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Gram Parsons &Kevin Kelley.
Guests: Clarence White, Earl P. Ball, Jon Corneal, Lloyd Green, John Hartford, Roy M. Husky & Jay Dee Maness

Original album tracks:
- You ain't going nowhere
- I am a pilgrim
- The christian life
- You don't miss your water
- You're still on my mind
- Pretty boy Floyd
- Hickory wind
- One hundred years from now
- Blue Canadian Rockies
- Life in prison
- Nothing was delivered

Note: Many years later the "originals" versions with Gram's deleted voice were released!
The best is to buy the SONY "Sweetheart of the rodeo""Legycy Edition" with Gram's voice on:
"The christian life", " One hundred years from now" and "You don't miss your water".
Also on this CD working demos, outtakes & rehearsal versions!
The Sundazed label "Sanctuary Series Vol.4" contains some unreleased alternate versions of a number of songs.
Also released by Sundazed is a single containing a version of "Lazy Days" with no lead guitar.

Sound sample of The Christian life (Gram on lead vocals)!

The Byrds

THE BYRDS
Gram Parsons, Kevin Kelley,
Chris Hillman & Roger McGuinn

Here is a live audio clip of "The Byrds with Gram Parsons & Doug Dillard" with rare pictures:

Mid 1968
Eddie Tickner sponsored sessions
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"Unreleased"

Eddie Tickner sponsored sessions with Gram Parsons, Clarence White, Gene Parsons, Gib Guilbeau & Chris Hillman.

Gene Parsons: "I can't remember exactly when it was recorded, but Hillman was still in the Byrds and Clarence and I had not yet joined. I think we played some old covers but I don't honestly recall."
Also Gib Guilbeau referred to these Tickner-sponsored sessions.

A pre-Burritos country rock meeting of minds!

October/September
1968
The Flying Burrito Brothers "Gilded Palace of Sin" album
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"The gilded palace of sin"

Produced by The Flying Burrito Brothers, Larry Marks & Henry Lewy.

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman, Chris Ethridge & Sneaky Pete Kleinow
Guests: Jon Corneal, Eddie Hoh, Sam Goldstein &Popeye Phillips.

- Christine's tune (aka Devil in disguise
- Sin city
- Do right woman
- Dark end of the street
- My uncle
- Wheels
- Juanita
- Hot Burrito #1
- Hot Burrito #2
- Do you know how it feels
- Hippie boy

Sound sample of Sin city!

This is a short video clip of the cover shooting for the "Gilded Palace Of Sin" album.

October/September
1968
The Flying Burrito Brothers "Hot Burrito #1 & # 2" alternate versions
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"Hot Burrito # 1 & # 2"
More info!

Unreleased alternate versions of The Flying Burrito Brothers' "Hot Burrito # 1" and "Hot Burrito # 2".

Produced by The Flying Burrito Brothers, Larry Marks & Henry Lewy.

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman, Chris Ethridge & Sneaky Pete Kleinow
Guests: Jon Corneal, Eddie Hoh, Sam Goldstein &Popeye Phillips.

- Hot Burrito # 1
- Hot Burrito # 2

During the Flying Burrito Brothers' train tour Gram & Chris wrote the song" The train song".
Here is a clip from the train tour!

Early 1969
The Flying Burrito Brothers "The train song" single
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"The train song" single

Produced by Larry Williamson & Johnny "Guitar" Watson.

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman, Chris Ethrdige, Sneaky Pete Kleinow & Michael Clarke
Guests: Clarence White & Leon Russell.

- The train song
- Hot Burrito #1 (from the "Gilded palace of sin" album)

Sound sample of The train song!

The Flying Burrito Brothers

THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS
Chris Hillman, Gram Parsons, Sneaky Pete Kleinow
Chris Ethridge & Michael Clarke

1969
Gram Parsons demo recorded 1969
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"GP & The FBB"
Live at the Avalon Ballroom
1969

Gram Parsons' home recording from Jimmie Seiter's archive!

