Chris Hillman
Biography, discography & family tree

At the age of 16 Chris Hillman formed together with Larry Murray, Gary Carr and Kenny Wertz the bluegrass group SCOTTSVILLE SQUIRREL BARKERS. They started to perform at school-parties. In the summer of 1962 they recorded an album for Crown Records. It took them three hours to record the bluegrass standards. Even though the group performed live some of their own songs they were not allowed to record them for the album. Crown released the album "The Best Of Bluegrass Favorites" several times. Sometimes they even called the group KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN BOYS (as did the Dutch release on Ariola in the early seventies). Chris Hillman played mandolin with the SCOTTSVILLE SQUIRREL BARKERS and many critics called him the next genius.

SCOTTSVILLE SQUIRREL BARKERS 1
1958 - 1962
Chris
Hillman

gtr/vcl

Larry
Murray
gtr/vcl

Gary
Carr
gtr/vcl
Ed
Douglas

bs

Kenny
Wertz

gtr/bjo

SCOTTSVILLE SQUIRREL BARKERS album
1961: SCOTTSVILLE SQUIRREL BARKERS - Blue Grass Favorites (Crown Records)

In 1962 Kenny Wertz left the SCOTTSVILLE SQUIRREL BARKERS. He was replaced by Bernie Leadon. The group did not stay for long together though. They split up in 1962 Chris Hillman joined the GOLDEN STATE BOYS.

SCOTTSVILLE SQUIRREL BARKERS 2
1962
Chris
Hillman

gtr/vcl

Larry
Murray
gtr/vcl

Gary
Carr
gtr/vcl
Ed
Douglas

bs

Bernie
Leadon

gtr/bjo/vcl

The GOLDEN STATE BOYS had been looking for a new mandolin player and when they heard Chris Hillman play with the SCOTTSVILLE SQUIRREL BARKERS, they asked him to join.

GOLDEN STATE BOYS 2 1962
Chris
Hillman

mdl/vcl

Vern
Gosdin
gtr/vcl

Rex
Gosdin
bs/vcl
Don
Parmley

bjo


Don Parmley album
1962: Don Parmley - 5 String Banjo (GNP 98)

Once Chris Hillman was a member of the group they wanted to change their name. At first they played as the BLUE DIAMOND BOYS.

BLUE DIAMOND BOYS 1963
Chris
Hillman

mdl/vcl

Vern
Gosdin
gtr/vcl

Rex
Gosdin
bs/vcl
Don
Parmley

bjo

In the end they called themselves the HILLMEN. They made some demo recordings and changed their name first to BLUE DIAMOND BOYS and then to HILLMEN. During this time the group recorded an album, which was released as "Don Parmley And The Five String Banjo". This album was originally intended to be just a solo-recording by Don Parmley. It has to be regarded as the first HILLMEN album though, as all four members play on all the tracks, even though they were augmented by several guest musicians. At the same time Chris Hillman also helped Tut taylor to record the album "12-string Dobro".

Jim Dickson was supervising the recordings of  another album of the HILLMEN. Unfortunately they did not succeed in finding a record company to release the album. The recordings were kept in the shelves till the early seventies, when Together records decided to release it. In the meantime this album has been rereleased several times. Those rereleases coming from SugarHill Records deserve attention, as they offered additional tracks. Chris Hillman could explain the history of the group in the liner notes of the rerelease.

The HILLMEN disbanded in the summer of 1964, when Chris Hillman left to join the BYRDS.
HILLMEN 1963 - 1964
Chris
Hillman

mdl/vcl

Vern
Gosdin
gtr/vcl

Rex
Gosdin
bs/vcl
Don
Parmley

bjo


HILLMEN album
1963: HILLMEN - The Hillmen (Together Records St-T-1012) (released 1970)
1963: HILLMEN - The Hillmen (Sugar Hill Records SHCD 3719) (CD rerelease 1995 w/ 5 bonus tracks)

Chris Hillman sessions
1963: Tut Taylor: 12-String Dobro (World Pacific GXC 2011)

At the same time as their first single was released - even if under the wrong name of the BEEFEATERS - the JET SET found the bass player they were looking for. He was Chris Hillman who was a mandolin player and who had never played a bass before. It didn't take him long to play the instrument and so the group only needed to decide on the final name.
JET SET 3 1964
Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman

bs/mdl/vcl
Michael
Clarke

dr/pcs
David
Crosby

gtr/vcl
Gene
Clark

gtr/vcl

The 5 musicians did not only record their own songs, Jim Dickson had asked them to record the Bob Dylan composition "Mr. Tambourine Man".

The recording was fine but Dickson was convinced that the song could be done even better, so he got some session musicians and they rerecorded the song again. This time only the guitar of McGuinn and the vocals of McGuinn, Clark and Crosby came from the group. After discussing many different names the five musicians agreed that BYRDS would be the right name for them.

BYRDS 1 8/64 - 3/66
Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman

bs/mdl/vcl
Michael
Clarke

dr/pcs
David
Crosby

gtr/vcl
Gene
Clark

gtr/vcl

Their debut album was released in 1965 and it offered an interesting mixture of Bob Dylan tunes and Gene Clark compositions. All the songs on "Mr. Tambourine Man with the exception of the single version of "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "All I Really Want To Do" were recorded by the five musicians. In 1965 they even flew to England for their first European tour.

In 1966 their second album "Turn Turn Turn" was released. After the recording of two new songs - "Eight Miles High" and "Why" -, which were released as the BYRDS' next single. Gene Clark, who didn't like flying, left the group in 1966.

BYRDS - singles / EPs
1964: BYRDS - Mr. Tambourine Man (Bob Dylan) b/w I Knew I'd Want You (Gene Clark) (CBS 201765)
1965: BYRDS - All I Really Want To Do (Bob Dylan) b/w I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better (Gene Clark) (CBS 201796)
1965: BYRDS - Turn Turn Turn (Pete Seeger) b/w She Don't Care About Time (Gene Clark) (CBS 202008)
1966: BYRDS - Set You Free This Time (Gene Clark) b/w It Won't Be Wrong (Jim McGuinn / Harvey Gerst) (CBS 202037)
1966: BYRDS - The Times They Are A-Changing (Bob Dylan) / The Bells Of Rhymney (Pete Seeger / Idris Davies) / It's No Use (Gene Clark / Jim McGuinn) /  We'll Meet Again  (R. Parker / H. Charles) (EP; CBS EP 6069)
1966: BYRDS - Eight Miles High (Jim McGuinn / Gene Clark / David Crosby) b/w Why (Jim McGuinn / David Crosby) (CBS 202067)
1966: BYRDS - Mr. Tambourine Man (Bob Dylan) / All I Really Want To Do (Gene Clark) / Turn Turn Turn (Pete Seeger) / Eight Miles High (Jim McGuinn / Gene Clark / David Crosby) (EP; CBS EP 6077)

BYRDS - albums
1964: BYRDS - Preflyte (Together Records ST T 1001) (released 1970)
1964: BYRDS - The Preflyte Sessions (Sundazed SC 11116) (released 2001)
1964: BYRDS - In The Beginning (Rhino Records 8122 702442) (released 1988)
1965: BYRDS - Mr. Tambourine Man (CBS 62 571)
1966: BYRDS - Turn! Turn! Turn! (CBS 62 652)
1966: BYRDS - Fifth Dimension (CBS 62 783)

BYRDS - session
1965: Jackie deShannon - Splendor In The Grass b/w Come And Get Me (Single; Reprise 66171)

BYRDS sampler
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 1 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 2 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 3 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 4 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)

Chris Hillman sessions
1966: GENE CLARK & GOSDIN BROTHERS - Gene Clark With The Gosdin Brothers (CBS 62934)
1966: Gene Clark - Early L.A. Sessions (Columbia KC 31123) (rerelease of a.m. album 1972)
1966: Gene Clark - Echoes (Columbia / Legacy 48523) (Compilation album 1991)

The others continued after the departure of Gene Clark as a quartet. When it came to recording new material everybody was offering new compositions. As they all had learned from the past that the song writers could earn more money than the others they fought for the highest quantity of songs on the album.

When David Crosby spoke on stage about the political situation in America the conflicts within the group got stronger.

