The Flying Burrito Brothers were founded in 1968 on the West Coast of the United States by former Byrds members Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman, as well as pianist and bassist Chris Ethridge and pedal steel guitarist Sneaky Pete Kleinow. The group borrowed their name from an East Coast-based group of the same name who had been colleagues of Parsons' previous band, the International Submarine Band. The group recorded their debut album The Gilded Palace of Sin without a regular drummer, however after that they hired another ex-Byrd, Michael Clarke, who had recently been working with the Dillard and Clark Expedition to fill the drum seat.