- 1000 Dollar wedding

Released as special bonus track on "Gram Parsons Archives Vol 1" - "Gram Parsons with The Flying Burrito Brothers: Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969"!

Sound sample of 1000 Dollar wedding!

Note: "Amoeba Records" wrote: " ... and look for more cool stuff from Jimmie's vault in upcoming archive volums"!
(But this was written 2007 and nothing showed up).

Late 1969
The Flying Burrito Brothers "Sound Factory" recordings
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"Honky Tonk Heaven"

Produced by Jim Dickson.

Jim Dickson was signed to produce the next Flying Burrito Brothers album.
First Jim Dickson was routining the group on some practice tapes where they played a selection of country standards,
intermingled with material from their live set.
Some sources say these songs were recorded shortly after the "Burrito Deluxe" sessions, but I think it was recorded before.

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Michael Clarke & Bernie Leadon.
Guest: Herb Pedersen (additional acoustic guitar and vocals) - later added to the recordings!

- Tonight the bottle let me down
- Angel
- Close up the honky tonks
- Green, green grass of home
- Break my mind
- Just because
- Dim lights, thick smoke
- Crazy arms
- Boney Maroney
- Sing me back home
- Six days on the road
- To love somebody
- Honky tonk woman
- Lodi
- Together again
- I shall be released

All those songs were later released on the album "The Flying Burrito Brothers: Hony Tonk Heaven"!

Note: Another song from those sessions "I shall be released" was released on the best of album "The Flying Burrito Brothers: Farther along". It was found at the end of a long-ignored reel of tape.
Also a quite different version of "Sing me back home" was released on the "Farther along" CD.

Sound sample of Tonight the bottle let me down!
Late 1969
The Flying Burrito Brothers "Sound Factory" recordings "Acetate"
Sound Factory

"Acetate disc"
Enlarge picture!

Produced by Jim Dickson.

A few songs from the "Sound Factory" recordings (mentioned above) were pressed
on an Acetate disc but without the later added acoustic guitar and background vocals by Herb Pedersen.

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Michael Clarke & Bernie Leadon.

- Together again
- Sing me back home
- Crazy arms
- Lodi (instrumental version)
- Lodi
- Boney Maroney
- Angel
- Honky tonk woman
- Six days on the road
- Just because
- Close up the honky tonks

Sound sample of Lodi (instrumental version)!

Here is a video with the songs from the "Sound Factory" recordings
without the additional recordings of Herb Pedersen as heard on the "Honky Tonk Heaven"album.

Late 1969
Gene Clark feat. The Flying Burrito Brothers
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"Gene Clark"
"Lost studio sessions"

Produced by Jim Dickson.

Recorded at the "Sound Factory", Hollywood, CA.
(Pretty sure it's from the same session as the songs released on the "Honky Tonk Heaven" album.)

Musicians: Gene Clark (lead vocals), Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman, Bernie Leadon, Sneaky Pete Kleinow & Michael Clarke

- She darked the sun

Note: Released on the Gene Clark CD " The lost studio sessions - 1964 - 1982"!

Sound sample of She darked the sun!

Here is a clip of the Flying Burrito Brothers performing "at Altamont" in December 1969!
(There was no audio in this clip, I added the music from the Altamont concert and
repeated scenes to make it longer.)

Late 1969 or
early 1970
Flying Burrito Brothers sessions for "Burrito Deluxe" album
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"Unreleased"

Produced by Jim Dickson.

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman, Bernie Leadon, Sneaky Pete Kleinow & Michael Clarke.

- 1000 Dollar wedding
- Two hearts (written by Gram Parsons & Chris Hillman)
- Last date (written by Gram Parsons & Chris Hillman)
- Tomorrow is a time (written by Bob Dyland)

Note: The Flying Burrito Brothers recorded these song when initially workinig on an
early aborted attempt at "1000 Dollar wedding".
The band rejected this new Gram Parsons composition, which Hillman dismissed as a mawkish dirge.

