The Flying Burrito Brothers was an early American country rock band. The band was formed by Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman ( former members of The Byrds) and pianist/bassist Chris Ethridge and pedal steel guitarist Sneaky Pete Kleinow in West Coast of the United States. They are best known for its influential debut album "The Gilded Palace of Sin" of 1969's. They recorded the album without regular drmmer. The album contain the originals of Parsons/Hillman and two covers by Dan Penn and Chips Moman (soul music writers). Desire to have a permanent drummer for their tours, the band hired Michael Clarke (ex-Byrd member) who has been working with the Dillard and Clark Expedition.
Gilded Palace did not succeed commercially. But the group is frequently mentioned in ties with country rock legends Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman. The group undergo many changes in its member. Ethridge abandon the band in the middle of 1969 and Hillman became the bassist as the band hired singer and guitarist Bernie Leadon. In December 1969, the group performed at the Altamont Free Concert .
Bound to disputes with Hillman, the next album "Burrito Deluxe" include numerous compositions of Parsons/Hillman. In 1970, Parsons left the band after its release and was replaced by Rick Roberts. The band with new member released a self-titled album in 1971. Kleinow then left the group to become part of the line-up in Laramy Smith's group "ARIZONA" and Leadon move out to form the Eagles. Al Perkins and Roger Bush was their replacement. In 1972, Kenny Wertz and Byron Berline joined the group and released a live album Last of the Red Hot Burritos . The original band disbanded after the last founding member Chris Hillman together with Perkins join Manassas. But the group is frequently mentioned in ties with country rock legends Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman. The group undergo many changes in its member.