The Bizarre Story of What Happened to Gram Parsons Body After He Died


Some of the earliest as well as greatest marital relationships of country music as well as rock came before Gram Parsons' unforeseen fatality at age 26. Billed as if it fell from external space, Parson's songs mixed his Waycross, Georgia upbringing with the influence of Laurel Canyon's psychedelic and also folk-rock noises.

He actually started pursuing nation songs while attending Harvard when he formed his very first band, The International Submarine Band. This was around the time Parsons fulfilled rock & roll king Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, showing him country music and creating a friendship that would certainly last up until his death. He invested much of his time partying with Richards as well as the Stones making his music underperform, consisting of the last Flying Burrito Brothers album, Burrito Deluxe.

The events following Parson's Sept. 19, 1973 death are virtually as famous as his rise to cult condition, as a race to regulate his last relaxing place led to one of the most well known as well as strange criminal activities in popular music background. His last solo album released posthumously, Grievous Angel, with the help of good friend as well as duet companion Emmylou Harris (their group Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels also released a cd) lives on in country-rock history with extraordinary songs like "Love Hurts".

The "Honky Tonk Women" and "Brass Buttons" vocalist had actually mentioned in the existence of roadway manager Phil Kaufman and others that rather than a church funeral, he would certainly choose having his ashes scattered in California at Joshua Tree National Park. Ben Fong-Torres, author of Hickory Wind: The Life and Times of Gram Parsons, recommends that Parsons made this deal with buddies at the funeral service of fellow country-leaning Byrds alum Clarence White.

Parsons died in the location from a reported overdose, with his body uncovered in space 8 of the Joshua Tree Inn. Logistically speaking, complying with via with Parson's dreams need to have been easy sufficient.

At the same time, Parsons' adopted father Bob planned an appropriate funeral service in Louisiana. Rumors linger that the senior Parsons was worried about state inheritance regulations that preferred the closest living male family member.

Kaufman and his assistant Michael Murphy's service to the Bob Parsons issue was basic. They required to steal their good friend's body before it was flown from California to Louisiana.

Kaufman and Martin then drove out to the Joshua Tree desert with the coffin and a container of gas. The park's restriction on fires confirmed to be the defect in the near-perfect criminal activity. Campers identified the smoke and also reported it to cops.

Authorities later on apprehended as well as identified Kaufman as well as Martin. Without any regulation on guides for swiping a body, the charge was violation burglary of a coffin.

On Nov. 5, a judge fined the pair $300 each and bought them to pay the $750 expense of the damaged casket. The court date, by chance, would have been Parsons' 27th birthday celebration.

To recover prices, Kaufman presented the Gram Parsons Funeral Party. Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers headlined the occasion, held at Kaufman's house. Admission costs plus the sales of specially-printed Gram Parsons tees and beer containers re-labeled as "Gram Pilsner" elevated $800, per Fong-Torres.

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Parson's partially-burned remains at some point made it to Louisiana. Memorial Lawn Cemetery near New Orleans came to be Parson's last relaxing place. There wound up being a memorial at Joshua Tree besides, although it's not officially acknowledged by the park. It's a concrete piece that reviews "Safe at Home," referencing a 1968 cd by Parson's International Submarine Band.

In the results of every one of this dramatization, Bob Parsons stopped working to assert his adopted son's inheritance in court. Contrarily, the ventures of "Phil Coffin" ended up being the stuff of tale. Today, you can still listen to Parsons music live from his homage band, New Soft Shoe.