John York

John York

born on 3/8/1946 in New York City, NY, United States

John York (musician)

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John York (musician)

John Foley York (born August 3, 1946 in White Plains, New York)[1] is an American bassist and guitarist. He is best known for his work with The Byrds, who he joined in September 1968 as a replacement for the band's original bass player Chris Hillman.[2] He remained with the group until September 1969, when he was fired by the other three members of the band and replaced by Skip Battin.[3] Despite only being with The Byrds for a year, his bass playing and singing appear on two of the group's studio albums, Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde and Ballad of Easy Rider, as well as on the non-album single "Lay Lady Lay".[1] York also wrote the song "Fido", which appears on Ballad of Easy Rider, and co-wrote the song "Candy", which is included on Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde.[3][4] He also appears on the Columbia/Legacy Byrds' live album Live at the Fillmore - February 1969.[5]

Prior to joining The Byrds, York was a member of the The Bees and the Sir Douglas Quintet, and also worked as a session musician for The Mamas & the Papas and Johnny Rivers.[6] He was also the bassist in ex-Byrd Gene Clark's touring band.[6] Following his dismissal from The Byrds, York again worked with Clark during the mid-1980s, along with Pat Robinson, in the group CRY.[7] York has maintained a lengthy career as a guitarist and bass player, and since the 1980s has worked with artists including Chris Darrow, Katie Trickett, Steven T., and Nick Binkley among others.[8] In 1988, he recorded a number of songs with fellow ex-Byrds bass player Skip Battin, and these recordings were issued as the Family Tree album in 2001.[8] York has released three solo albums titled Sacred Path Songs (1991), Claremont Dragon (1998), and Arigatou Baby (2006),[8] and has also recorded the albums Clan Mother Songs with Jamie Sams, and Koto with Yukiko Matsuyama.[9] In 2008, York teamed-up with singer-songwriter Barry McGuire for a live tour entitled Trippin' the 60's.

Selected discography

The Bees

  • "Leave Me Be"/"She's an Artist" (7" single 1965)
  • "Forget Me Girl"/"Baby, Let Me Follow You Down" (7" single 1966)

Sir Douglas Quintet

  • "She Digs My Love"/"When I Sing the Blues" (7" single 1966)

The Byrds

  • Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde (1969)
  • "Lay Lady Lay"/"Old Blue" (7" single 1969)
  • Ballad of Easy Rider (1969)
  • Live at the Fillmore February 1969 (2000)

The Museuns

  • "Train in the Desert"/"Sweet Names of Spanish Ladies" (7" single circa 1974-1976)

John York

  • Sacred Path Songs (1991)
  • Clan Mother Songs [with Jamie Sams] (1992)
  • Claremont Dragon (1998)
  • Koto [with Yukiko Matsuyama] (2003)
  • Arigatou Baby (2006)
  • West Coast Revelation [with Kim Fowley - download only] (2007)
  • Trippin' the 60's: The Show Songs Live [with Barry McGuire] (2009)
  • West Coast Revelation [with Kim Fowley (GRA Records; 2011)[10]


  • After the Storm (2000)

Family Tree

  • Family Tree [with Skip Battin] (2001)

Selected album guest appearances

  • The Mamas & the Papas The Papas & The Mamas (1968)
  • Jack Street Band Jack Street Band (1982)
  • Katie Trickett The Next Time (1994)
  • Mojave Tumbleweed Circuit (1995)
  • Peter Lewis Peter Lewis (1995)
  • Nick Binkley Pin Stripe Brain (1996)
  • Chris Darrow Coyote + Straight from the Heart (1997)
  • Chris Darrow and Max Buda Harem Girl (1998)
  • Anita Kruse Creation Flight (1998)
  • Toulouse Engelhardt and Remi Kabaka A Child's Guide to Einstein (2004)
  • Steven T. Damage (2004)
  • Carla Olson - "Have Harmony, Will Travel" (2013) - John sings lead on 2 songs: First In Line (written by Paul Kennerley) and Upon A Painted Ocean

(written by PF Sloan). He also plays guitar on the album including on the Richie Furay / Carla version of Gene Clark's She Don't Care About Time.


  1. 1.0 1.1 John York Biography. Taxim Records. Retrieved on 2010-07-22.
  2. Hjort, Christopher (2008). So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star: The Byrds Day-By-Day (1965-1973), p. 190191, Jawbone Press.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rogan, Johnny (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited, 2nd, p. 295299, Rogan House.
  4. 6.0 6.1 Rogan, Johnny (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited, 2nd, Rogan House.
  5. Einarson, John. (2005). Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life and Legacy of The Byrds' Gene Clark, p. 264265, Backbeat Books.
  6. 8.0 8.1 8.2 John York Discography. Byrds Flyght. Retrieved on 2010-07-22.
  7. John York Bio. Retrieved on 2010-07-22.
  8. John York On Outsight Radio Hours.

External links

  • John York bio at Taxim Records website
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