Spotlight Artist: The Byrds

Every weekday between 1 and 5pm we play tracks from our #spotlightartist. They’re an artist with a body of work which has stood the test of time. We’ll play the hits – but also some deep cuts. Listen ad-free through New Zealand via @tunein at

With a changing lineup, The Byrds evolved through the late sixties, always remaining true to a core folk rock sensibility. Formed in 1964 by Jim McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke, Jim (known as Roger McGuinn from 1967) was the only constant in the lineup through to the end in 1973. Their first album Mr Tambourine Man combined folk influences with the sound of the British Invasion, and the title track was one of my favourite songs when I was young (played on classic hits radio frequently). They evolved however, pioneering psychedelic rock sounds then country rock. This week we’ll enjoy tracks from right through their varied career.

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