Flying Burrito Brothers – Christine’s Tune

Written by on September 19, 2021

September 19, 1973: Gram Parsons, formerly of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, died under mysterious conditions in Joshua Tree, California. His death was attributed to heart failure, but later was officially announced as due to a drug overdose.

Gram’s coffin was stolen by two of his associates, manager Phil Kaufman and Michael Martin (a former roadie for The Byrds) and was taken to Cap Rock in the California desert where it was set afire; they said that it was in accordance to Parson’s wishes. The two were later arrested by police and charged with stealing the coffin, not Gram’s body.

Gram Parsons was 26 years old.

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