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Roger McGuinn

Roger McGuinn? (born James Joseph McGuinn? III on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is best known for being the lead singer and lead guitarist on many of the Byrds' hit records, the pioneering folk-rock band of the 1960s, contributing much to the band's unique sound.

McGuinn?'s parents, James and Dorothy, were involved in journalism and public relations, and during his childhood, they penned a bestseller titled Parents Can't Win. He became interested in music after hearing Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel," and asked his parents to buy him a guitar. In 1957 he enrolled as a student at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, where he mastered the five-string banjo and continued to hone his guitar skills. After graduation, McGuinn? performed solo at various coffeehouses on the folk music circuit where he was discovered and hired as a si...

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