Known for movies

Short Info

DiedSeptember 19, 1973, Joshua Tree, California, United States
SpouseGretchen Parsons Carpenter
FactBriefly attended Harvard University

Gram Parsons was born on November 5, 1946, in Winter Haven, Florida. His parents were Avis (Snively) and Robert Earle Parsons. He had one sister, Avis. His father was a pilot for the US Air Force and his mother was a homemaker. Parsons was raised in a strict Southern Baptist household. He attended public schools in Decatur, Georgia and Seminole, Florida. He was an average student but was very interested in music. He played the piano and guitar and sang in the school choir.

Parsons’ father died in a plane crash when Parsons was 12 years old. His mother remarried soon after and Parsons’ stepfather was an abusive man. Parsons ran away from home when he was 14 years old and hitchhiked to California. He lived on the streets of Los Angeles for a while before moving in with his aunt and uncle, who lived in the San Fernando Valley. He finished high school and enrolled in community college.

Parsons’ musical career began when he met guitarist Bernie Leadon in 1965. The two formed a folk duo called “The International Submarine Band.” The band released one album, “Safe at Home,” before breaking up in 1968. Parsons then joined the country rock band “The Byrds.” The Byrds had a hit with Parsons’ song “Sweetheart of the Rodeo.” The album was not well received at first, but is now considered a classic. Parsons left the Byrds after only six months, due to creative differences.

Parsons then formed the country rock band “The Flying Burrito Brothers.” The band released two albums, “The Gilded Palace of Sin” (1969) and “Burrito Deluxe” (1970). The band was not commercially successful, but their music influenced many other artists, including the Eagles and Emmylou Harris. Parsons left the Flying Burrito Brothers in 1971.

Parsons embarked on a solo career and released two albums, “GP” (1973) and “Grievous Angel” (1974). “GP” was not successful, but “Grievous Angel” received critical acclaim. Parsons died of a drug overdose on September 19, 1973, at the age of 26.

Parsons was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

General Info

Full NameGram Parsons
DiedSeptember 19, 1973, Joshua Tree, California, United States
ProfessionGuitarist, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, In My Hour of Darkness, Medley: Cash on the Barrelhead / Hickory Wind, Brass Buttons
EducationBolles School, Harvard University, In My Hour of Darkness, Medley: Cash on the Barrelhead / Hickory Wind, Brass Buttons


SpouseGretchen Parsons Carpenter
ChildrenPolly Parsons
ParentsAvis Connor, Ingram Cecil, In My Hour of Darkness, Medley: Cash on the Barrelhead / Hickory Wind, Brass Buttons
SiblingsDiane Parsons


Music GroupsThe Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, International Submarine Band, Delaney & Bonnie, In My Hour of Darkness, Medley: Cash on the Barrelhead / Hickory Wind, Brass Buttons

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1Died just two months after the man who replaced him in The Byrds, Clarence White.
2Collaborated with Emmylou Harris to great effect.
3He was voted the 87th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
4Wrote the song 'Drug Store, Truck Drivin' Man' about country music DJ Ralph Emery.
5Has a daughter, Polly Parsons, born in August 1968 to his girlfriend Nancy Ross.
6Was briefly a member of The Byrds, but refused to tour South Africa with the group, citing his opposition to apartheid. He then left to form The Flying Burrito Brothers.
7His mother was a wealthy Florida citrus heiress
8Briefly attended Harvard University



War Dogs2016performer: "Ooh Las Vegas" / writer: "Ooh Las Vegas"
Limitless2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Judge2014performer: "Well Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning"
Parenthood2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wristcutters: A Love Story2006performer: "A Song For You" / writer: "A Song For You"
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous2005writer: "Ooh Las Vegas"
Elvis Costello and the Imposters: Live in Memphis2005Video documentary writer: "Wheels"
Grand Theft Parsons2003lyrics: "Thousand Dollar Wedding", "Return Of The Grievous Angel", "A Song For You" / music: "Thousand Dollar Wedding", "Return Of The Grievous Angel", "A Song For You" / performer: "Thousand Dollar Wedding", "Return Of The Grievous Angel", "A Song For You", "Love Hurts" / writer: "Hot Burrito #2"
Festival Express2003Documentary writer: "Lazy Day" - as G. Parsons
The Wire2002TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Slaughter Rule2002writer: "Blue Eyes"
Jerry Maguire1996performer: "She" / writer: "She"
Heavy1995writer: "How Much I've Lied"
Bodies, Rest & Motion1993writer: "Hot Burrito #1", "Juanita", "Do You Know How It Feels"
Planes, Trains & Automobiles1987writer: "Wheels" 1969 - as Graham Parsons
Carry It On1970Documentary writer: "Hickory Wind"


The Trip1967/IIHouse Band Member (uncredited)


Together Again for the Last Time1998Video documentaryHimself
Celebration at Big Sur1971DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Gimme Shelter1970DocumentaryHimself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
Playboy After Dark1969TV SeriesSinger

Archive Footage

CMT: The Greatest - 40 Greatest Albums2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Musikprogrammet - programmet om musik2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Emmylou Harris: From a Deeper Well2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Gram Parsons: Fallen Angel2004DocumentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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