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JOHN YORK (musician)

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: John Foley York

Description: Bassist, USA

Known For: Member and bass player of “The Byrds”

Instruments: Bass, Voice

Music Styles: Country, Rock

Location: White Plains, New York, United States of America

Date Born: 3rd August 1946
Location Born: White Plains, New York, United States of America

CONTACT DETAILS
Web Site:  John York bio at Taxim Records website

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

John York

An American bassist and guitarist. He is best known for his work with The Byrds, who he joined in September 1968 as a replacement for the band’s original bass player Chris Hillman. He remained with the group until September 1969, when he was fired by the other three members of the band and replaced by Skip Battin.

Despite only being with The Byrds for a year, his bass playing and singing appear on two of the group’s studio albums, Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde and Ballad of Easy Rider, as well as on the non-album single “Lay Lady Lay”. York also wrote the song “Fido”, which appears on Ballad of Easy Rider, and co-wrote the song “Candy”, which is included on Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde. He also appears on the Columbia/Legacy Byrds’ live album Live at the Fillmore – February 1969.

Prior to joining The Byrds, York was a member of the The Bees and the Sir Douglas Quintet, and also worked as a session musician for The Mamas & the Papas and Johnny Rivers. He was also the bassist in ex-Byrd Gene Clark’s touring band.

Following his dismissal from The Byrds, York again worked with Clark during the mid-1980s, along with Pat Robinson, in the group CRY. York has maintained a lengthy career as a guitarist and bass player, and since the 1980s has worked with artists including Chris Darrow, Katie Trickett, Steven T., and Nick Binkley among others.

In 1988, he recorded a number of songs with fellow ex-Byrds bass player Skip Battin, and these recordings were issued as the Family Tree album in 2001. York has released three solo albums titled Sacred Path Songs (1991), Claremont Dragon (1998), and Arigatou Baby (2006), and has also recorded the albums Clan Mother Songs with Jamie Sams, and Koto with Yukiko Matsuyama.

In 2008, York teamed-up with singer-songwriter Barry McGuire for a live tour entitled Trippin’ the 60’s.

Prior to joining The Byrds, York was a member of the The Bees and the Sir Douglas Quintet, and also worked as a session musician for The Mamas & the Papas and Johnny Rivers.[6] He was also the bassist in ex-Byrd Gene Clark’s touring band. Following his dismissal from The Byrds, York again worked with Clark during the mid-1980s, along with Pat Robinson, in the group CRY.

York has maintained a lengthy career as a guitarist and bass player, and since the 1980s has worked with artists including Chris Darrow, Katie Trickett, Steven T., and Nick Binkley among others. In 1988, he recorded a number of songs with fellow ex-Byrds bass player Skip Battin, and these recordings were issued as the Family Tree album in 2001.

York has released three solo albums titled Sacred Path Songs (1991), Claremont Dragon (1998), and Arigatou Baby (2006), and has also recorded the albums Clan Mother Songs with Jamie Sams, and Koto with Yukiko Matsuyama.

In 2008, York teamed-up with singer-songwriter Barry McGuire for a live tour entitled Trippin’ the 60’s.

Further information can be obtained at the web sites listed on the Links button above

WORKS

Selected discography

The Bees

“Leave Me Be”/”She’s an Artist” (7″ single – 1965)
“Forget Me Girl”/”Baby, Let Me Follow You Down” (7″ single – 1966)

Sir Douglas Quintet
“She Digs My Love”/”When I Sing the Blues” (7″ single – 1966)

The Byrds
Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde (1969)
“Lay Lady Lay”/”Old Blue” (7″ single – 1969)
Ballad of Easy Rider (1969)
Live at the Fillmore – February 1969 (2000)

The Museuns
“Train in the Desert”/”Sweet Names of Spanish Ladies” (7″ single – circa 1974–1976)

John York

Sacred Path Songs (1991)
Clan Mother Songs [with Jamie Sams] (1992)
Claremont Dragon (1998)
Koto [with Yukiko Matsuyama] (2003)
Arigatou Baby (2006)
West Coast Revelation [with Kim Fowley – download only] (2007)
Trippin’ the 60’s: The Show Songs Live [with Barry McGuire] (2009)
West Coast Revelation [with Kim Fowley (GRA Records; 2011)[10]

CRY
After the Storm (2000)

Family Tree
Family Tree [with Skip Battin] (2001)

Selected album guest appearances

The Mamas & the Papas – The Papas & The Mamas (1968)
Jack Street Band – Jack Street Band (1982)
Katie Trickett – The Next Time (1994)
Mojave – Tumbleweed Circuit (1995)
Peter Lewis – Peter Lewis (1995)
Nick Binkley – Pin Stripe Brain (1996)
Chris Darrow – Coyote + Straight from the Heart (1997)
Chris Darrow and Max Buda – Harem Girl (1998)
Anita Kruse – Creation Flight (1998)
Toulouse Engelhardt and Remi Kabaka – A Child’s Guide to Einstein (2004)
Steven T. – Damage (2004)
Carla Olson – “Have Harmony, Will Travel” (2013) – John sings lead on 2 songs: First In Line (written by Paul Kennerley) and Upon A Painted Ocean

(written by PF Sloan). He also plays guitar on the album including on the Richie Furay / Carla version of Gene Clark’s She Don’t Care About Time.

LINKS: John York bio at Taxim Records website

  1. ^ Jump up to: a b “John York Biography”

    . Taxim Records. Retrieved 2010-07-22.

  2. ^ Jump up to: a b Rogan, Johnny (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.). Rogan House. p. 279. ISBN 0-9529540-1-X.
  3. Jump up ^ Hjort, Christopher (2008). So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star: The Byrds Day-By-Day (1965–1973). Jawbone Press. pp. 190–191. ISBN 1-906002-15-0.
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b Rogan, Johnny (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.). Rogan House. pp. 295–299. ISBN 0-9529540-1-X.
  5. Jump up ^ Rogan, Johnny (1997). Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde (CD booklet). The Byrds. Columbia/Legacy.
  6. Jump up ^ Fricke, David (2000). “Knights on the Road”. Live at the Fillmore – February 1969 (CD booklet). The Byrds. Columbia/Legacy.
  7. Jump up ^ Einarson, John (2005). Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life and Legacy of The Byrds’ Gene Clark. Backbeat Books. pp. 264–265. ISBN 0-87930-793-5.
  8. ^ Jump up to: a b c “John York Discography”

    . Byrds Flyght. Retrieved 2010-07-22.

  9. Jump up ^ “John York Bio”

    . johnyorkmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-07-22.

  10. Jump up ^ “John York on Outsight Radio Hours”

    . Retrieved July 19, 2015.