Today is the birthday of Jim McGuinn born on this day in Chicago in 1942. He
is a founding member of the Byrds and owns the name--important because the
line-up always changed with the one constant being McGuinn and his current
musical interest ranging from space rock to country and western. He changed
his name to Roger as part of his Subud religion, during the recording of
5 D and never looked back. With the Byrds, his distinctive 12-string
Rickenbacker electric sound has inspired groups too numerous to name (but
including the Beatles). His solo recordings haven't risen to the level of his
best work with the Byrds, but highlights include his self-titled debut,
Cardiff Rose, and his 1991 comeback effort, Back From Rio.
Although not a birthday, today marks the day that Billy The Kid was shot by
Pat Garrett in 1881.