January/February
1970
The Flying Burrito Brothers "Burrito Deluxe" album
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"Burrito Deluxe"

Produced by Jim Dickson & Henry Lewy.

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Michael Clarke & Bernie Leadon
Guests: Leon Russell, Byron Berline, Leopoldo C. Carbajal, Frank Blanco, Tommy Johnson & Buddy Childers.

- Lazy days
- Image of me
- High fashion queen
- If you gotta go
- Man in the fog
- Farther along
- Older guys
- Cody, Cody
- God's own singer
- Down in the churchyard
- Wild horses

Sound sample of Wild horses!

Gram Parsons was effectively "sacked" from the Burritos in June 1970!
Interested in the complete history of
"THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS" then watch this clip!!

 

Mid 1970
The Terry Melcher produced Gram Parsons album
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"Unreleased"

Unreleased Gram Parsons album produced by Terry Melcher for "A & M Records".

Gram & Melcher were thinking up album titles like "These blues have made a nigger out of me" or "Money honey"!
The album was later remixed at "Olympic Studios" in London. Perry Richardson remembers Gram playing "1000 Dollar  Wedding" on the studio piano as well as doing a little overdubbing – this went on for a few days.

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Clarence White, Ry Cooder, Earl P. Ball, Byron Berline, Mary Clayton, Spooner Oldham, Claudia Lennear ...

- White line fever
- Brass buttons
- Dream baby
- Sleepless nights
- I fall to pieses
- Do right woman
- She thinks I still care
- Hand to mouth
- Family bible
- It's all wrong
- Your love

Late 1970
Gram Parsons recordings produced by Jesse Ed Davis
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"Unreleased"
Enlarge picture!

Unreleased recordings produced by Jesse Ed Davis.

Gram Parsons took his own money, went into the studio with Jesse Ed Davis as producer.

According to an article in the October 31, 1970 issue of "Record World", is written that Jesse Ed Davis is producing Gram Parsons for A&M.

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Jesse Ed Davis, Moon Martin, Clarence White ...

Gram cut four or five cuts with Davis:

- Ain't no Beatle, ain't no Rolling Stone
- Kansas city
- White line fever
- Wild horses

Note: "Ain't no Beatle, ain't no Rolling Stone" & "Kansas city" was pressed as acetate 45 by "DCT".
DCT was not a record label, but actually DCT Recorders, a mastering studio on Sunset Boulevard, the location of which is now the home of "Amoeba Records". DCT Recorders was a small studio located at the corner of Sunset and Cahenga, they cut lacquers or acetates there.!

Gram Parsons

GRAM PARSONS

1971
Gram Parsons
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"Gram Parsons Mini EP"
Enlarge picture!

Recorded at Wally Heider studio, Hollywood, CA. produced by Chris Hinshaw and recorded by Cal Frisk!

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Chris Ethridge, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Jesse Ed Davis & Larry Knechtel.

- 1000 Dollar wedding
- Hot Burrito #1

Note: Released on the EP "Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels" and also on the Sierra "Gram Parsons - The early years" mini CD".

Sound sample of Hot Burrito # 1!
1972
Gram Parsons - The rehearsal tapes 1972
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"Cosmic American music"

Songs from 5 cassettes all date approx. 1972 recorded with a standard condenser mike on a ghetto blaster tapes made so Gram could have some idea how songs, arrangements, vocal lines and harmonies were going to come out later.

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Ric Grech, Byron Berline, Alan Munde, Barry Tashian.

- Song for you
- Kentucky blues
- Streets of Baltimore
- Folsom prison blues
- Lovesick blues
- The new soft shoe
- How much I've lied
- Still feeling blue
- Ain't no Beatle, ain't no Rolling Stone
- Medley: How can I foget you / Cry one more time
- A song for you
- Streets of Baltimore
- That's all it took
- Somebody's back in town
- More and more
- Daddy's fiddle
- We'll sweep out the ashes in the morning
- Cold cold heart
- That's all it took
- A song for you

Note: Only for die-hard fans!

Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris

GRAM PARSONS
& EMMYLOU HARRIS

September/October
1972
Gram Parsons "GP" album
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"GP"
Reprise sessions!

Produced by Gram Parsons & Rik Grech!
Recorded at "Wally Heider" studios.

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Barry Tashian, James Burton, Buddy Emmons, Al Perkins,
Byron Berline, Glen D. Hardin, Rik Grech, John Conrad, Ronnie Tutt, John Guerin, Sam Goldstein,
Alan Munde, Hal Battiste, Ron Hicklin, Tom Bahler, Mitch Gordon & Lewis Morford.

- Still feeling blue
- We'll sweep out the ashes in the morning
- A song for you
- Street of Blatimore
- She
- That's all it took
- The new soft shoe
- Kiss the children
- Cry on more time (Barry Tashian on lead vocals)
- How much I've lied
- Big mouth blues

Note: On the "Reprise Records" release "Gram Parsons - The complete Reprise sessions" are the Gram albums "GP" & "Grievous angel" with alternate takes, bonus tracks, interviews and radio promos!

Sound sample of She!
March 1973
Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels - Live 1973
Fallen Angles cover

"Live 1973"

Produced by John M. Delgatto & Marley Brant.
Broadcast and recorded live on March 13, 1973 at the Ultra Sonic Recording Studios, Hempstead, NY.

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, N.D. Smart II, Kyle Tullis, Neil Flanz & Jock Bartley

- We'll sweep out the ashes
- Country baptizing
- Drug store truck drivin' man
- Big mouth blues
- The new soft shoe
- Cry one more time
- Streets of Baltimore
- That's all it took
- Love hurts
- California cottonfields
- Six days on the road
- Encore medley:
  - Bony Maronie
  - Forty days
  - Almost grown

Note: Promoting "GP" album, The Fallen Angels made their way across the United States leaving satisfied minds and soothed souls everywhere in their wake.

Sound sample of Love hurts!

Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris

GRAM PARSONS & EMMYLOU HARRIS

The first weekend of June 1973 there was a "Country Rock Festival" at
the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia.
Eddie Tickner & Jim Dickson put it together with an east coast promoter.
Two shows, one in Annapolis, Maryland and the other one in Philadelphia.
Performers at this show were:
Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Country Gazette, The Kentucky Colonels
Gene Parsons, Clarence White, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Byron Berline
Chris Ethridge, Roger Bush ....
.

One set was Clarence White, Gram Parsons, Gene Parsons, Sneaky Pete Kleinow,
Chris Ethridge, Emmylou Harris .... .
This was probably the band what would tour the fall of the "Warner Bros. Records"
world tour with the addition of Skip Battin.
All of them had to promote new albums!

A very short poor quality film survived.
In this clip are scenes used several times, forward and backwards to make a longer clip. Music is from an audience recording.

This is the last public performance given by
Gram Parsons with Clarence White, Gene Parsons and others.
Gram and Clarence had planned to perform and record in the future together
with Gene playing drums and singing vocals.
This clip is country rock history.

July 1973
Gram Parsons "Grievous Angel" album
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"Grievous angel"
Reprise sessions!

Produced by Gram Parsons!
Recorded at "Wally Heider" studios & "Captiol Records" studios.

Musicians: Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Herb Pedersen, James Burton, Al Perkins, Glen D. Hardin,
Emory Gordy, Jr., Ronnie Tutt, Bernie leadon, Byron Berline, Steve Snyder, N.D. Smart II, Linda Ronstadt.

- Return of the grievous angel
- Hearts on fire
- I can't dance
- Brass buttons
- 1000 Dollar wedding
   - Medley live from Norhtern Quebec:
     - Cash on the barrelhead
     - Hickory wind
- Love hurts
- Ooh Las Vegas
- In my hour of darkness

The following tracks were recoded at the same sessions but released later on the album
"Gram Parsons & The Flying Burrito Brothers - Sleepless nights":

- Brand new heartche
- Sleepless nights
- The angels rejoiced lsat night

Sound sample of Love hurts!

Note: On the "Reprise Records" release "Gram Parsons - The complete Reprise sessions" are the Gram albums "GP" & "Grievous angel" with alternate takes, bonus tracks, interviews and radio promos!

GRAM PARSONS SESSIONS

Country Rock Group

My country rock "dream" group that never happened!
"Gram played with all these fine musicians (at least live)!"

late 1968
The Christmas Spirit - single
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"The Christmas Spirit"

The Christmas Spirit

- Christmas is my time of year
- Will you still believe in me (The flip side is a more sedate affair with Ronstadt possibly on backing vocals)

Produced and arranged by Chip Douglas

Musicians on "Christmas is my time of year": Chip Douglas (Monkees producer and Turtles member),
Gram Parsons, Clarence White, Gene Parsons, Linda Ronstadt, Howard Kaylan, Henry Diltz, Cyrus Faryar, and (probably) Micky Dolenz' Moog synthesizer.

Sound sample of Christmas is my time of year!
1969
Jack Wilce single
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"Jack Wilce"

Jack Wilce

- Apple pie, mother and the flag
- Ballad of Baby Browning

B-side "Ballad of Baby Browning" featured Gram Parsons on background vocals, Sneaky Pete Kleinow's pedal steel, Chris Ethridge on bass, James Burton on electric guitar and dobro, Jim Gordon on drums & Jack Wilce played acoustic guitar and sang lead.

Sound sample of Ballad of Baby Browning!
1969
Steve Young "Rock, salt & nails" album
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"Steve Young"

Steve Young's "Rock, salt & nails" album produced by Tommy LiPuma

This is Steve Young's debut album.
Gram happened to be recording the Burrito's "Gilded palace of sin" album at the same studio, liked what he heard,
and stopped over to play organ on a version of the Otis Redding soul classic "That's how strong my love is".

Musicians: Steve Young, Gram Parsons on piano, James Burton, Gene Clark, David Jackson, Chris Ethridge,
Richard Greene, Don Beck, Bernie Leadon, Hal Blaine & Meyer Sniffin.

That's how strong my love is / Rock salt and nails / I'm a one-woman man / Coyote / Gonna find me a bluebird / Love in my time
Seven bridges road / Kenny's song / Holler in the swamp / Hoboin / My sweet love ain't around

Sound sample of That's how strong my love is!
1970
Fred Neil "You don't miss your water"
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"Fred Neil"

- You don't miss your water

During Gram Parsons' downtime after the Burrito's second record "Burrito Deluxe" he and Neil recorded a wonderfully lugubrious version of the William Bell track "You don't miss your water". Gram had already staked his claim on the song with The Byrds for their iconic album "Sweetheart of the rodeo". However, in this version everything slows down to live in Neil's molasses world. This is also one of the few instances when Gram (here billed as Graham Parsons) shows off his chops, playing wonderfully laconic piano, and singing distinctly tart backing vocals.

This song was released on the Fred Neil album "Another side of this life" released 1971.

Sound sample of You don't miss your water!
1970
Delaney & Bonnie "Motel shot" album
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"Delaney & Bonnie"

"Motel shot" is the fourth studio album by Delaney & Bonnie, produced by Delaney Bramlett.
Motel Shot was recorded in the spirit of a late-night motel jam session, after a show - back to the basics.

Musicians: Delaney Bramlett, Bonnie Bramlett, Gram Parsons, Leon Russell, Clarence White, Joe Cocker
Duanne Allman, Dave Mason, John Hartford, Bobby Whitlock, Ben Benay, Kenny Gradney, Eddie James, Jim Keltner
Bobby Keys, Carl Radle, Jay York & Johnny Bramlett.

