Emmylou Harris tells Terry Gross about getting the news that Gram Parsons had died:
I just got a call from Eddie Tickner, who was Gram’s manager and my manager, and he said, “I have some terrible news. You know, Gram died last night.” And it was such a shock, you know. I think when you’re young, in your 20s, you think you’re going to live forever and you think everybody you know is going to live forever.
And so it was really difficult to absorb the news and figure out how to grieve, how to go about dealing with this loss of this person who was so important to, you know, as a friend and someone who I cared about very deeply. But also, so much of my life and music, which was so important to me at that point, he was like my teacher and the direction and everything.