The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn is celebrating his 76th birthday today. His birth name was James Joseph McGuinn III. He is best known for being the lead singer and lead guitarist on many of The Byrds’ records. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with The Byrds.
When he originally started with The Byrds, he used the name Jim, which he thought to be too plain. During 1965 McGuinn briefly explored the Subud spiritual association and began to practice the latihan, an exercise in quieting the mind. McGuinn changed his name in 1967 after Subud’s founder Bapak told him it would better “vibrate with the universe.” Bapak sent Jim the letter “R” and asked him to send back ten names starting with that letter. Owing to a fascination with airplanes, gadgets and science fiction, he sent names like “Rocket”, “Retro”, “Ramjet”, and “Roger”, the latter a term used in signalling protocol over two-way radios, military andcivil aviation. Roger was the only “real” name in the bunch and Bapak chose it. While using the name Roger professionally from that time on, McGuinn only officially changed his middle name from Joseph to Roger.
He makes great music and he single handedly made ‘granny glasses’ very popular.
Happy Birthday Roger!!!! What is the first song by The Byrds that comes to mind? And,how many of you had a pair of those ‘granny glasses’?