Today: Chris Hillman is 68

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:

Jay Z was born in 1969

Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), better known by his stage name Jay-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and occasional actor.

He has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide, while receiving fourteen Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers of all-time.

The album The Blueprint is a good introduction to Jay Z, and one of the best albums in rap music.


Dennis Carl Wilson was born in 1944

(December 4, 1944 – December 28, 1983) He was an American rock and roll musician best known as a founding member and the drummer of The Beach Boys. He was a member of the group from its formation until his death in 1983. Dennis was the middle brother of fellow Beach Boys members Brian Wilson and Carl Wilson, and cousin of Mike Love.

He released the fantastic album Pacific Ocean Blue in 1977.


Southside Johnny was born in 1948

(born John Lyon, December 4, 1948, New Jersey) is an American singer-songwriter, who usually fronts his band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes.

He always gives great concerts (I’ve seen him three times) and has a great back catalogue. Often considered the grandfather of the New Jersey sound. He is a long time friend of Bruce Springsteen and has done several concerts with him.

– Hallgeir