BYRDS 2 3/66 - 10/67
Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman

bs/mdl/vcl
Michael
Clarke

dr/pcs
David
Crosby

gtr/vcl

BYRDS - singles

1966: BYRDS - 5D (Jim McGuinn) b/w Captain Soul (Jim McGuinn / Chris Hillman / David Crosby / Michael Clarke) (Single; CBS 202259)

1966: BYRDS - Mr. Spaceman (Jim McGuinn) b/w What's Happening (David Crosby) (Single; CBS 202295)

1967: BYRDS - So You Want To Be A Rock'n'Roll Star (Chris Hillman / Jim McGuinn) b/w Everybody's Been Burned (David Crosby) (Single; CBS 202559)

1967: BYRDS - My Back Pages (Bob Dylan) b/w Renaissance Fair (David Crosby) (Single; CBS 202468)

1967: BYRDS - Lady Friend (David Crosby) b/w Don't Make Waves (Jim McGuinn/Chris Hillman) (Single; CBS 202 924)

1967: BYRDS - Have You Seen Her Face (Chris Hillman) b/w Don't Make Waves (Roger McGuinn / Chris Hillman) (Single; US: Columbia 4-44157)

1967: BYRDS - Lady Friend (David Crosby) b/w Old John Robertson (Roger McGuinn / Chris Hillman) (Single; US: Columbia 4-44230)


BYRDS - albums

1967: BYRDS - Younger Than Yesterday (CBS 62 988)

1964 - 1967: BYRDS - Never Before (Murray Hill D 22 808) (released 1989)

1967: v.a. - Monterey International Pop Festival (Rhino R2 70506) (released 1992)

1967: BYRDS - Another Dimension (Sundazed)

BYRDS - session

1966: David Hemmings - Happens (MGM Records E/SE 4490)


BYRDS sampler
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 1 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 2 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 3 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 4 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)

In October 1967 Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn decided that it would be better to go on without David Crosby. They told him to leave and they payed him some money. For a few weeks Gene Clark returned to the BYRDS, but he didn't stay long.
BYRDS 3 10/67
Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman

bs/mdl/vcl
Michael
Clarke

dr/pcs
Gene
Clark

gtr/vcl

A short time after Gene Clark's second departure from The BYRDS Michael Clarke got disillusioned from the rock business and he left the BYRDS too.
BYRDS 4 10/67 - 11/67
Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman

bs/mdl/vcl
Michael
Clarke

dr/pcs

BYRDS - single

1967: BYRDS - Goin' Back (Gerry Goffin / Carole King) b/w Change Is Now (Roger McGuinn / Chris Hillman) (Single; CBS 203093)


BYRDS - recordings

1967: BYRDS - Don't Make Waves (Roger McGuinn / Chris Hillman) (Soundtrack Version; released on "v.a. - Don't Make Waves")


BYRDS - album

1968: BYRDS - The Notorious Byrd Brothers (CBS 63 169)


BYRDS sampler
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 1 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 2 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 3 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 4 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)

Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman started again with new musicians. Kevin Kelley was the first to come. He was playing the drums.
BYRDS 5 11/67 - 4/68
Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman

bs/mdl/vcl
Kevin
Kelley

dr/pcs

The BYRDS were booked for a concert at the Winterland in San Francisco in December 1967. Even though Roger McGuinn had got the flu and was unable to appear the group did not want to cancel the date. Chris Hillman asked Gene Clark to rejoin the BYRDS for this single concert. It must have been an interesting show, with Gene Clark playing his Gretsch guitar and Chris Hillman changing between bass, guitar and mandolin.
BYRDS 5a 12/67
Gene
Clark

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman

bs/gtr/mdl/vcl
Kevin
Kelley

dr/pcs

Of course Roger McGuinn continued as the leader of the BYRDS.

In April 1968 they hired Gram Parsons as new member. He succeeded in changing the musical style of the group from folk-rock to country-rock.

Their album "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" was one of the most important records of country rock.

BYRDS 6 4/68 - 7/68
Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman

bs/mdl/vcl
Kevin
Kelley

dr/pcs
Gram
Parsons

gtr/pno/vcl

BYRDS - singles

1968: BYRDS - You Ain't Going Nowhere (Bob Dylan) b/w Artifical Energy (Roger McGuinn / Chris Hillman / Michael Clarke) (Single; CBS 203411)

1968: BYRDS - I Am A Pilgrim (traditional) b/w Pretty Boy Floyd (Woody Guthrie) (Single; CBS 203752)


BYRDS - album

1968: BYRDS - Sweetheart Of The Rodeo (CBS 63 353)


BYRDS sampler
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 1 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 2 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 3 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 4 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)

Chris Hillman session
1968: DILLARD & CLARK - The Fantastic Expedition Of Dillard And Clark (A&M SP 4158)

A few hours before leaving for a tour of South Africa Gram Parsons decided to leave the BYRDS. During the time of the tour Carlos Bernal was sitting in for him.

BYRDS 7 7/68
Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman

bs/mdl/vcl
Kevin
Kelley

dr/pcs
Carlos
Bernal

gtr/vcl

After their return to the United States Of America Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman restructured the BYRDS again.

Clarence White, who already played on some songs in the studio was the first to join the BYRDS in the new line-up.
BYRDS 8 8/68
Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman

bs/mdl/vcl
Kevin
Kelley

dr/pcs
Clarence
White

gtr/vcl

When Kevin Kelley left the group Clarence White brought Gene Parsons to the BYRDS.

BYRDS 9 9/68-10/68
Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman

bs/mdl/vcl
Gene
Parsons

dr/pcs/bjo/
harm/vcl
Clarence
White

gtr/vcl


After leaving the BYRDS Gram Parsons wanted to play a music combining elements of rock'n'roll, country and soul. He was looking for some musicians and even thought about rejoining his former colleagues in the FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS. But then he learned that Chris Hillman also wanted to leave the BYRDS. At the same time Sneaky Pete Kleinow who had been rehearsing with Rick Nelson's new band, the STONE CANYON BAND came along to play some music with Gram Parsons and other musicians. Gram Parsons had also auditioned for Richie Furay's new group POGO, but then lost interest in joining an existing group. Together with Chris Hillman, Sneaky Pete Kleinow and two former members of the INTERNATIONAL SUBMARINE BAND he took the name of the FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS even though the original FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS were still playing on the east coast.

FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS 4
12/68 - 1/69
Gram
Parsons

gtr/vcl

Peter
Kleinow
pdl steel

Chris
Hillman

gtr/vcl
Chris
Ethridge

bs/pno/vcl
Jon
Corneal

dr/vcl

FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS singles
1969: FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - The Train Song (Gram Parsons / Chris Hillman) b/w Hot Burrito # 1 (Gram Parsons / Chris Ethridge) (Single; A&M 1067)
1969: FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - Wheels (Gram Parsons / Chris Hillman) b/w Juanita (Gram Parsons / Chris Hillman) (Single; A&M)

FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS album
1969: FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - The Gilded Palace Of Sin (A&M 212 067)

The FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS, who had started with Jon Corneal as their drummer felt that Jon Corneal was playing country drums and so they asked Michael Clarke to replace Jon Corneal.

FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS 5 2/69 - 7/69
Gram
Parsons

gtr/vcl

Peter
Kleinow
pdl steel

Chris
Hillman

gtr/vcl
Chris
Ethridge

bs/pno/vcl
Michael
Clarke

dr/pcs

Chris Hillman session
1969: Bob Gibson - Bob Gibson (Capitol 742)
1969: DILLARD & CLARK - Through The Morning Through The Night (A&M SP 4203)
1969: GOSDIN BROTHERS - One Hundred Years From Now (Vern & Rex Gosdin) b/w No Matter Where You Go (Gib Guilbeau) (Single; Edict 167)

Chris Ethridge did not like touring. He wanted to stay more with his family and so he left the FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS. It was rather difficult to find a new bass player and so Chris Hillman returned to the bass. Bernie Leadon was the new member. He had already played with Chris Hillman in the SCOTSVILLE SQUIRREL BARKERS and he had been a member of DILLARD & CLARK. When the FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS started to record their next album, which they wanted to call "Things", Gram Parsons lost his interest in the group. He preferred hanging around with the ROLLING STONES. Only two songs ("Two Hearts" and "Tomorrow Is A Long Time") were recorded, but never released. Things started getting better, when Gram Parsons returned from England and returned to the studio with the FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS.

