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Encyclopedia > Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Album cover
Album by The Byrds
Released July 29, 1968
Recorded March 9 - May 27, 1968
Genre Country rock
Length 32 min 26 sec
Label Columbia/Legacy
Producer Gary Usher
Professional reviews
The Byrds Chronology
The Notorious Byrd Brothers
(1968)
Sweetheart of the Rodeo
(1968)
Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde
(1969)

Sweetheart of the Rodeo is an album by American country rock band The Byrds, released on July 29, 1968 (see 1968 in music). Though The Byrds were not the first to fuse country and rock, they quickly became the most popular act to do so. With the talents of legendary country musician Gram Parsons, The Byrds released a long series of rock albums fixed with various influences, including bluegrass, folk and country music. Sweetheart of the Rodeo is widely regarded as one of The Byrds' key albums, and one of the most successful fusions of country and rock in the history of music. Cover of The Byrds album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo. ... An album (from Latin albus white, blank, relating to a blank book in which something can be inserted) is a packaged collection of related things. ... The Byrds’ original line-up. ... July 29 is the 210th day (211th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 155 days remaining. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... March 9 is the 68th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (69th in Leap years). ... May 27 is the 147th day (148th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 218 days remaining. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ... Country rock is a musical genre formed from the fusion of rock and roll with country music. ... Minutes are the instant written record of a meeting or hearing. ... This article is about the unit of time. ... A record label is a brand created by companies that specialize in manufacturing, distributing and promoting audio and video recordings, on various formats including compact discs, LPs, DVD-Audio, SACDs, and cassettes. ... In the music industry, a record producer is responsible for completing a master recording so that it is fit for release. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a globally comprehensive metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links Description: Rating stars. ... The Byrds’ original line-up. ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject to understand later content. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Dr. Byrds & Mr. ... 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Country rock is a musical genre formed from the fusion of rock and roll with country music. ... The Byrds’ original line-up. ... July 29 is the 210th day (211th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 155 days remaining. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... See also: 1967 in music, other events of 1968, 1969 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 4 - Guitarist Jimi Hendrix is jailed by Stockholm police, after trashing a hotel room during a drunken fist fight with bassist Noel Redding. ... Gram Parsons, wearing his Nudie suit on the lot of A&M records Gram Parsons (November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973) was born Cecil Ingram Connor III in Winter Haven, Florida to a wealthy family of fruit growers with extensive properties both there and in Waycross, Georgia, where he was... Bluegrass music is considered a form of American roots music with its own roots in the English, Irish and Scottish traditional music of immigrants from the British Isles (particularly the Scots-Irish immigrants of Appalachia), as well as the music of rural African-Americans, jazz, and blues. ... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the people. ... Country music, formerly called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, spirituals, and the blues. ...


In early 1968, after the release of the stellar The Notorious Byrd Brothers and the departures of both David Crosby and Michael Clarke, the remaining two members, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman decided to push forward. They quickly hired Kevin Kelley, Hillman's cousin, as drummer, and Gram Parsons to play additional guitar. It soon became apparent that Parsons was steeped in country music and lore, and with previous flirtations with the genre captured on the last two Byrds albums, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, with Gram taking the lead, decided to head to Nashville to dive headfirst into country...and commercial suicide. 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject to understand later content. ... David Van Cortland Crosby (born August 14, 1941 in Los Angeles, California) is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. ... Michael Clarke may refer to: Michael Clarke (cricketer) Michael Clarke (musician) Michael Clarke Duncan, U.S. actor This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Joseph Roger McGuinn (July 13, 1942 - ) is an American singer-songwriter, born in Chicago, Illinois. ... Chris Hillman (born December 4, 1944, Los Angeles, California)was one of the original members of The Byrds(1965) with Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, and Michael Clarke. ... Gram Parsons, wearing his Nudie suit on the lot of A&M records Gram Parsons (November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973) was born Cecil Ingram Connor III in Winter Haven, Florida to a wealthy family of fruit growers with extensive properties both there and in Waycross, Georgia, where he was... For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ...


Released at a time when The Byrds' surprising immersion into the world of country coincided with declining commercial appeal, Sweetheart of the Rodeo only peaked at #77 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart, while the single "You Ain't Going Nowhere" peaked at #74 on the Pop Singles chart. After having a hit with The Notorious Byrd Brothers, Sweetheart of the Rodeo missed the UK charts completely. Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...


The line-up for the album was very shortlived. In July of 1968, the Byrds were set to tour South Africa when Parsons announced he would not be going along because in protest of the country's policies of apartheid (a policy that would not cease until 1994). Some members of the band doubted the sincerity of Parsons' protest, and ultimately, McGuinn and Hillman fired him from the band. Kevin Kelley soon left as well, leaving McGuinn and Hillman, once again, to decide the future of The Byrds.


Although an uncommercial proposition at time, Sweetheart of the Rodeo proved to be a major landmark album, and its effects are still felt to this day. It is widely considered to be The Byrds' last truly influential album.


