“Eight Miles High” was The Byrds’ third (and final) top 20 hit. But why were there two versions of the song? Why was it briefly banned from radio? And which famous musician’s instrument is emulated in it? Byrds’ co-founder Roger McGuinn reveals all.
In 1965, The Byrds’ Gene Clark, Roger McGuinn, and David Crosby wrote the song Eight Miles High about their plane trip to England. Two years later, the group returned to London and McGuinn took along his home movie camera — now he’s unveiling the film.