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Top 10 Jesus Songs

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Jesus has either made a cameo or had a starring role in many a classic rock song, as you'll see in these Top 10 Jesus Songs.

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46 Years Ago: The Byrds Release ‘The Notorious Byrd Brothers’

Columbia Records
Columbia Records

Released on Jan. 15, 1968, 'The Notorious Byrd Brothers' marks the end of the first chapter of one of America's finest rock 'n' roll bands. Change was something the Byrds were already used to. In less than three years, they lost three original members. Gene Clark, who was responsible for much of the band's stellar early material, left in 1966, drummer Michael Clarke exited after the sessions for 'Notorious,' and the eternal wild card, David Crosby, was booted out in the fall of 1967.

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46 Years Ago: David Crosby Fired from the Byrds

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The Laurel Canyon sound of the '60s and '70s was all about smooth harmonies and peaceful, easy feelings, but the bands making the music were notorious for their constantly shifting lineups and behind-the-scenes turmoil. Case in point: the Byrds, who announced founding member David Crosby's acrimonious firing 46 years ago.

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40 Years Ago: Gram Parsons Body Theft Case Settled

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Gram Parsons was one of the most influential musicians of his generation -- though the true extent of his influence would not be felt until after his death. The singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist was a pioneer in country rock, and the unusual aftermath of his passing -- being burned in the desert by his friend and road manager -- cemented his legendary status. The court case from that incident was settled on Nov. 6, 1973, 40 years ago.

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Top 10 Gram Parsons Songs

Gram Parsons
Reprise Records

Gram Parsons didn't grow up living the hardscrabble life of most country singers. The man originally named Cecil Ingram Connor III was born into a wealthy Florida citrus family and spent a semester at Harvard before dropping out to concentrate on his burgeoning interest in country music. After stints in the Shilos and the International Submarine Ban

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45 Years Ago: The Byrds Release ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’

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Commercially, the Byrds weren't exactly at the top of their game in 1968. Their fifth album, 'The Notorious Byrd Brothers,' released in January, topped out at No. 47, and its only single, 'Goin' Back,' barely cracked the Top 90. Plus, the band's revolving door spit out cofounder David Crosby midway through the recording sessions.

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Byrds Unlikely to Reunite in 2014 for 50th Anniversary

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Given their rocky past, it’s amazing that former Byrds frontman and lead guitarist Roger McGuinn and co-songwriter/singer and rhythm guitarist David Crosby are even on speaking terms, no less friends. Still, a new article suggests that it's unlikely they will do anything to celebrate the group's 50th anniversary in 2014.

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Cream Vs. The Byrds – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Round One

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Two very different groups -- Cream and the Byrds -- square off against each other in the first round of the second-ever Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame election. Each month, our readers will determine which of eight legendary artists or bands is immortalized forever for their contributions to classic rock history.

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40 Years Ago: The Byrds’ ‘Byrds’ Album Released

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Asylum Records

By 1972 the Byrds had pretty much become a vehicle for Roger McGuinn’s solo recordings. The original quintet began falling apart in 1966, after Gene Clark, who penned most of the group’s original early songs, left.

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Top 10 Byrds Songs

The Byrds
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The Byrds made their name as the best Bob Dylan cover band on the planet. But by the end of the '60s, they were spearheading their own movements into jazzy psych-rock and twangy country-rock. The original celebrated quintet lasted only a couple of years. Before they finally called it quits in 1973, a dozen different

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