Hey – have you heard the Byrds? Bob Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine Man was their first Columbia single record, and it was a hit! (The way I got the story was that Dylan heard The Byrds’ version, flipped and said nobody could do it as well, and they should record it.)
The Byrds are five guys who’ve been together for about eight months, but collectively have had years of experience. The leader of the group is Jim McGuinn, who toured for two years with The Chad Mitchell Trio and for a year with Bobby Darin when he had a folk act. McGuinn’s done a bunch of other things, including writing and playing most of the arrangements for folk artists like Judy Collins.