Clarence White

Born Jun 7, 1944

Clarence White was a guitar player for Nashville West, The Byrds, Muleskinner, and the Kentucky Colonels. His parents were Acadians from New Brunswick, Canada. The father, Eric LeBlanc, Sr. , played fiddle, guitar, banjo and harmonica, and his children, Roland, Eric Jr. , Joanne and Clarence, took up music at a young age.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Clarence White.


1944 Birth Born in 1944.
1954 10 Years Old In 1954, when Clarence was ten, the White family relocated to Burbank, California and soon after, Clarence joined his brothers Roland and Eric Jr. (who played mandolin and banjo respectively) in a trio called Three Little Country Boys. … Read More


1962 18 Years Old In September 1962, the Country Boys recorded their debut album for Briar International. … Read More
1963 19 Years Old Following the release of their debut album, the Kentucky Colonels played a multitude of live appearances throughout California and the United States, including an appearance at the prestigious Monterey Folk Festival in May 1963.


1964 20 Years Old 1 More Event
During 1964, White began to look beyond bluegrass music towards rock 'n' roll as an avenue for artistic expression. … Read More
1965 21 Years Old 1 More Event
By the time the original line-up of the Kentucky Colonels folded in late 1965, White had become a respected and well-known guitarist. … Read More
1966 22 Years Old Hillman was currently a member of The Byrds and in December 1966, he invited White to contribute countrified lead guitar playing to his songs "Time Between" and "The Girl with no Name", which both appeared on The Byrds' Younger Than Yesterday album. … Read More
By mid-1967, White had begun performing at night in the band The Reasons (a.k.a. … Read More
1968 24 Years Old Following the abrupt departure from The Byrds of singer and guitarist Gram Parsons in July 1968, White was invited to join the group as a full-time member, remaining until the band was finally dissolved by lead guitarist Roger McGuinn in February 1973. … Read More
The White-era version of The Byrds, featuring McGuinn, White and Parsons, along with bassists John York (September 1968–September 1969) and Skip Battin (September 1969–February 1973), released five albums and toured relentlessly between 1969 and 1972. … Read More
1971 27 Years Old In early 1971, White also contributed guitar to Paul Siebel's Jack-Knife Gypsy album and the title track of the L.A. Getaway album by Joel Scott-Hill, John Barbata and Chris Ethridge. … Read More
1972 28 Years Old In addition to his work with Muleskinner, White also undertook a number of sessions between late 1972 and early 1973 for his friend Gene Parsons' debut solo album Kindling. … Read More
Between these bookings with the Colonels, White also made a guest appearance on Eric Weissberg and Marshall Brickman's New Dimensions in Banjo & Bluegrass album, which would be re-released in 1973 as the soundtrack album to the film Deliverance (with Weissberg and Steve Mandell's version of "Dueling Banjos" added to the album's track listing). … Read More


1973 30 Years Old White died on July 14, 1973 after being struck by a drunk driver. … Read More
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