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Overview (4)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NameJames Joseph McGuinn III
Nickname Roger
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

James Joseph McGuinn III was born in Chicago to Dorothy and James Jr. At 14, he took up guitar and soon attended the Old Town School Of Folk Music. He was discovered at 17 and began touring with The Limelighters shortly after his 18th birthday. He later toured and recorded with The Chad Mitchell Trio, Bobby Darin, and Judy Collins before forming The Byrds in 1964. The Byrds had several million-selling singles and hit albums, finally disbanding in 1973 except for a brief reunion in 1990. McGuinn changed his name to "Roger" McGuinn in late 1967 for religious reasons, causing most fans to believe Jim McGuinn was replaced by his brother, seriously damaging The Byrds' popularity. His REAL brother Brian never played professionally. McGuinn continued as a solo artist and member of McGuinn, Clarke & Hillman (1979-1981). He still tours and records worldwide.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Scott Campbell

Spouse (4)

Spaul, Camilla (1 April 1978 - present)
Linda Gilbert (23 November 1971 - 12 June 1975) ( divorced)
DeLeon, Ianthe Dolores (30 December 1966 - 12 November 1971) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Bedrick, Susan (1 May 1963 - ?) ( annulled)

Trade Mark (5)

His 12-string Rickenbacker guitar
His nasal singing voice
Relaxed presence
Psychedelic guitar solos
Jingle-Jangle sound

Trivia (6)

Founding member of sixties folk/rock band The Byrds.
Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Byrds) in 1991.
Father of independent filmmaker Patrick McGuinn.
The Byrds were voted the 45th Greatest Artists in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.
Ranked as the 95th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.
His influences were Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, The Everly Brothers, and Gene Vincent.

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