The album "Burrito Deluxe" was more rock music then country and presented a then unreleased composition by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards ("Wild Horses").

FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS 6
8/69 - 12/69

Gram
Parsons

gtr/vcl
Peter
Kleinow

pdl steel
Chris
Hillman
bs/vcl
Michael
Clarke

dr/pcs
Bernie
Leadon

gtr/bjo/vcl

FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS album
1970: FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - Burrito Deluxe (A&M AMLS 983)

FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS compilation
1969 - 1971: FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - Honky Tonk Heaven (A&M 87 593 XDT)

FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS singles
1970: FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - Older Guys (Gram Parsons / Chris Hillman / Bernie Leadon) b/w Down In The Churchyard (Gram Parsons / Chris Hillman) (Single; A&M 1189)
1970: FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Bob Dylan) b/w Cody, Cody (Gram Parsons / Chris Hillman) (Single; A&M)
1970: FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - Man In The Fog (Gram Parsons / Bernie Leadon) b/w Cody Cody (Gram Parsons / Chris Hillman) (Single; A&M 14682 AT)

Shortly before starting a tour of Canada Gram Parsons announced that he was no longer playing with the band. It was impossible to find a replacement in time for the tour, so the group continued as a quartet.

FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS 7
1/70 - 4/70

Chris
Hillman
bs/vcl
Peter
Kleinow

pdl steel
Bernie
Leadon

gtr/bjo/vcl
Michael
Clarke

dr/pcs

The FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS were asked by a friend to help a young singer / songwriter to record his debut album. This young musician was Rick Roberts. The members of the BURRITOS and Rick Roberts immediately harmonized and it didn't take them long to forget the solo debut album of Rick Roberts and record the next group album instead.
FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS 8
4/70 - 4/71
Chris
Hillman

bs/mdl/vcl
Peter
Kleinow

pdl steel
Michael
Clarke

dr/pcs
Bernie
Leadon

gtr/bjo/vcl
Rick
Roberts

gtr/vcl

FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS album
1971: FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - The Flying Burrito Brothers (A&M AMLS 64295)

FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - singles
1971: FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - White Line Fever (Merle Haggard) b/w Colorado (Rick Roberts) (Single; A&M 1277)

FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - recordings
1970: FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan) (released on "FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - Farther On"; compilation)
1970: FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - Money Honey (L. Harris) / Wake Up Little Suzie (Boudleaux & Felice Bryant) (live recordings; released on "FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - Hot Burrito 2"; compilation)

The FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS toured extensively and early 1971 they returned to the studio to start with the recording of their next album. Even Sneaky Pete Kleinow had two composition that he wanted the group to record. "Beat The Heat" was recorded but not considered strong enough to be included on the next album - some years later it was released on the compilation album "Honky Tonk Heaven". Another Kleinow composition - "Wings That Make Birds Fly" - was not recorded. Sneaky Pete Kleinow, who was disappointed, left the group immediately.

Chris Hillman session
1971: CHEROKEE - Cherokee (ABC Records)
1971: CHEROKEE - Girl I've Got News For You b/w All The Way Home (Single; ABC Records)
1971: Barry McGuire - Barry McGuire & The Doctor (Ode 77004)
1971: Marc Ellington - Marc Ellington ( ? )
1971: TWIN ENGINE - Twin Engine (Rev-Ola Records CR REV 57) (released 2004)

While looking for a replacement the group found Al Perkins, who could not only play the pedal steel, but also guitar, banjo and dobro. They played some concerts together as a warm up and then went on a long tour.
FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS 9
5/71 - 7/71
Chris
Hillman

bs/mdl/vcl

Al
Perkins

pdl steel/
gtr/bjo/dobro
Michael
Clarke

dr/pcs

Bernie
Leadon

gtr/bjo/vcl

Rick
Roberts

gtr/vcl

FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS recording
1971: FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - Steel Guitar Rag (Leon McAuliffe) (released on: "Al Perkins - Snapshots"; Kleartone Records KLR-0016)

Bernie Leadon was not lucky with his situation within the band and therefore left to form the EAGLES.

Chris Hillman got in contact with his old friend Kenny Wertz and asked him to join. Kenny Wertz agreed and the FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS toured till the end of August.
FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS 10
7/71 - 8/71
Chris
Hillman

bs/mdl/vcl

Al
Perkins

pdl steel/
gtr/bjo/dobro
Michael
Clarke

dr/pcs

Kenny
Wertz

gtr/bjo/vcl

Rick
Roberts

gtr/vcl


When Chris Hillman recognized that he had got a bluegrass band within the BURRITOS he asked Byron Berline to join with his fiddle to complete the bluegrass section. Together they toured till the end of October. One of their concerts was recorded and later on released as "Last Of The Red Hot Burritos".

FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS 11
9/71 - 10/71
Chris
Hillman

bs/mdl/vcl

Al
Perkins

pdl steel/
gtr/bjo/dobro
Michael
Clarke

dr/pcs

Kenny
Wertz

gtr/bjo/vcl

Rick
Roberts

gtr/vcl

Byron
Berline

fdl/mdl/vcl

FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS Album
1972: FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - Last Of The Red Hot Burritos (A&M SP 4343)

Chris Hillman and Al Perkins left the FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS to join Stephen Stills in his new band MANASSAS.

Stephen Stills had called some friends to come together to record his next solo album. While recording the new songs these musicians found out that they really liked playing together. They decided to form a group. For Chris Hillman and Al Perkins it ment that they had to leave the FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS. The new group was called MANASSAS. The group was able to play many different styles of music. During their existence of almost two years the group released one two record set and a single album. They toured extensively in America as well as in Europe. In concert as well as on the records the group presented a gret variance of music, they offered bluegrass, country, country-rock, folk-rock, blues-rock, rock and even latin music. In addition to the songs off their records they played material coming from the BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD, the BYRDS, the FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS or from CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG.

The concerts followed the same concept as those of the FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS or those of CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG. They started with some rocking music, followed by acoustic music (sometimes this became the Stephen Stills solo showcase) and bluegrass music, after that it was country music and for the final part they turned to rock-music again. Songs one could hear included "Hot Burrito # 2", "It Doesn't Matter", "So You Want To Be A Rock'n'Roll Star", "He Was A Friend Of Mine", "You're Still On My Mind" as well as most of the songs the group had recorded in the studio plus many Stephen Stills compositions. Most of the year 1972 saw MANASSAS touring.

MANASSAS 1 11/71 - 1/73
Stephen
Stills

gtr/kybds
/vcl

Al
Perkins
gtr/pdl steel

Chris
Hillman

gtr/mdl
/vcl
Paul
Harris

kybds

Dallas
Taylor

dr/pcs

Joe
Lala

pcs

Calvin
Samuels

bs


MANASSAS singles
1972: MANASSAS - The Treasure (Stephen Stills) b/w So Begins The Task (Stephen Stills) (Single; Atlantic)
1972: MANASSAS - The Treasure (Stephen Stills) / So Begins The Task (Stephen Stills) / Colorado (Stephen Stills) (Maxi; Atlantic)
1972: MANASSAS - It Doesn't Matter (Rick Roberts / Chris Hillman / Stephen Stills) b/w Rock'n'Roll Crazies (Stephen Stills / Dallas Taylor) - Cuban Bluegrass (Stephen Stills / Joe Lala) (Single; Spain: Atlantic)
1972: MANASSAS - It Doesn't Matter (Rick Roberts / Chris Hillman / Stephen Stills) / The Fallen Eagle (Stephen Stills) / Rock'n'Roll Crazies (Stephen Stills / Dallas Taylor) - Cuban Bluegrass (Stephen Stills / Joe Lala) (Maxi; Atlantic K 10147)
1972: MANASSAS - It Doesn't Matter (Rick Roberts / Chris Hillman / Stephen Stills) b/w The Fallen Eagle (Stephen Stills) (Single; Atlantic)
1972: MANASSAS - Rock'n'Roll Crazies (Stephen Stills / Dallas Taylor) b/w Colorado (Stephen Stills) (Single; Atlantic)
1972: MANASSAS - It Doesn't Matter (Rick Roberts / Chris Hillman / Stephen Stills) / Song Of Love (Stephen Stills) / Love Gangster (Stephen Stills / Bill Wyman) / Right Now (Stephen Stills) (Maxi; THAI; Atlantic)
1973: MANASSAS - Isn't It About Time (Stephen Stills) b/w So Many Times (Chris Hillman / Stephen Stills) (Single; Atlantic)
1973: MANASSAS - Down The Road (Stephen Stills) b/w Guaguanco De Vero (Stephen Stills / Joe Lala) (Single; Atlantic)

