Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Fallen Angel

Courtesy Debbie Flowers photos
He was a Byrd, a Flying Burrito Brother, and a Fallen Angel; a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and a theology student at Harvard University. He had a smooth, pleasant, melodic voice, an ability to write songs, and the charisma to influence others. Rolling Stone Magazine named him #87 on their list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

This piece is a chapter in the new book The Toughest Hundred Dollars & Other Rock & Roll Stories by Larry Manch. The book is available for purchase in e-book form at the Kindle Store on

Larry Manch is an author, teacher, guitar player, freelance writer, and columnist. His books include: 'The Toughest Hundred Dollars & Other Rock & Roll Stories', 'A Sports Junkie', 'The Avery Appointment', 'Between the Fuzzy Parts'.

He also writes about baseball for Climbing Tal's Hill, food and travel on Miles & Meals, and music/guitars on The Backbeat.

He lives in Central Texas with his wife and family.


  1. What a legacy he began and continues to influence

  2. Amen to that, Larry! Great story of a great legend that lives forever!

  3. great tribute! This made me want to write about him too.

  4. I stumbled on this after seeing the James Taylor post via JT's facebook page. I just had to read your post about Gram. He is IT for me. I could read what I already know about him again and again...just like listening to the cds non-stop for days on end. Thanks for spreading the word about a man who deserves more recognition than he has received.

  5. Thank-you Christine. I agree that Gram deserves to be recognized as one of the truly greats in music history.