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So You Want to Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star – The Byrds

Editor’s note: The Byrds are not one-hit wonders. They had plenty of hits. But this is one of my favorite Byrds songs so I’m writing about it.

The Byrds are on my mind today. Not sure why but the outro chorus of “So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star” when the whole band sings “La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la” in perfect three-part harmony just won’t leave (that’s 16 la-la-las in a row if you’re counting).

The song comes from their 1967 album Younger Than Yesterday. If you haven’t heard this record, check it soon. Rolling Stone named it #124 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. I personally would have placed it at 123, but let’s not quibble over such small things.

The record also features “Have You Seen Her Face” and “My Back Pages” by Bob Dylan. Each song is harmony-drenched with that Byrdsian goodness. David Crosby on high harmony. Roger McGuinn playing his distinctive Rickenbacker 12-string guitar. Putting the jingle, jangle into 1960s pop music that would later be a huge influence on a little band you’ve probably heard of named R.E.M. and their guitarist Peter Buck.

Believe me, it’s a great record and a hooky, poppy song.

Listen to “So You Want to Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star” by The Byrds

So You Want to Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star - The Byrds

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  1. […] from 1997. It’s like a lost Byrds album. Great songs. Fantastic harmonies. If you like the Byrds or The Eagles, you’ll like it. Rolling Stone magazine hated it. I like it. A […]

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