Flying Burrito Brothers was an American country rock band, best known for their influential 1969 debut album, The Gilded Palace of Sin. Although the group is perhaps best known for its connection to band founders Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman, the group underwent many personnel changes and has existed in various incarnations, currently known as “The Burrito Brothers”.
Flying Burrito Brothers were founded in 1968 on the West Coast of the United States by former Byrds members Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman, with pianist and bassist Chris Ethridge and pedal steel guitarist Sneaky Pete Kleinow. The group borrowed their name from an East Coast–based group of the same name who had been colleagues of Parsons’s first band, the International Submarine Band, but had never recorded. Though Hillman and Roger McGuinn had fired Parsons from the Byrds in July 1968, Hillman and Parsons reconciled later that year after Hillman himself left the Byrds. Parsons had refused to join his Byrds bandmates for a tour of South Africa, citing his disapproval of the apartheid policy of that nation’s government. Hillman doubted the sincerity of Parsons’s gesture, believing instead that the singer merely wanted to remain in England with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, whom he had recently befriended.Flying Burrito Brothers
Flying Burrito Brothers recorded their debut album, The Gilded Palace of Sin, without a regular drummer, although “Fast” Eddie Hoh and Jon Corneal both appear on the album. The album contains originals by Parsons and Hillman and covers of two songs by soul music writers Dan Penn and Chips Moman. After firing Corneal, the band needed a permanent drummer for touring purposes; they hired another ex-Byrd, Michael Clarke, who had recently been working with the Dillard and Clark Expedition. Clarke remained the band’s permanent drummer from 1969 to 1973. Source Wikipedia