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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, Clark 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 for their ensemble and he recorded two albums with them before leaving in early 1964. … Read More


1966 21 Years Old A management decision delivered the lead vocal duties to McGuinn 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 LP, 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 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, Gene Clark released his second solo album. … Read More
1972 27 Years Old In 1972, Clark assembled a backing group consisting of highly accomplished country rock musicians to accompany him on an album with A&M. Progress was slow and expensive and A&M terminated the project before completion. … Read More
1974 29 Years Old On the basis of the quality of Clark's Byrds contributions, David Geffen signed him to Asylum Records in early 1974. … Read More


1975 - 1979 4 More Events
1980 35 Years Old McGuinn, Clark and Hillman's second release was to have been a full group effort entitled City, but a combination of Clark's unreliability and his dissatisfaction with their musical direction (mostly regarding Ron and Howard Albert's production) resulted in the billing change on City to "Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, featuring Gene Clark," released in 1980. … 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 L.A., 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 1984 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 In 1987, So Rebellious a Lover became a modest commercial success, but Clark began to develop serious health problems; he had ulcers, aggravated by years of heavy drinking (he often drank to alleviate his chronic travel anxiety).
1988 43 Years Old In 1988, he underwent surgery during which much of his stomach and intestines had to be removed. … 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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