MANASSAS album
1972: MANASSAS - Manassas (Atlantic K 60 021)
1973: MANASSAS - Down The Road (Atlantic K 40 440)

MANASSAS DVD
1972: MANASSAS - The Best Of Musikladen (Pioneer 13023 19309)

Chris Hillman session
1972: Rick Roberts - Windmills (A&M Records SP 4372)
1972: Gene Clark - Roadmaster (A&M 87 584)

After the release of the second MANASSAS album "Down The Road" the group wanted to tour again. Calvin Samuels had left and Manassas had to find a new bass player, as Chris Hillman did not like to play that part again with MANASSAS. Stephen Stills knew a young musician, named Kenny Passarelli, who had already played together with Joe Walsh and Joe Vitale in the trio BARNSTORM. Kenny Passarelli had the time to join. MANASSAS now was ready to start the tour, but this time they lacked the enthusiasm of the previous year.

The tour endet in the summer of 1973. In September the group split in two parts: Stephen Stills, Joe Lala and Kenny Passarelli built the nucleus of the new STEPHEN STILLS BAND, whereas Chris Hillman, Al Perkins and Paul Harris went on to form the SOUTHER HILLMAN FURAY BAND.
MANASSAS 2 1/73 - 9/73
Stephen
Stills

gtr/kybds
/vcl

Al
Perkins
gtr/pdl steel

Chris
Hillman

gtr/mdl
/vcl
Paul
Harris

kybds

Dallas
Taylor

dr/pcs

Joe
Lala

pcs

Kenny
Passarelli

bs


As the BYRDS still had some concerts to do Chris Hillman and Joe Lala came fresh from a tour of MANASSAS to fill in. But without any rehearsals the concerts were - mildly spoken - a disaster.

BYRDS 14 3/73
Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman

bs/mdl/vcl
Joe
Lala

dr/pcs
Clarence
White

gtr/vcl


In February 1973 the five original BYRDS recorded an album together.
BYRDS 15 3/73
Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman

bs/mdl/vcl
Michael
Clarke

dr/pcs
David
Crosby

gtr/vcl
Gene
Clark

gtr/vcl

BYRDS album
1973: BYRDS - Byrds (Asylum Records SYLA 8754)

BYRDS singles
1973: BYRDS - Full Circle (Gene Clark) b/w Long Live The King (David Crosby) (Single; Asylum AYM 517)
1973: BYRDS - Things Will Be Better (Chris Hillman / Dallas Taylor) b/w For Free (Joni Mitchell) (Single; Asylum AYM 516)
1973: BYRDS - Cowgirl In The Sand (Neil Young) b/w Long Live The King (David Crosby) (Single; US: Asylum 11019)
1973: BYRDS - Full Circle (Gene Clark) b/w Things Will Be Better (Chris Hillman / Dallas Taylor) (Single; Asylum AYM 545)

The music critics did not like the album and so it mostly got negative reactions. A reunion tour, which they had discussed never materialized. The BYRDS and especially Roger McGuinn had not expected such a bad criticism. That was the end of the BYRDS.

BYRDS sampler
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 1 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 2 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 3 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)
1990: BYRDS - 4-CD-Box Disc 4 (Columbia / Legacy 4676112)

There have been several groups picking up the name as "BYRDS FEATURING MICHAEL CLARKE" or "TRIBUTE TO THE BYRDS" or "BYRDS CELEBRATION" but none of these groups were the "real" BYRDS", so the story ends here. All the details of the other groups can be found in the individual chapters of the musicians envolved.

Chris Hillman session
1973: Rick Roberts - She Is A Song (A&M Records SP 4404)
1973: Roger McGuinn - Roger McGuinn (CBS 65 274)
1973: POCO - Crazy Eyes (Epic 65631)

If you have an original member of the BYRDS (Chris Hillman, who is without a group after the end of MANASSAS), one of the front men of BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD (Richie Furay, who has just left POCO) and a well known singer/songwriter (John David Souther), that's all to form a supergroup. The success will be guaranteed. Sometimes it is not as easy as this. The group we are talking about, the group which has almost the same ingredients as CROSBY, STILLS & NASH is called - and that's really an original idea - SOUTHER HILLMAN FURAY BAND. In 1974 they release their debut album, simply called "S.H.F. Band". You really can't say that the album is bad, but compared to the expectations and the potential of those musicians, it could have been better. The tour demonstrated that this group knew how to play but the originality was missing. There is absolutely no doubt about the vocal and instrumental abilities of the group. One has to mention the SOUTHER HILLMAN FURAY BAND on the same level as POCO, the BYRDS or the FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS. The only problem was, you had already heard these ideas. There was nothing new about it. Even if you look at the song material the group was playing, there was nothing really new. "Devil In Disguise" didn't sound different to the version the FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS were playing; "Kind Woman" had nothing to add to the version of POCO. Even the new songs sounded as though they had already been played in the musical past of the musicians. In the end you can't say the group was lacking success, the only thing missing was an original musical style.

SOUTHER HILLMAN FURAY BAND 1 74 - 2/75
John David
Souther

gtr/vcl

Al
Perkins
gtr/pdl steel

Chris
Hillman

gtr/mdl
/vcl
Paul
Harris

kybds

Jim
Gordon

dr/pcs

Richie
Furay

gtr/vcl

SOUTHER HILLMAN FURAY BAND singles
1974: SOUTHER HILLMAN FURAY BAND - Safe At Home (Chris Hillman) b/w Border Town (John David Souther) (Single; Asylum Records)
1974: SOUTHER HILLMAN FURAY BAND - Fallin' In Love (Richie Furay) b/w Heavenly Fire (Chris Hillman / Len Fagan) (Single; Asylum Records 45201)

SOUTHER HILLMAN FURAY BAND album
1974: SOUTHER HILLMAN FURAY BAND - The S.H.F. Band (Asylum AS 53 004)

Chris Hillman session
1974: Terry Melcher - Terry Melcher (CBS)
1974: Bob Neuwirth - Bob Neuwirth ( ? )
1974: Gene Clark - No Other (Asylum 7E-1016) (rereleased with 7 acoustic bonus tracks in 2003)
1974: Rusty Wier - Stoned, Slow, Rugged (ABC Records ABCX-820)

"Touble In Paradise" had better songs than the debut album (especially the title song "Trouble In Paradise", Chris Hillman's "Move Me Real Slow" and "Follow Me Through" or John David Souther's "Prisoner In Disguise"), nevertheless you never had the impression to hear a real group. You always heard songs by individual musicians. In 1975, when Richie Furay had hurt his hand and the group couldn't play, there were rumours that the group would split up soon, due to musical differences. The management always denied these rumours. Even at a time, when Chris Hillman and John David Souther were already working hard on their respective solo releases, nobody confirmed the split.

In April 1975, the second album had just been completed, the SOUTHER HILLMAN FURAY BAND parted company and the three front men went their separate ways.

SOUTHER HILLMAN FURAY BAND 2 2/75 - 6/75
John David
Souther

gtr/vcl

Al
Perkins
gtr/pdl steel

Chris
Hillman

gtr/mdl
/vcl
Paul
Harris

kybds

Ron
Grinel

dr/pcs

Richie
Furay

gtr/vcl




SOUTHER HILLMAN FURAY BAND singles
1975: SOUTHER HILLMAN FURAY BAND - Mexico (John David Souther) b/w Move Me Real Slow (Chris Hillman) (Single; Asylum Records 13021)
1975: SOUTHER HILLMAN FURAY BAND - Trouble In Paradise (John David Souther) b/w On The Line (Richie Furay) (Single; Asylum Records E 45267)

SOUTHER HILLMAN FURAY BAND album
1975: SOUTHER HILLMAN FURAY BAND - Trouble In Paradise (Asylum 7E 1036)

After the end of the SOUTHER HILLMAN FURAY BAND Chris Hillman urgently wanted to tour. Together with Rick Roberts, Marks Andes and Jock Bartley from FIREFALL and Michael Wooten on drums he toured as CHRIS HILLMAN BAND. During the tour Chris Hillman became ill and he had to leave the tour.

