Rick Roberts (musician)

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Rick Roberts
The Flying Burrito Brothers (Amsterdam, 1970). From left to right: Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Rick Roberts, Chris Hillman, Michael Clarke & Bernie Leadon
Background information
Born (1949-08-31) August 31, 1949 (age 65)
Origin Florida
Genres Alt-country, rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1971-1992, 2010
Associated acts The Flying Burrito Brothers
Website Rick Roberts music.com

Rick Roberts (born August 31, 1949, in Florida) is a country rock and classic rock singer-songwriter who recorded with many influential artists over several genres. He is best known for his work with The Flying Burrito Brothers on their 1971 self-titled album,[1] and as a founding member and lead singer of Firefall from 1974 to 1981. He recorded two solo albums, Windmills in 1972 and She Is a Song in 1973.

In 1985, Roberts was a member of "A 20th Anniversary Tribute to The Byrds", a band co-founded by ex-Byrds Gene Clark and Michael Clarke. The group also included former members of The Band, Richard Manuel and Rick Danko, as well as Blondie Chaplin and John York, a member of a later configuration of The Byrds.[2] The band generated controversy through public confusion in relation to the original Byrds, at times being billed as "The Byrds".[3]

Roberts rejoined his bandmates in Firefall from 1989-1992. He subsequently retired from performing, due to illness. In 2010, he returned to music and released two 4-song-EPs on iTunes and launched his website.


  1. ^ "Flying Burrito Brothers Biography". CMT. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  2. ^ Mary Lou Sullivan, The Notorious Byrds Brothers: Backstage at a not-so magical reunion. Fairfax County Advocate, May, 1985. As reprinted on The Band Website. Retrieved 2014-11-16.
  3. ^ "Byrds v. Byrds: The 20th Anniversary Tribute To The Byrds 1984 - 1988". ByrdWatcher: A Field Guide to the Byrds of Los Angeles. Retrieved 2014-11-17. 

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