Known for hits such as So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star and for being one of the original members of The Byrds.
He was part of a band called the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers.
He and The Byrds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
He grew up with three siblings in northern San Diego County. His older sister introduced him to country and folk music.
He and David Crosby were key to the sound and success of The Byrds.