Gram Parsons was an American singer and songwriter who died at the early age of about 27 (drugs and alcohol) in Joshua Tree. This was in the early 70's. A friend of him stole his dead body, which actually should have been brought to his family in Florida (I think), at the airport and burned it - or at least partly - in the desert near Joshua Tree (which is right at the Highway 62). It obviously was Gram's wish that his ashes would be spread in the desert. The morbid thing about it was that the body didn't burn completely. What was left over was brought to his family and burried there.