Gram Parsons wife Gretchen Parsons Carpenter married him until his untimely death in 1973. Here is more about her and their daughter Polly Parsons.

Gram Parsons was an American musician popular for being a member of the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and the International Submarine Band.

Parsons was prolific in guitar and piano and had a successful solo career, often credited for popularizing Cosmic American Music, a hybrid of country, R&B, soul, folk, and rock.

He is considered one of the pioneers in country rock music whose music touched millions in his short career. 

In 2008, Parsons was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Who Is Gram Parsons Wife Gretchen Parsons Carpenter?

Gram Parsons wife, Gretchen Parsons Carpenter, is an American actress and songwriter.

Gretchen was born Gretchen Lisl Berrill on May 15, 1952, in Los Angeles, California, USA.

She met her husband, Gram Parsons, in the early 1970s. Gram was already a superstar then, and Gretchen was an aspiring actress.

The couple married on September 13, 1971, at Parson’s stepfather’s New Orleans estate.

The couple was happy in late 1971 and had a great relationship.

Gram Parsons and his wife Gretchen Burrell. (Source: Tumblr)

However, the relationship was unstable due to Gretchen’s jealousy and needy nature. Reportedly, Parsons quashed his wife’s burgeoning film career.

Many of Parson’s closest associates and friends claim he was preparing to commence divorce proceedings at his death.

The couple had already separated for a while when Parsons passed away.

After formally breaking up with Gretchen, Parsons rekindled his relationship with high-school sweetheart Margaret Fisher. 

Since Gram and Gretchen had not formally divorced at his death, she remained his wife on paper until then.

Gram Parsons died aged 26 in Joshua Park Inn, near Joshua Tree National Park, on September 19, 1973. 

Earlier, he confessed to his manager Phil Kaufman that he wished to be created and his ashes scattered in the park in case he died.

After Parsons’s death, Gretchen remained single before marrying Bob Carpenter, keyboardist of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Gretchen Burrell took both her husbands’ names and became Gretchen Parsons Carpenter.

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Meet Gram Parsons Daughter Polly Parsons

Gram Parsons had a daughter Polly Parsons with Nancy Lee Ross Parsons.

Polly was born to Gram’s ex-girlfriend Nancy Ross, with whom he had a short affair.  

Parson’s childhood friend, Brandon de Wilde, introduced him to Ross. At that time, Nancy was David Crosby’s girlfriend. 

However, Gram was able to take Nancy away from David and marry her. Soon, she became pregnant with his child.

However, Gram did not relish the responsibility of being a father and ordered nancy to have an abortion.

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Gram Parsons and his ex-wife Nancy Ross. (Source: Tumblr)

She refused and gave birth to Polly Parsons in late 1967. Shortly after their daughter’s birth, the couple split up, and Nancy moved to Santa Barbara with her daughter.

Nancy raised Polly alone and was so enraged with her ex-husband that she did not allow Gram Parsons’s music in her house.

Nevertheless, Polly used to listen to her father’s music sneaking under her bed. 

Polly had a troubled upbringing and suffered from cocaine and alcohol addiction as a teenager.

She also kept it a secret that she was the daughter of legendary musician Gram Parsons.

Polly Parsons, Gram Parsons’s daughter. (Source: WBUR)

However, Polly turned her life around and reclaimed her father’s musical heritage, producing tribute concerts.

She created Hickory Wind Ranch and Gram Parsons Foundation, which helps musicians deal with drug abuse recovery.

Polly currently resides in Austin, Texas. She has a daughter, Harper Lee. 

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