The Byrds

The coolest band of the 1960s? Heck, the coolest of all time. And one of the most innovative, whose influence can be widely heard today, more than half a century after their biggest hit. They began life in Los Angeles as The Jet Set, released one single as The Beefeaters in an attempt to cash in on the British invasion, and finally found inspiration for the name that would make them famous on Thanksgiving Day, 26 November, 1964. Birdses (a song by Dino Valenti), Birds and Burds were all rejected before they hit on The Byrds. Unlike The Birds, a British band who sued them over the name (and lost), these Byrds could really fly. How high? Eight Miles High.

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