Tracks: Where the soul never dies / Will the circle be unbroken / Rock of ages / Long road ahead / Faded love / Talkin' about Jesus
Come on in my kitchen / Don't deceive me (Please don't go) / Never ending song of love / Sing my way home
Goin' down the road feelin' bad / Lonesome and long way from home

Note This happend during a break after the Burrito's "Burrito Deluxe" album.

Sound sample of Long road ahead!
May/June
1970
The Byrds "Untitled" album
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"The Byrds"

The Byrds "Untitled" album produced by Terry Melcher & Jim Dickson.

The Byrds: Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, Gene Parsons & Skip Battin.
Guests: Sneaky Pete Kleinow steel guitar on "Yesterday's train" &
Byron Berline fiddle on "You all look alike".

The backing vocals on the song "All the things" included the unheralded presence of Gram Parsons, making his first appearnce on a Byrds album since "Sweetheart of the rodeo".

Sound sample of All the things!
1971
Jesse Ed Davis "!Jesse Davis!" album
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"Jesse Ed Davis"

Jesse Ed Davis "!Jesse Davis! album!

Musicians: Jesse Ed Davis, Gram Parsons (backing vocals), Leon Russell, Eric Clapton ...

Tracks: Reno street incident / Tulsa county / Washita love child / Every night is Saturday night / You belladonna you
Rock'n'roll gypsies / Golden sun godddess / Crazy love

Note: On Jesse Ed Davis' second album "Ulula" is the song "White line fever". Their are rumors that it's from the Melcher sessions with Davis replacing Gram's lead vocals.
Also Moon Martin of Southwind, Ronstadt's band and solo fame, worked on these sessions as did Clarence it seems. Moon has said in interviews he recalled "White Line Fever" as it also appeared on the "Ulula", he thought it might have been the same track, but with Ed's vocals instead of Grams.

Sound sample of White line fever!

Note: Jesse Ed Davis was a full-blooded Kiowa Indian, Davis played in country star Conway Twitty's band in his native Oklahoma before moving to Los Angeles and quickly picking up session work backing Gary Lewis.

1971
The Rolling Stones "Exile on Main St." album
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"The Rolling Stones"

"Exile on Main St." was the 10th studio album by the Rolling Stones recorded from October 1970 to March 1972.

Musicians: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts & Mick Taylor.

Produced by Jimmy Miller.

Guests: Al Perkins (steel guitar on "Torn and frayed"), Gram Parsons (background vocals on "Sweet Virginia"),
Nicky Hopkins, Bobby Keys, Jim Price, Ian Stewart, Jimm Miller, Bill Plummer ...

Note. Gram Parsons had an influence on the country music elements of "Excile on Main St.". Gram was in Villa Nellcote with the Stones 1971.

Sound sample of Sweet Virginia!

On September 19, 1973, Gram Parsons died of a massive drug overdose.
His family arranged for the body to be sent home to Louisiana for burial,
but Parsons' manager and friend, Phil Kaufman had made a pact with him.
Whoever died first was to take the other's remains out to
Joshua Tree National Park and cremate him.

Kaufman held to his end of the bargain, arriving at L.A. International Airport
to intercept the coffin before it was put on-board a plane.
Kaufman and a friend then drove Parsons' body to the park,
doused it with gasoline and set it ablaze.
A few days later, both men were taken into custody.
However, there was no law against stealing a body, so both men were fined
$750 for stealing the casket and released.

Parsons' remains were eventually sent to Louisiana where he was buried in
the Garden of Memories in Metairie.

Tombstone

Gram Parsons tombstone!

"Who is the father of country rock?"

Watch this clip (of course this is just my opinion!):

 

And now at the end please sign The GRAM PARSONS PETITION
to induct Gram into the "Rock & Country Halls Of Fame"!
Gram deserves it!

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