Song of the Day: The Byrds, “Hey Joe”

Singer-songwriter-guitarist David Crosby died on Wednesday, announced by his wife, who said he died "after a long illness." He was a member of The Byrds through their first five albums and of Crosby, Stills, and Nash (later Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young) throughout their run. He is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame both as a member of The Byrds and CSN(Y). "Hey Joe" is a song accredited to Billy Roberts which Crosby helped to popularize; The Byrds included it on their third album, 1966’s Fifth Dimension.

19 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Byrds, “Hey Joe”

    1. Stills, Nash, and Young all spoke glowingly of him, all basically saying they had butted heads with him on a few occasions, but he was a great musician and singer and they loved working with him.

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  1. Yeah, I saw he died. He made it pretty old for a rocker. I think he had quite a drug problem, correct? Sad. I vaguely remember this song. I didn’t realize he was in the Byrds.


  2. John, I have not heard this version before. It’s kind of funny; if I wasn’t aware of the pedigree of the Byrds, I would have guessed it was some version of a song that the record company demanded be published to cash in on the “hippie movement.” Kind of like …”Mr Spock sings Space.” Groovy Man!! Hahahahah!! Zulu


  3. Hi John – not one I’d heard before … but a legend in the music industry. Thanks for sharing this as your “Song of the Day” – cheers Hilary


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