The Byrds

The Byrds • Soho Square, London • August 1965 • No. 2


Soho Square, London                                                                                                         

Left to right: Chris Hillman, Michael Clarke, David Crosby, Jim McGuinn, and Gene Clark

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The Story

The Byrds visit Soho Square, London, during promotional duties in early August, at the start of their infamous 1965 British tour. 

Two weeks before their London arrival, The Byrds’ debut single, ‘Mr. Tambourine Man,’ reaches #1 in the British charts. The group’s follow-up, a reworking of Dylan’sAll I Really Want To Do’ will peak at #4 on September 4, behind Sonny & Cher’sI Got You Babe’, The Beatles’ ‘Help’, and The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.’

13 Soho Square, which served as the studio of legendary ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’ animator, Richard Williams, is visible in the background between Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke.

Photographer unconfirmed / Image formerly from the London Features International Ltd — John Halsall archives

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