The album was re-released in 1997 with eight bonus tracks featuring previously unreleased songs, rehearsals and outtakes. In 2003, a further version was released featuring slightly different bonus tracks and an entire second disc of material, the first six tracks of which are actually songs by the International Submarine Band (Parsons' previous band). The rest of the second disc is made up of more alternate versions and outtakes. Most of the alternate versions and outtakes feature Parsons' vocals on songs that were later released with vocals by Roger McGuinn. 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Joseph Roger McGuinn (July 13, 1942 - ) is an American singer-songwriter, born in Chicago, Illinois. ...


Sweetheart of the Rodeo is listed at number 117 on the List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2002, Rolling Stone published an article describing what it considered to be the top 500 music albums of all time. ...

Contents


Track listing

  1. "You Ain't Going Nowhere" (Bob Dylan) - 2:38
  2. "I Am a Pilgrim" (Trad. Arr. Roger McGuinn/Chris Hillman) - 3:42
  3. "The Christian Life" (I. Louvin/L. Louvin) - 2:33
  4. "You Don't Miss Your Water" (William Bell) - 3:51
  5. "You're Still on My Mind" (L. McDaniel) - 2:26
  6. "Pretty Boy Floyd" (Woody Guthrie) - 2:37
  7. "Hickory Wind" (Gram Parsons/Bob Buchanan) - 3:34
  8. "One Hundred Years from Now" (Gram Parsons) - 2:43
  9. "Blue Canadian Rockies" (C. Walker) - 2:05
  10. "Life in Prison" (Merle Haggard/J. Sanders) - 2:47
  11. "Nothing Was Delivered" (Bob Dylan) - 3:34

Sweetheart Of The Rodeo (Columbia 9670) reached #77 in the US during a chart stay of 10 weeks. It failed to chart in the UK. Portrait photograph of Bob Dylan taken by Daniel Kramer Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman May 24, 1941) is widely regarded as one of Americas greatest popular songwriters. ... Joseph Roger McGuinn (July 13, 1942 - ) is an American singer-songwriter, born in Chicago, Illinois. ... Chris Hillman (born December 4, 1944, Los Angeles, California)was one of the original members of The Byrds(1965) with Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, and Michael Clarke. ... The Louvin Brothers were Charlie and Ira Louvin, an American duo best-known as the popularizers of close harmony, a kind of country music. ... Woody Guthrie Woodrow Wilson Guthrie (July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967), known almost universally as Woody, was a folk singer and raconteur who wrote some of Americas best-loved songs. ... Gram Parsons, wearing his Nudie suit on the lot of A&M records Gram Parsons (November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973) was born Cecil Ingram Connor III in Winter Haven, Florida to a wealthy family of fruit growers with extensive properties both there and in Waycross, Georgia, where he was... Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, California) is an American country music singer and songwriter. ...


Sweetheart Of The Rodeo was remastered and re-issued in 1997 with several new bonus tracks. 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


2003 Legacy Edition

Disc 1

  1. "You Ain't Going Nowhere" (Bob Dylan) - 2:38
  2. "I Am a Pilgrim" (Trad. Arr. Roger McGuinn/Chris Hillman) - 3:42
  3. "The Christian Life" (I. Louvin/L. Louvin) - 2:33
  4. "You Don't Miss Your Water" (William Bell) - 3:51
  5. "You're Still on My Mind" (L. McDaniel) - 2:26
  6. "Pretty Boy Floyd" (Woody Guthrie) - 2:37
  7. "Hickory Wind" (Gram Parsons/Bob Buchanan) - 3:34
  8. "One Hundred Years from Now" (Gram Parsons) - 2:43
  9. "Blue Canadian Rockies" (C. Walker) - 2:05
  10. "Life in Prison" (Merle Haggard/J. Sanders) - 2:47
  11. "Nothing Was Delivered" (Bob Dylan) - 3:34
  12. "All I Have Are Memories" [Master Take] (E.D. Hewitt/R. J. Ledford) - 2:48
  13. "Reputation" (Hardin) - 3:09
  14. "Pretty Polly" (Chris Hillman/Roger McGuinn) - 2:55
  15. "Lazy Days" (Gram Parsons) - 3:28
  16. "Christian Life" [Master Take] (I. Louvin/L. Louvin) - 2:29
  17. "You Don't Miss Your Water" [Master Take] (William Bell) - 3:49
  18. "One Hundred Years from Now" [Master Take] (Gram Parsons) - 3:01
  19. "Radio Spot: Sweetheart of the Radio Album" - 0:58

Portrait photograph of Bob Dylan taken by Daniel Kramer Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman May 24, 1941) is widely regarded as one of Americas greatest popular songwriters. ... Joseph Roger McGuinn (July 13, 1942 - ) is an American singer-songwriter, born in Chicago, Illinois. ... Chris Hillman (born December 4, 1944, Los Angeles, California)was one of the original members of The Byrds(1965) with Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, and Michael Clarke. ... The Louvin Brothers were Charlie and Ira Louvin, an American duo best-known as the popularizers of close harmony, a kind of country music. ... Woody Guthrie Woodrow Wilson Guthrie (July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967), known almost universally as Woody, was a folk singer and raconteur who wrote some of Americas best-loved songs. ... Gram Parsons, wearing his Nudie suit on the lot of A&M records Gram Parsons (November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973) was born Cecil Ingram Connor III in Winter Haven, Florida to a wealthy family of fruit growers with extensive properties both there and in Waycross, Georgia, where he was... Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, California) is an American country music singer and songwriter. ...