CHRIS HILLMAN BAND 1 6/75
Chris
Hillman

gtr/vcl

Rick
Roberts
gtr/vcl

Mark
Andes

bs/vcl
Jock
Bartley

gtr/vcl

Michael
Wooten

dr/pcs

Chris Hillman started to record his first solo album. With the exception of John David Souther and Richie Furay the SOUTHER, HILLMAN, FURAY BAND was in the studio. They were augmented by Rick Roberts, Herb Pedersen, Timothy B. Schmit and many many more.

Chris
Hillman

1976
Chris
Hillman

mdl/vcl

Chris Hillman singles
1976: Chris Hillman - Slippin' Away (Chris Hillman) b/w Take Me In Your Lifeboat (Chris Hillman) (Single; Asylum Records)
1976: Chris Hillman - Step On Out (Chris Hillman / Peter Knobler) b/w Take It On The Run (Chris Hillman) (Single; Asylum Records 45 330)
1976: Chris Hillman - Love Is The Sweetest Amnesty (Danny Douma) b/w Falling Again (Chris Hillman) (Single; Asylum Records 45 350)

Chris Hillman album
1976: Chris Hillman - Slippin' Away (Asylum AS 53 041)

Chris Hillman session
1976: Dirk Hamilton - You Can Sing On Left Or Bark On The Right ( ? )

In 1976 Chris Hillman formed a new CHRIS HILLMAN BAND, consisting of John Brennan (guitar), Richard Marx (guitar), Jeff Dupont (keyboards), Al Stahely (bass) and Merel Bregante (drums).

CHRIS HILLMAN BAND 2 5/76 - 10/76
Chris
Hillman

gtr/mdl
/vcl

John
Brennan
gtr/vcl

Richard
Marx

gtr/vcl

Jeff
Dupont

kybds

Merel
Bregante

dr/pcs
/vcl
Al
Stahely

bs


In October 1976 Jeff Dupont was replaced by Skip Edwards (pedal steel guitar and keyboards) and Al Stahely was replaced by Larry Sims.

CHRIS HILLMAN BAND 3 10/76 - 2/77
Chris
Hillman

gtr/mdl
/vcl

John
Brennan
gtr/vcl

Richard
Marx

gtr/vcl

Skip
Edwards

kybds/pdl
steel

Merel
Bregante

dr/pcs
/vcl
Larry
Sims

bs/vcl


Chris Hillman session
1977: Dan McCorison - Dan McCorison (MCA Records MCA-2276)

Early 1977 the group was augmented by Al Garth (fiddle, saxophone). This line-up toured Europe in April and May 1977 - together with THUNDERBYRD and the KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN BAND.

CHRIS HILLMAN BAND 4 2/77 - 6/77
Chris
Hillman

gtr/mdl
/vcl

John
Brennan
gtr/vcl

Richard
Marx

gtr/vcl

Skip
Edwards

kybds/pdl
steel

Merel
Bregante

dr/pcs
/vcl
Larry
Sims

bs/vcl

Al
Garth

fdl/sax


Chris Hillman single
1977: Chris Hillman - Heartbreaker (David Wolfert / Carole Bayer Sager) b/w Lucky In Love (Chris Hillman / Peter Knobler) (Single; Asylum 45428)

Chris Hillman album
1977: Chris Hillman - Clear Sailing (Asylum 7E 1104)
1977: McGuinn - Hillman - Clark - 3 Byrds Land In London (Strange Fruit SFRSCD 001)

After their return to America the CHRIS HILLMAN BAND dissolved and just John Brennan and Skip Edwards stayed with Chris Hillman.

For the American concerts they were joined by Kim O'Kelly (vocals), Tom Duncan (bass) and Mike Keene (drums). In October 1977 Chris Hillman joined Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark to form McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN.

CHRIS HILLMAN BAND 5 6/77 - 10/77
Chris
Hillman

gtr/mdl
/vcl

John
Brennan
gtr/vcl

Skip
Edwards

kybds/pdl
steel
Kim
O'Kelly

vcl

Mike
Keene

dr/pcs

Tom
Duncan

bs

After only a few weeks Chris Hillman whose band had split up after several personal changes in the line-up, joined the duo for some more concerts. In February 1978 the three were playing on the stage of the Boarding House in San Francisco. Suddenly David Crosby came on the stage too and they played an acoustic evening of BYRDS music. The group played old BYRDS songs as well as solo material by McGuinn, Clark and Hillman. They even had a few new songs to offer. David Crosby was not interested in a BYRDS reunion but Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark and Chris Hillman wanted to play and record again.

McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN # 1 10/77 - 02/78
Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Gene
Clark

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman
gtr/mdl/vcl

They were looking for a drummer and met George Grantham, who had just left POCO. They rehearsed together and then flew to Australia and New Zealand for a short tour together. The group was playing as the FOUNDERS OF THE BYRDS.

FOUNDERS OF THE BYRDS 2/78
Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Gene
Clark

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman
bs/gtr/vcl
George
Grantham

dr/pcs/vcl

After their return to America George Grantham joined Ricky Skaggs.

Chris Hillman session
1978: Richie Furay - Dance A Little Light (Asylum 6E115)

The former members of the BYRDS started calling themselves McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN. They selected Greg Thomas who had already played with McGuinn's THUNDERBYRD as their new drummer.

McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN # 2
2/78 - 11/78
Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Gene
Clark

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman
bs/gtr/vcl
Greg
Thomas

dr/pcs

Roger McGuinn had always liked to have a lead guitar playing in the group. When they were searching for the right musician they asked George Terry to join. George Terry was a well known session musician so he had no problems to join Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman and Greg Thomas for the recordings they were planning.

McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN # 3 11/78 - 1/79

Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Gene
Clark

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman
bs/gtr/vcl
Greg
Thomas

dr/pcs
George
Terry

gtr/vcl

Chris Hillman introduced the group to the Albert brothers and they all agreed to have their debut album produced by Ron and Howard Albert. When the album was completed they had some recordings that were the most commercial recordings ever heard from former BYRDS musicians. Unfortunately the McGuinn trademark guitar playing got lost in the mix.

McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN singles
1979: McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN - Don't You Write Her Off (Roger McGuinn / R. J. Hippard) b/w Sad Boy (Chris Hillman) (Single; Capitol)
1979: McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN - Surrender To Me (Rick Vito) b/w Little Mama (Gene Clark) (Single; US: Capitol 4739)
1979: McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN - Surrender To Me (Rick Vito) b/w Bye Bye Baby (Roger McGuinn / R. J. Hippard) (Single; D & JPN: Capitol)
1979: McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN - Bye Bye Baby (Roger McGuinn / R. J. Hippard) b/w Backstage Pass (Gene Clark) (Single; US: Capitol 4763)
1979: McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN - Backstage Pass (Gene Clark) b/w Feelin' Higher (Gene Clark / T. Messina) (Single; Capitol)

McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN - album
1979: McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN - McGuinn, Clark & Hillman (Capitol 1 C 064-85 785)

George Terry could not play live with the group, as he had too many session commitments.

George Terry was replaced by John Sambataro. McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN started their first tour in early 1979.

McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN # 4 2/79 - 10/79

Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Gene
Clark

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman
bs/gtr/vcl
Greg
Thomas

dr/pcs
John
Sambataro

gtr/vcl

McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN present the complete album plus material from their past. While many BYRDS fans were disappointed by the sound of the album they were more then satisfied by the concerts. The new songs sounded like new BYRDS recordings. The 12-string guitar and the typical BYRDS harmonies were well presented by the group. The tour lasted almost all of the year. Everybody could hear that the group really enjoyed their music.

At the end of the year 1979 the problems started again. At first Greg Thomas left the group in October. John Sambataro introduces the others to a friend of his, Scott Kirkpatrick. Scott Kirkpatrick could not only play the drums, but he also was an excellent harmony singer, so he was accepted as the new drummer.

McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN # 5 10/79 - 1/80

Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Gene
Clark

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman
bs/gtr/vcl
Scott
Kirkpatrick

dr/pcs/vcl
John
Sambataro

gtr/vcl

They returned to the studio to mrecord their second album. During the recordings Gene Clark's problems with his health became stronger. During the summer tour Gene Clark was already missing at some concerts but now his problems forced him to miss some recording sessions. In the end he leaves the group and only two of his compositions are included on the second album. The group had more control in the recordings and therefore the album sounded much better than the debut.

McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN singles

1980: McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN - One More Chance (Roger McGuinn / Jacques Levy) b/w Street Talk (Chris Hillman / Peter Knobler / John Sambataro) (Single; Capitol 4821)

1980: McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN - City (Roger & Camilla McGuinn) b/w Deeper In (Chris Hillman / D. Foxworthy) (Single; Capitol 4855)


McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN - album
1979: McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN - City (Capitol 7777-12 043)

Due to the departure of Gene Clark the group called itself McGUINN & HILLMAN.

McGUINN & HILLMAN # 1 1/80 - 3/81
Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman
bs/gtr/vcl
Scott
Kirkpatrick

dr/pcs/vcl
John
Sambataro

gtr/vcl

During the American tour the group had announced that they would be coming to Europe in 1980. The European fans had hoped to see all three former BYRDS members but now they could only see Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman. The concerts presented again most of the new material from both albums - only the Gene Clark songs were missing - plus lots of old BYRDS songs. It was interesting to notice that Gene Clark's old song "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" remained in the set. At the end of 1980 Capitol records released a third album, the first credited to McGUINN & HILLMAN. The music sounds like a mixture of the BYRDS and the ROLLING STONES. But the album looks like a half-hearted affair. Most of the songs were written by people outside the group.

McGUINN & HILLMAN singles

1981: McGUINN & HILLMAN - Turn Your Radio On (Roger McGuinn / Chris Hillman) b/w Making Movies (Roger McGuinn) (US: Capitol 4952)

1981: McGUINN & HILLMAN - Love Me Tonight (Robbie Seidman) b/w King For A Night (Roger McGuinn / Chris Hillman) (Capitol)


McGUINN & HILLMAN - album
1980: McGUINN & HILLMAN - McGuinn & Hillman(Capitol 7777-12 108)

The group played only a few more concerts and disbanded in March 1981. John Sambataro and Scott Kirkpatrick join FIREFALL.

McGUINN & HILLMAN were booked for one more tour in April 1981, so they had to find some new sidemen. The choose Thom Mooney from the group NAZZ as their drummer and Al Perkins joined the group as lead guitar and pedal steel guitar player.

McGUINN & HILLMAN # 2 4/81
Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman
bs/gtr/vcl
Thom
Mooney

dr/pcs
Al
Perkins
gtr/pdl steel

McGUINN & HILLMAN recording

1981: McGUINN & HILLMAN - Mr. Spaceman (Roger McGuinn) (erschienen auf / released on: "Al Perkins - Snapshots"; Kleartone Records KLR-0016)

Once the tour was over Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman went separate ways again. But of course their careers would cross some more times...

Chris Hillman session
1981: Dan Fogelberg - The Innocent Age (Epic / Full Moon 37393)
1981: Various Artists - God Loves Country Music (Maranatha! Music MM0080)

After the end of McGUINN & HILLMAN Chris Hillman teams up again with Rick Roberts. Together they play a few concerts, but they decide not to form a band together.

HILLMAN &
ROBERTS 1981
Chris
Hillman

bs/vcl

Rick
Roberts
gtr/vcl


Chris Hillman single
1982: Chris Hillman - Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues (Danny O'Keefe) b/w ? (Single; Stony Plain Records)

Chris Hillman album
1982: Chris Hillman - Morning Sky (Sugar Hill SH 3729)

Out of the sessions for Gene Clark's album, where Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen helped out, another group venture started: FLYTE. They were completed by Al Perkins. This line-up made together with Michael Clarke on the drums some recordings, which remain unreleased. For the concerts they were joined by Emmylou Harris. People who were lucky to attend one of the few concerts reported that it was magic.

FLYTE 1982
Chris
Hillman

gtr/mdl/vcl

Gene
Clark

gtr/vcl

Herb
Pedersen
bjo/gtr/vcl

Al
Perkins

pdl steel/
dobro

Chris Hillman started his comeback in 1982. During the recordings of a new album he formed a new CHRIS HILLMAN BAND with Al Perkins, Bernie Leadon and Jerry Scheff.

CHRIS HILLMAN BAND 6 1982 - 1984
Chris
Hillman

gtr/mdl/vcl

Bernie
Leadon
gtr/bjo/vcl

Al
Perkins

gtr/dobro/vcl
Jerry
Scheff

bs

Chris Hillman single
1982: Chris Hillman - Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues (Danny O'Keefe) b/w ? (Single; Stony Plain)
1984: Chris Hillman - Somebody's Back In Town (D. Helms / T. & D. Wilburn) b/w Desert Rose (Chris Hillman / Bill Wildes) (Single; Stony Plain 1034)
1985: CHRIS HILLMAN BAND - Don't Let Them Take The Bible Out Of Our School Rooms (George Donald McGraw) b/w Boat Of Love (James W. Smith) (Single; Maranatha! Music)

Chris Hillman album
1983: CHRIS HILLMAN BAND - Down Home Praise (Maranatha! Music MM 0104)
1984: Chris Hillman - Desert Rose (Sugar Hill SH 3743)
1985: CHRIS HILLMAN BAND - Ever Call Ready (Maranatha! Music MM 0139)

Chris Hillman session
1984: Herb Pedersen - Lonesome Feeling (Sugar Hill SH3738)
1984: Gene Clark - Firebyrd (Takoma TAK 7112)
1984: Stephen Stills - Right By You (Atlantic 7567 80177)

Jerry Scheff was soon replaced by Bill Bryson.

CHRIS HILLMAN BAND 7 1984 - 1985
Chris
Hillman

gtr/mdl/vcl

Bernie
Leadon
gtr/bjo/vcl

Al
Perkins

gtr/dobro/vcl
Bill
Bryson

bs/vcl

When Bernie Leadon decided to leave the group in 1985 Chris Hillman got John Jorgenson as new guitarist for his CHRIS HILLMAN BAND.

CHRIS HILLMAN BAND 8 1985
Chris
Hillman

gtr/mdl/vcl

John
Jorgenson
gtr/mdl/vcl

Al
Perkins

gtr/dobro/vcl
Bill
Bryson

bs/vcl

Chris Hillman session
1985: Dan Fogelberg - High Country Snows (Epic 01-026274-20)

The line-up of the CHRIS HILLMAN BAND slowly became the DESERT ROSE BAND. The DESERT ROSE BAND played excellent country-rock-music. They were often compared to the FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS. Some even said that they were the real successors to that legendary band. The fans welcomed the new Chris Hillman band and bought the records. After many years without any hits Chris Hillman returned with his DESERT ROSE BAND to the American charts.

The members of the DESERT ROSE BAND played very good together. The harmony vocals of Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, John Jorgenson and Bill Bryson were by far the best vocals one could hear. Within the frame of one concert the group could play bluegrass, country-rock and rock-songs with equal competence. It was fascinating to hear the many different guitar styles of John Jorgenson. Jaydee Maness could demonstrate why he is regarded as one of the most versatile pedal steel guitarist in America.

A concert of the DESERT ROSE BAND often lasted more than ninety minutes, sometimes they even played for more than two hours. If one compares the studio-sound of the DESERT ROSE BAND to the stage sound one has to admit that there is almost no difference.

