- Richard Carlin
Parsons, Gram (05 November 1946–19 September 1973), country-rock vocalist and bandleader, was born Ingram Cecil Conner III in Winterhaven, Florida, the son of Ingram Cecil Conner, Jr., a semiprofessional country singer and songwriter known professionally as “Coon Dog” Connor, and Avis Snively, the daughter of a wealthy citrus grower. Connor was raised in a musical household and showed early interest in playing the guitar. However, Connor’s at-home exposure to country music ended at age thirteen, when his father committed suicide. His mother subsequently remarried, and he took his stepfather’s surname of Parsons. As a high school student, he played in several bands that featured the music of the Everly Brothers and ...