ROGER MCGUINN FACTS:
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Albums: (first solo) Roger McGuinn, Peace on You, Roger McGuinn & Band, Cardiff Rose, Thunderbyrd, McGuinn, Clark & Hillman
Hits: King of the Hill, Someone to Love, You Ain't Going Nowhere
Perhaps best known for his work as the lead guitarist of The Byrds, Roger McGuinn is considered to be among the most-talented guitar players of the last 40 years. While he is approaching 70, McGuinn is still a popular performer thanks to his decades of innovative picking, influenced by everything from jazz to folk, and his versatility, often playing a number of different instruments, including his signature seven-string guitar.
After playing in a number of less-than-successful bands, McGuinn finally joined The Byrds in the mid-60s and his unique style immediately made an impact. His distinct playing style, characterized as "jingle-jangle" thanks to its banjo-influnced picking, was an integral part of several of the band's early hits including "Eight Miles High" and their cover of the Bob Dylan classic "Mr. Tambourine Man." He was also present on what is considered to be one of The Byrds signature hit, the Pete Seeger-penned "Turn, Turn, Turn."
Soon after the band broke up, McGuinn started up a solo career. His self-titled debut only enjoyed mild commercial success, but it featured a number of tunes that were popular among fans of The Byrds, including "Stone" and "I'm So Restless." After several other albums, including 1975's Roger McGuinn & Band, he decided to take his considerable talent on the road.
Throughout much of the mid-70s, McGuinn toured extensively with Bob Dylan, and was part of his Rolling Thunder Revue, which feature other famous acts including Joan Baez and T-Bone Burnett, and was one of the most popular tours of the era. After his time on the road with Dylan, McGuinn reunited with former bandmates Gene Clark and Chris Hillman to form the aptly named trio McGuinn, Clark, and Hillman. The newly-formed band was a hit among classic rock fans,as they tended to play versions of well known Byrds songs and were frequently guests on television shows.
In the years since the trio disbanded, McGuinn has been a relentless solo performer. Though not always appearing on the charts, outside of his cover of the Bob Dylan standard "You Ain't Goin Nowhere," which was a country hit in the late '80s, his musical acumen has always been a huge draw, and his influential musical styling have appealed to everyone from fans of The Byrds to more contemporary folk enthusiasts.
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