DESERT ROSE BAND 1 1986 - 1991
Chris
Hillman

gtr/vcl

Herb
Pedersen
gtr/bjo/vcl

John
Jorgenson
gtr/mdl/vcl
Bill
Bryson

bs/vcl

Steve
Duncan

dr/vcl
Jaydee
Maness

pdl steel

DESERT ROSE BAND singles
1987: DESERT ROSE BAND - One Step Forward (Chris Hillman / Bill Wildes) b/w Glass Hearts (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) (Single; MCA 53 201)
1987: DESERT ROSE BAND - He's Back And I'm Blue (Michael Woody / Robert Anderson) b/w One That Got Away (Chris Hillman / Peter Knobler) (Single; MCA 53 274)
1987: DESERT ROSE BAND - Ashes Of Love (Jack & Jim Anglin / Johnnie Wright) b/w Leave This Town (Chris Hillman / Bill Wildes) (Single; MCA 53 048)
1987: DESERT ROSE BAND - Love Reunited (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) b/w Hard Times (Chris Hillman / Bill Wildes / Jon Bradford) (Single; MCA 53 142)
1988: DESERT ROSE BAND - Summer Wind (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) b/w Hello Trouble (Eddie McDuff / Orville Couch) (Single; Curb Records 53 354)
1988: DESERT ROSE BAND - Summer Wind (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) b/w He's Back And I'm Blue (Michael Woody / Robert Anderson) (Single; Curb Records 53 594)
1988: DESERT ROSE BAND - Summer Wind (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) b/w Our Songs (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) (Single; US, Curb Records 53 354)
1988: DESERT ROSE BAND - Hello Trouble (Eddie McDuff / Orville Couch) b/w Homeless (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) (Single; Curb Records 53 671)
1988: DESERT ROSE BAND - I Still Believe In You (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) b/w Living In The House (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) (Single; Curb Records 53 454)
1988: DESERT ROSE BAND - She Don't Love Nobody (John Hiatt) b/w Step On Out (Chris Hillman / Peter Knobler) (Single; Curb Records 53 616)
1990: DESERT ROSE BAND - In Another Lifetime (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) b/w Just A Memory (Chris Hillman / John Jorgenson) (Single; Curb Records 53 804)
1990: DESERT ROSE BAND - Start All Over Again (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) b/w Fooled Again (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) (Single; Curb Records 53746)
1990: DESERT ROSE BAND - Story Of Love (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) b/w Darkness On The Playground (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) (Single; Curb Records 79 052)
1990: DESERT ROSE BAND - Come A Little Closer (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) b/w Everybody's Hero (Chris Hillman / Michael Woody) (Single; MCA 54 107)
1990: DESERT ROSE BAND - Will This Be The Day (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) b/w Our Baby's Gone (Herb Pedersen) (Single; MCA 54 002)

DESERT ROSE BAND album
1987: DESERT ROSE BAND - The Desert Rose Band (Curb Records 76732-5991-2)
1988: DESERT ROSE BAND - Running (Curb Records 7674-22169-2)
1990: DESERT ROSE BAND - Pages Of Live (Curb Records 7674-22332-2)
1990: DESERT ROSE BAND - A Dozen Roses / Greatest Hits (Curb Records MCAD 10018)

Chris Hillman session
1987: CLARK & OLSON - So Rebellious A Lover (Demon Records FIEND CD 89)
1987: THE 77s - The 77s ( ? )
1988: LONESOME STRANGERS - Lonesome Pine (Impotant Records WR 686)
1991: Roger McGuinn - Back From Rio (Arista 261 348)

The eighties ended with a reunion of Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and David Crosby. In 1989 Michael Clarke was performing with various musicians as MICHAEL CLARKE'S BYRDS. McGuinn, Hillman and Crosby did not like that Michael Clarke had taken the name so they tried to get the rights to use that name. They played a few concerts - like the Roy Orbison tribute - and they even recorded a few songs, which were later on released on the 4-CD-retrospective. For the concerts they were accompanied by John Jorgenson and Steve Duncan from Chris Hillman's DESERT ROSE BAND.

McGUINN, HILLMAN & CROSBY 89
Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman

bs/mdl/vcl
David
Crosby

gtr/vcl
John
Jorgenson

gtr
Steve Duncan
dr/pcs

Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman also participated at the recordings of the NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND's second volume of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken".

Roger McGuinn & Chris Hillman single
1989: Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman & NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND - You Ain't Going Nowhere (Bob Dylan) b/w NEW GRASS REVIVAL & NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND - Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan (traditional) (Single; Universal Records)

Roger McGuinn & Chris Hillman recording
1989: Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman & NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND - You Ain't Going Nowhere (Bob Dylan) (released on: "NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND - Will The Circle Be Unbroken Volume 2")

The year 1991 first brought the induction of the original BYRDS into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame. At the evening the induction of the BYRDS was announced, the lights went off and everybody heard the first sounds of "Mr. Tambourine Man". The lights went on again and on the stage were Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke. They were playing together again for the first time in more than 20 years. Everything looked fine again and some people already started dreaming about a new beginning for the original BYRDS.

BYRDS 16 1991
Roger
McGuinn

gtr/vcl
Chris
Hillman

bs/mdl/vcl
Michael
Clarke

dr/pcs
David
Crosby

gtr/vcl
Gene
Clark

gtr/vcl

The hopes of a BYRDS reunion came finally to an end, when Gene Clark died of "natural causes" on May 24, 1991.

When Jaydee Maness return to studio works in 1991, that was the first change in personel since the foundation of the group some five years earlier. The group still had some concert committments for 1991, so they continued without a pedal steel player. In the studio, where they recorded their next album, they were assisted by Paul Franklin on pedal steel guitar and Skip Edwards on keyboards.

DESERT ROSE BAND 2 1991 - 1992
Chris
Hillman

gtr/vcl

Herb
Pedersen
gtr/bjo/vcl

John
Jorgenson
gtr/mdl/vcl
Bill
Bryson

bs/vcl

Steve
Duncan

dr/vcl

DESERT ROSE BAND singles
1991: DESERT ROSE BAND - Glory And Power (Chris Hillman / Chris Hill) b/w You Can Go Home (Chris Hillman / Jack Tempchin) (Single; MCA 54188)
1991: DESERT ROSE BAND - Twilight Is Gone (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) b/w Shades Of Blue (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) (Single; Curb 54 316)

DESERT ROSE BAND album
1991: DESERT ROSE BAND - True Love (Curb / MCA MCAD 10407)

Chris Hillman recording
1992: Chris Hillman - Little Birdie (traditional) (released on: "Herb Pedersen & Jay Levy - Country Music For Kids"; Disney Records 5008 60837 2)

Chris Hillman session
1992: David West - Arcane (Taxim Records tx 3003)

In 1992 the DESERT ROSE BAND presented their new pedal steel guitarist: Tom Brumley. Chris Hillman had succeeded in exchanging one pedal steel legend by another. Tom Brumley had already played together with Steve Duncan, when they both were members of Rick Nelson's STONE CANYON BAND.

DESERT ROSE BAND 3 1992 - 1993
Chris
Hillman

gtr/vcl

Herb
Pedersen
gtr/bjo/vcl

John
Jorgenson
gtr/mdl/vcl
Bill
Bryson

bs/vcl

Steve
Duncan

dr/vcl
Tom
Brumley

pdl steel

Unfortunately the DESERT ROSE BAND was forced to restructure in 1992, when first Steve Duncan left and then John Jorgenson decided to pursue a solo career. The new drummer was Tim Brogan and John Jorgenson was replaced by Jeff Ross, who had previously played with RANK AND FILE. Even thought John Jorgenson had left the DESERT ROSE BAND to start a solo career he returned with a new group, the HELLECASTERS. The drummer for the HELLECASTERS was Steve Duncan.

In the first five years the mandolin had been played by John Jorgenson, now Chris Hillman returned to this instrument. Herb Pedersen played in addition to his acoustic guitar and his banjo also the dobro. Jeff Ross was playing a rock guitar. The result was a stronger rock orientation for the group on stage. If everybody had expected a rock album by the DESERT ROSE BAND, the result was something completely different. Chris Hillman was demonstrating that he loved the acoustic music more than anything else. The record company did not know what to do with this new musical style. But despite all the problems the DESERT ROSE BAND went on tour again in 1993. They even came to Europe to play some concerts.

DESERT ROSE BAND 4 1993
Chris
Hillman

gtr/vcl

Herb
Pedersen
gtr/bjo/vcl

Jeff
Ross
gtr/vcl
Bill
Bryson

bs/vcl

Tim
Grogan

dr
Tom
Brumley

pdl steel

DESERT ROSE BAND single
1993: DESERT ROSE BAND - What About Love (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) (Single; Curb D1049)
1993: DESERT ROSE BAND - Night After Night (Dance Mix) (Chris Hillman / Michael Woody) (Single; Curb)

DESERT ROSE BAND album
1993: DESERT ROSE BAND - Life Goes On (Curb Records CUR 7514-2)

Chris Hillman session
1993: Ronna Reeves - What Comes Naturally (Mercury 314 514710 2)

After their return to America the DESERT ROSE BAND had to change the guitarist again. Jeff Ross left the group and he was replaced by Jim Monahan.

