Country Musicians Whose Lives Had the Makings of a Tragic Country Ballad

Country crossover artist Gram Parsons, known as the “Father of country-rock,” died today back in 1973 from an overdose of morphine and booze. He was only 26 years old. “With the International Submarine Band, the Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers, the songwriter pioneered the concept of a rock band playing country music, and as a solo artist he moved even further into the country realm, blending the two genres to the point that they became indistinguishable from each other,” writes CMT of his legacy.