With three nominations in the past ten years, it could be argued that Gram Parsons could be considered a future lock for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Considering that Parsons is considered the father of Country Rock there is a good chance he soon will.
Although the Byrds are already in, he was with them for such a brief time and was not honored at their 1991 induction. Maybe that is not such a travesty as Parsons would go on to form the Flying Burrito Brothers with fellow Byrd, Chris Hillman and later release two solo albums. His solo work and albums with the Burrito Brothers were among the most acclaimed of its period and it truly was the melding of Rock and Country. Parsons died at the tender age of 26, but not before he cemented his legacy as a pioneer. Time has shone kindly on Parsons and as one of the most influential cult figures in modern music history, he only needs a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction to top it off. Our bet is that he will get it as a form of a “Lifetime Achievement Award”; a damn good life for someone who lasted only a quarter of a century.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
U.S.A. (Waycross, GA)
2002, 2004 and 2005 Class
Why He Will Get In:
He is bigger now than he has ever been.
Why He Won’t Get In:
It is a possibility that he could get in with the Flying Burrito Brothers instead of a solo.
Grievous Angel (1973)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Still Feeling Blue (From GP, 1973)
She (From GP, 1973)
I Can’t Dance (From Grievous Angel, 1973)
$1,000 Angel (From Grievous Angel, 1973)
In My Hour of Darkness (From Grievous Angel, 1973)