Hillmen, The


  • From Los Angeles, California.
  • Formed in the early 1960’s by Don Parmley (banjo), Vern Gosdin (guitar) and Rex Gosdin (bass). Chris Hillman (mandolin) joined the group in 1963 after playing with the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers.
  • The real name of the band was The Golden State Boys.  The Hillmen was only used on the release of the group’s album by Sugar Hill Records, years after the group broke up. The album was originally produced by Jim Dickson.
  • They were regulars on a Los Angeles TV show called “Cal’s Corral” (promoting Cal Worthington’s car dealerships). They also played a various Southern California bars and nightclubs.