The DESERT ROSE BAND was playing their last concert on February 26th, 1994. At this time Chris Hillman announced that the group would dissolve by the end of that month. Everybody who had followed the developments of the last six months of the group, had expected something like that.
DESERT ROSE BAND 5 1993 - 2/94
Chris
Hillman

gtr/vcl

Herb
Pedersen
gtr/bjo/vcl

Jim
Monahan
gtr/vcl
Bill
Bryson

bs/vcl

Tim
Grogan

dr
Tom
Brumley

pdl steel

Once the DESERT ROSE BAND had disbanded, Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen stayed together. In September 1994 they recorded the album "Bakersfield Bound". The album was released in 1996 and presents the musical style, which was made famous by the FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS and the DESERT ROSE BAND. Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen continued to work together ever since. They appear at concerts as a duo. Sometimes they are accompanied by friends from the DESERT ROSE BAND. In 2002 the duo releases their second joint album.

HILLMAN &
PEDERSEN
1994 - ...
Chris
Hillman

mdl/vcl

Herb
Pedersen
gtr/vcl


HILLMAN & PEDERSEN recordings
1994: Chris Hillman - Lullaby Time In The Desert (Chris & Catherine Hillman) (released on: "v.a. - Daddies Sing Goodnight: A Father's Collection Of Sleepytime Songs"; Sugar Hill SHCD 3821)
1996: HILLMAN & PEDERSEN - Blue Christmas Lights (Buck Owens / Red Simpson) (released on: "v.a. - Tinsel Tunes, More Holiday Treats"; Sugar Hill SHCD 3855)
1997: Chris Hillman - Mr. Tambourine Man (Bob Dylan) (released on: "v.a. - The Folk Scene Collection Vol. 2"; Red House Records RHR CD 137)

HILLMAN & PEDERSEN album
1996: HILLMAN & PEDERSEN - Bakersfield Bound (Sugar Hill SHCD 3850)
2002: HILLMAN & PEDERSEN - Way Out West (Backporch Records 724381-19782)

Chris
Hillman

1994 - ...
Chris
Hillman

mdl/vcl

Chris Hillman recording
1997: Chris Hillman & Jennifer Warnes - Straight From The Heart (Bill Payne / Lowell George) (released on: "v.a. - Rock And Roll Doctor / Lowell George Tribute Album"; Kaigan Records KGCW 24)
1999: Chris Hillman & Steve Earle - High Fashion Queen (Gram Parsons / Chris Hillman) (released on: "v.a. - Return Of The Grievous Angel, A Tribute To Gram Parsons"; Almo Sounds AMSD 80024)
2001: Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen - The Window Up Above (released on: "v.a. - The I-10 Chronicles / 2 - One More For The Road"; ?)

Chris also continues his solo career. In 1998 he releases another solo album - amongst the accompanying musicians one finds Jim Monahan, Jay Dee Manness and Steve Duncan from the DESERT ROSE BAND, even John Jorgenson can be heaqrd on one track. In 2004 Chris Hillman started to record his next solo effort, the producer of the album was no other but Herb Pedersen.

Chris Hillman album
1998: Chris Hillman - Like A Hurricane (Sugar Hill SHCD 3878)
2005: Chris Hillman - The Other Side (Soverign)

Chris Hillman single

2005: Chris Hillman - Eight Miles High (Gene Clark / Roger McGuinn / David Crosby) / True Love (Chris Hillman / Steve Hill) / Drifting (CD-Single; Soverign)


Chris Hillman session

1995: Pamela Polland - Heart Of The World ( ? )

1996: Lyle Lovett - Road To Ensenada ( ? )

1996: ELECTRIC RANGE - Electric Range (Smokehouse Records 02501 37152)

1996: Steve Hill - Gold Highway (Sweet Lake CD 90180)

1997: RINCON RAMBLERS - The Rincon Ramblers (Rincon Ramblers)

1997: Steve Hill - Feathers And Stone (Sweet Lake CD 90183)

2000: Pickin' On Petty - A Bluegrass Tribute To Tom Petty (CMH Records CD 8516)

2000: Dwight Yoakam - Tomorrow's Sound Today (Warner Brothers 47827)

2000: J. Peter Boles - J. Peter Boles (Little Sun 777)

2000: Bill & Bonnie Hearne - Watching Life Through A Windshield (BackPorch 49623)

2000: Steve Hill - House For Sale (Sweet Lake)

2001: David West - Broken Down Believers (Taxim Records tx 3018)

2001: BYRON BERLINE BAND - Gene Clark Gram Parsons Tribute Album (Byron Berline Band)
2001: Pickin' On Southern Rock (CMH Records CD 8054)
2004: Richie Furay - I Am Sure (Friday Music 29421 10142)
2004: Johnny Rivers - Reinvention Highway (Soul City 1009)
2004: Steve Spurgin - Tumbleweed Town (Tricopolis 7)
2005: WOODYS - Telluride To Tennessee (Madacy 51357)
2005: BELLAMY BROTHERS - Angels And Outlaws Volume 1 (Curb Records)

Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen play together with Bill Bryson for most of their concerts.

HILLMAN, PEDERSEN &
BRYSON 1996 - ...
Chris
Hillman

mdl/vcl

Herb
Pedersen
gtr/vcl

Bill
Bryson

bs/vcl


In 1997 Chris Hillman plays some concerts with another CHRIS HILLMAN BAND. The guitar is played by Jim Monahan and the bass player of course is Bill Bryson. Bob Nichols joins in for percussion.

CHRIS HILLMAN BAND 9 1997
Chris
Hillman

gtr/mdl/vcl

Jim
Monahan
gtr/vcl

Bill
Bryson

bs/vcl

Bob
Nichols

pcs

In 1996 Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen teamed up with Larry and Tony Rice. The first collaboration of these musicians is released in 1997. It is an excellent acoustic country album. On stage the quartet often is augmented by Ronnie Simpkins on bass and Rickie Simpkins on fiddle. Both also had helped to record the album. The same team of musicians recorded two more albums.

HILLMAN, PEDERSEN, RICE &
RICE 1996 - ...
Chris
Hillman

gtr/mdl/vcl

Herb
Pedersen
gtr/bjo/vcl

Tony
Rice

gtr
Larry
Rice

mdl/gtr/vcl

HILLMAN, PEDERSEN, RICE & RICE album
1997: HILLMAN, PEDERSEN, RICE & RICE - Out Of The Woodwork (Rounder CD 0390)
1999: HILLMAN, PEDERSEN, RICE & RICE - Hillman, Pedersen, Rice & Rice (Rounder CD 0450)
2001: HILLMAN, PEDERSEN, RICE & RICE - Running Wild (Rounder CD 0483)

The SCOTTSVILLE SQUIRREL BARKERS reformed in 2003 for a few concerts. Gary Carr, who had died a few years ago was replaced by a friend of the musicians, Doug Jefford. The musicians for the reunion shows in 2003 were: Kenny Wertz, Chris Hillman, Larry Murray, Ed Douglas (all four were founding members), Bernie Leadon (who was a latter-day member of the band, but also a member of "The Flying Burrito Brothers" and "The Eagles") and Doug Jeffords.

SCOTTSVILLE SQUIRREL BARKERS 3 2003
Chris
Hillman

gtr/vcl

Larry
Murray
gtr/vcl

Doug Jeffords
gtr/vcl
Ed Douglas
bs

Bernie
Leadon

gtr/bjo/vcl
Kenny
Wertz

bjo/gtr/vcl

For a short European tour Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen built a new CHRIS HILLMAN BAND featuring Bill Bryson on bass and Al Perkins on guitar and dobro. This line up also played in the Netherlands.

CHRIS HILLMAN BAND 10 2004
Chris
Hillman

gtr/mdl/vcl

Herb
Pedersen
gtr/bjo/vcl

Al
Perkins

gtr/dobro/vcl
Bill
Bryson

bs/vcl