Disc 2

  1. "Sum Up Broke" (Nuese/Gram Parsons) - 2:13
  2. "One Day Week" (Gram Parsons) - 2:16
  3. "Truck Drivin' Man" (Fell) - 2:34
  4. "Blue Eyes" (Gram Parsons) - 2:47
  5. "Luxury Liner" (Gram Parsons) - 2:53
  6. "Strong Boy" (Gram Parsons) - 2:01
  7. "Lazy Days" [Alternate Version] (Gram Parsons) - 3:18
  8. "Pretty Polly" [Alternate Version] (Chris Hillman/Roger McGuinn) - 3:37
  9. "Hickory Wind" [Alternate "Nashville" Version-Take 8] (Gram Parsons/Bob Buchanan) - 3:40
  10. "Christian Life" [Rehearsal-Take 7] (I. Louvin/L. Louvin) - 3:26
  11. "Christian Life" [Rehearsal-Take 8] (I. Louvin/L. Louvin) - 3:05
  12. "Life in Prison" [Rehearsal-Takes 1 & 2] (Merle Haggard/J. Sanders) - 3:16
  13. "Life in Prison" [Rehearsal-Takes 3 & 4] (Merle Haggard/J. Sanders) - 3:16
  14. "One Hundred Years from Now" [Rehearsal-Takes 12 & 13] (Gram Parsons) - 3:58
  15. "One Hundred Years from Now" [Rehearsal-Takes 13 & 14] (Gram Parsons) - 3:59
  16. "You're Still on My Mind" [Rehearsal-Take 13] (L. McDaniel) - 2:53
  17. "You're Still on My Mind" [Rehearsal-Take 48] (L. McDaniel) - 2:38
  18. "All I Have Are Memories" [Alternate Instrumental-Take 17] (E.D. Hewitt/R. J. Ledford) - 3:13
  19. "All I Have Are Memories" [Alternate Instrumental-Take 21] (E.D. Hewitt/R. J. Ledford) - 3:07
  20. "Blue Canadian Rockies" [Rehearsal-Take 14] (C. Walker) - 2:59

Personnel

  • Clarence White - Guitar, Vocals
  • John Hartford - Banjo, Guitar
  • Chris Hillman - Bass, Mandolin, Guitar (Bass), Vocals
  • Gram Parsons - Guitar, Vocals
  • Lloyd Green - Guitar (Steel)
  • Earl Ball - Piano
  • Earl Poole Ball - Piano
  • Adam Block - Project Director
  • Charlie Bragg - Engineer
  • Jon Corneal - Drums
  • Roy Halee - Engineer
  • Roy M. "Junior" Husky - Bass
  • Kevin Kelley - Drums
  • Jay Dee Maness - Guitar (Steel)
  • JayDee Mannes - Guitar (Steel)
  • Roger McGuinn - Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
  • Gary Usher - Producer, Original Recording Producer
  • Johnny Rogan - Photography
  • David Fricke - Liner Notes
  • Bob Irwin - Producer
  • Michael Ochs - Photography
  • Vic Anesini - Mastering, Mixing
  • Jessica Sowin - Project Director, Associate Project Director
  • Bill Grimes - Photography
  • Rosemary Mulligan - Packaging Manager

Clarence White (June 7, 1944 - July 14, 1973) was a guitar player for The Byrds and the Kentucky Colonels. ... John Hartford shortly before his death in 2001 John Cowan Hartford (December 30, 1937– June 4, 2001) was an American bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, as well as for his witty lyrics and unique vocal style. ... Chris Hillman (born December 4, 1944, Los Angeles, California)was one of the original members of The Byrds(1965) with Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, and Michael Clarke. ... Gram Parsons, wearing his Nudie suit on the lot of A&M records Gram Parsons (November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973) was born Cecil Ingram Connor III in Winter Haven, Florida to a wealthy family of fruit growers with extensive properties both there and in Waycross, Georgia, where he was... Joseph Roger McGuinn (July 13, 1942 - ) is an American singer-songwriter, born in Chicago, Illinois. ...

Sources

  • Sweetheart Of The Rodeo CD booklet essay, David Fricke, c.1997.
  • AllMusicGuide.com
  • "Top Pop Albums 1955-2001", Joel Whitburn, c.2002.
  • Byrd Watcher - A Field Guide To Sweetheart Of The Rodeo

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Sweetheart of the Rodeo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (916 words)
Sweetheart of the Rodeo is an album by American country rock band The Byrds, released on July 29, 1968 (see 1968 in music).
Sweetheart of the Rodeo is widely regarded as one of The Byrds' key albums.
Sweetheart of the Rodeo is listed at number 117 on the List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
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