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Former Byrds Manager Jim Dickson – Dead At 80

COSTA MESA, CA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Jim Dickson, one of the key figures in the development of the 60s folk-rock sound and the first manager of the seminal band The Byrds died on April 19th of undisclosed causes. He was 80.

An L.A. native, Dickson got his start in the industry working as a record producer, working with several folk-rock groups, including with David Crosby and Hillmen with future Byrds member Chris Hillman.

Dickson went on to manage the Hillman as well as Crosby's new band which recorded as the Beefeaters and the Jet Set and later helped the Byrds to record their breakout hit "Mr. Tambourine Man" in 1964.

Dickson and his partner Eddie Tickner managed The Byrds through their folk-rock period and later worked with The Flying Burrito Brothers, with Dickson producing the group's albums while on the A&M label.

Dickson later moved to Hawaii, where he pursued a career in competitive sailing.

According to Variety. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers