The Daily Cut: The Byrds “Eight Miles High”

The Byrds:Eight Miles High”


YEAR: 1966

WRITERS: The Byrds, Eight Miles High, the daily cut, classics songs, story behind the song, Gene Clark, Jim Roger McGuinn, David Crosby

Peaked at number-14 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Eight Miles High” became one of the signature songs of The Byrds. Frontman Roger McGuinn explains what inspired it. “’Eight Miles High’ was a song we wrote after coming back from an ill-fated tour to England. It was out first trip to England and we were real excited about going over there and we met The Beatles and everything, but I got the flu and we weren’t performing very well and the press was very caustic and tore us to ribbons. And we were young kids and we didn’t know how to take it and roll with it. So we got upset and we came back and wrote ‘Eight Miles High’ as kind of a protest of that tour to England. That’s what it was all about.”

Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn celebrates his 74th birthday today (July 13th).


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