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Gram Parsons

"Gram Parsons" (November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist born "Ingram Cecil Connor, III". A solo artist as well as a member of both The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, he is best known for a series of recordings which anticipate the so-called country rock of the 1970s and the alt-country movement that began around 1990. Parsons described his records as "Cosmic American Music". He died of a drug overdose at the age of 26.


Parsons was born Ingram Cecil Connor, III in Winter Haven, Florida, the grandson of citrus fruit baron John Snively, with extensive properties both there and in Waycross, Georgia, where he was raised. A sister, "Little" Avis, soon followed. Despite all the material advantages of old Southern money, he was surrounded by a dysfunctional family in which alcoholism was rife. His father, "Coon Dog" Connor, suffered mood swings and abruptly committed suicide two days before Christmas Day 1958. His wife, Avis, subsequently married a pseudo-grifter named Robert Parsons, whose surname was adopted by young Ingram, the elder Parsons going as far to have new birth certificates drawn up for...

date of birth November 5, 1946
place of birth Winter Haven, Florida
date of death September 19, 1973
place of death Yucca Valley, California
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