Fifth Dimension

Greatly Appreciated

Fifth Dimension  is the third album by the American folk rock band The Byrds and was released in July 1966 on Columbia Records.  Most of the album was recorded following the February 1966 departure of the band’s principal songwriter Gene Clark.  In an attempt to compensate for Clark’s absence, guitarists Jim McGuinn and David Crosby stepped into the breach and increased their songwriting output.  The album is notable for being the first by The Byrds not to include any songs written by Bob Dylan, whose material had previously been a mainstay of the band’s repertoire.  (More from Wikipedia)

Van Dyke Parks is a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and was a musical prodigy.  He studied the clarinet and also did some work as a child actor; while in his teens, Parks appeared in Grace Kelly’s final film, The Swan (1958).  After graduating from college, he made some recordings for MGM Records in 1964 that included “Come to the Sunshine”; the touring band that he put together included a young Stephen Stills.  Primarily though, he worked behind the scenes, playing as a session musician with Sonny and Cher (before they even took that name) and Paul Revere and the Raiders under producer Terry Melcher.  His other early credits include playing Hammond Organ on the Byrds Fifth Dimension album and also keyboards for Judy Collins, plus arranging songs for Tim Buckley


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Last edited: March 22, 2021