‘Father of The Byrds’ Dickson Dies

Jim Dickson, producer and original manager of The Byrds, died April 19 in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Dickson, 80, was a part-time engineer at World-Pacific studios in L.A. when the folk-rock boom hit in the early 1960s, according to the Los Angeles Times.

He became producer and manager of The Byrds, composed of Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke, whose hits included “Tambourine Man,” “Turn! Turn! Turn!” and “Eight Miles High.”

Dickson also produced for The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons and others.