Christopher “Chris” Hillman (born December 4, 1944 in Los Angeles, California) was one of the original members of The Byrds, which in 1965 included Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby and Michael Clarke. With frequent collaborator Gram Parsons, Hillman was a key figure in the development of country rock, defining the genre through his work with The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and the country-rock group Desert Rose Band.
The Byrds (Hillman second from the left):
Before the Flying Burrito Brothers disbanded, Hillman joined Stephen Stills‘ band Manassas; he remained with Manasses until 1973, when he briefly rejoined the original lineup of the Byrds for a reunion album on Asylum Records. In 1974, Hillman teamed with singer-songwriter Richie Furay (who co-founded Buffalo Springfield and Poco) and songwriter J. D. Souther (who co-wrote much of the Eagles’ early repertoire) in the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band.
Flying Burrito Brothers – Christine’s Tune:
I’ve chosen the often overlooked solo album Slippin’ Away as todays album, it surely is an often forgotten gem from Chris Hillman:
Other 4th December: