Gene Clark

Born Nov 17, 1944

Harold Eugene "Gene" Clark was an American singer-songwriter, and one of the founding members of the folk-rock group The Byrds. Gene Clark is best remembered for being The Byrds' main songwriter between 1964 and early 1966. He created a large catalogue of music in several genres but failed to achieve solo commercial success. Clark was one of the earliest exponents of psychedelic rock, baroque pop, newgrass, country rock and alternative country.… Read More

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1944 Birth Born on November 17, 1944.


1962 17 Years Old When he graduated from Bonner Springs High School, in Bonner Springs, Kansas, in 1962, he formed a folk group, the Rum Runners.
1963 18 Years Old Clark was invited to join an established regional folk group, the Surf Riders, working out of Kansas City at the Castaways Lounge, owned by Hal Harbaum. On August 12, 1963, he was performing with them when he was discovered by the New Christy Minstrels.
1964 19 Years Old They hired him, and he recorded two albums with the ensemble before leaving in early 1964. … Read More


1966 21 Years Old A management decision gave McGuinn the lead vocals for their major singles and Bob Dylan songs. This disappointment, combined with Clark's dislike of traveling (including a chronic fear of flying) and resentment by other band members about the extra income he derived from his songwriting, led to internal squabbling, and he left the group in early 1966. … Read More
1967 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Columbia Records (the Byrds' record label) signed Clark as a solo artist, and in 1967 he released his first solo album, Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers. … Read More
1968 23 Years Old In 1968, Clark signed with A&M Records and began a collaboration with the banjo player Doug Dillard. … Read More
Dillard & Clark disintegrated in late 1969 after the departures of Clark and Leadon.
1970 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1970, Clark began work on a new single, recording two tracks with the original members of the Byrds (each recording his part separately). … Read More
1971 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1971, Clark released his second solo album, White Light. (The title was not on the cover sleeve, and thus some later reviewers mistakenly assued that the title was Gene Clark.) The album was produced by the Native American guitarist Jesse Ed Davis, with whom Clark developed great rapport, partly due to their common Indian ancestry. … Read More
1972 27 Years Old In 1972, Clark attempted to record a follow-up album. … Read More
1974 29 Years Old On the basis of the quality of Clark's contributions to Byrds, David Geffen signed him to Asylum Records in early 1974. … Read More


1975 - 1977 3 More Events
1980 35 Years Old …  McGuinn, Clark and Hillman's second release was to have been a full group effort entitled City; although it was ultimately released in 1980, a combination of Clark's unreliability (including experimentation with heroin) and his dissatisfaction with their musical direction (mostly regarding Ron and Howard Albert's production) resulted in the album being credited to "Roger McGuinn & Chris Hillman featuring Gene Clark." … Read More
1981 36 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1981, Clark had left, and the group recorded one more album as "McGuinn/Hillman".
1982 37 Years Old Upon his return to Los Angeles, he assembled a new band, the Firebyrds, and in 1982 proceeded to record what would eventually become the album Firebyrd. … Read More


1985 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985, Clark approached McGuinn, Crosby and Hillman regarding a reformation of the Byrds in time for the 20th anniversary of the release of "Mr. Tambourine Man". … Read More
1987 42 Years Old So Rebellious a Lover, a duet album with the roots rock singer Carla Olson, released in 1987, was a modest critical success, but Clark was increasingly afflicted with serious health problems, including ulcers and alcohol dependence.
1988 43 Years Old In 1988, he underwent surgery for the removal of much of his stomach and intestines. … Read More
1991 47 Years Old Clark's health continued to decline as his drinking accelerated. He died of natural causes on May 24, 1991, at age 46. … Read More
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