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So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star by The Byrds
Album: Younger Than YesterdayReleased: 1967Charted:
This was a tongue-in-cheek treatise on fame and the pop music industry. Many interpreted it as a swipe at the success of manufactured rock bands like The Monkees, but Roger McGuinn
has confirmed that he and Chris Hillman were not writing about about The Monkees, but instead the whole music business.
The recording was dubbed with the sound of screaming girls, taped at a Byrds show in Bournemouth, England during the band's 1965 UK tour.
South African Jazz musician Hugh Masekela contributed the clarion trumpet solo.