Gene Clark
American singer-songwriter
Gene Clark
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.
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Atchafalaya Voices - The Daily Advertiser
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Back during that time period, Jim spent two weeks with his mentor, Gene Clark of Bakersfield, California, while making the rodeo circuit in southwest Louisiana. "During the 1960s and '70s, the Clark Brothers were the best rodeo clown acts in the
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Future Foodservice Leaders: Gene Clark - Foodservice Equipment & Supplies
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What's the best career advice you have been given? A few years ago, I was given something my grandpa made when he was a teenager. It's an old stereo cabinet that he rebuilt to store things in using a dozen wooden Velveeta cheese boxes that slide in and
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Incumbent Section Managers in Western Washington, Georgia re-elected - Southgate Amateur Radio Club
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In Georgia, incumbent Gene Clark, W4AYK, of Albany, was re-elected to a second term with 820 votes. His opponent Verne Fowler, W8BLA, of Cumming, received 365 votes. In Western Washington, Jim Pace, K7CEX, of Centralia, was re-elected for a third term
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New Christy Minstrels to play Sellersville Theater - phillyBurbs.com
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The New Christy Minstrels, the iconic American folk group which launched the careers of Kenny Rogers, Gene Clark, Kim Carnes and Barry McGuire, among other musicians, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a US tour that arrives Friday at the
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The Byrds and Beyond Aug. 26 at McLoone's Supper Club - Asbury Park Press (blog)
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Chris Hillman and Gene Clark also went on to successful solo careers, and Byrds' songs like their version of Bob Dylan's “Mr. Tambourine Man,” along with “Turn! Turn! Turn!” “Eight Miles High,” So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star,” “My Back Pages,”
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New Feist: "How Come You Never Go There" - Pitchfork Media
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On October 18, High Moon Records will reissue Two Sides to Every Story, the out-of-print 1977 solo album from Byrds member Gene Clark, on CD and vinyl. The reissue will include rare bonus material and extensive liner notes
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News in Brief: Black Francis and Reid Paley, Gene Clark, Tommy Stinson, Sunset ... - Pitchfork Media
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On August 30, High Moon Records will reissue Two Sides to Every Story, the out-of-print 1977 solo album from Byrds member Gene Clark, on CD and vinyl. The reissue will include rare bonus material and extensive liner notes
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Peeples Place at KHTS Aug. 5, 2011 - KHTS Radio
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Clark and his band performed the original "Sunlight" from his eponymous EP and "So You Say You Lost Your Baby," written by his legendary dad, the late Gene Clark, of Dillards and Byrds and solo fame. Gene was an Americana godfather before the genre was
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Dawes plays it old school - Los Angeles Times
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... Angeles Times It's a hot, bone-dry, blue-skied day in the hills above Los Angeles — the kind of crystalline morning one might expect to see Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and the Byrds' Gene Clark relaxing on a redwood deck strumming acoustic guitars
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Bluegrass superstars Alison Krauss and Union Station play Sunday under the ... - Tahoe Daily Tribune
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Produced by T Bone Burnett and featuring songs by Gene Clark, Tom Waits, and Townes Van Zandt, among others, the album met with great success, taking home “Album of the Year” as well as four other awards at the 2009 Grammys and earning a RIAA Platinum
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Centennial attracts thousands to Slaton - LubbockOnline.com
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Gene Clark said nearly half of the original 86 members of his class of 1961 showed up for their 50th reunion. "It's been the most enjoyable reunion that I've been to," he said. "It's been really well organized, too," his wife, Dianne Clark, added
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Exclusive Listen: Lost Gene Clark Classic 'Kansas City Southern' - RollingStone.com
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Gene Clark is best remembered a founding member of the Byrds, but for the bulk of his recording career he was a solo artist. On August 30th his long out-of-print disc Two Sides To Every Store is hitting shelves again with bonus material,
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Gene Clark: Two Sides of Every Story - jambands.com
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Singer/songwriter Gene Clark—best known for his role as the founding member of '60s rock band The Byrds—will re-release his long out of print 1977 album Two Sides of Every Story. The re-mastered album will come out on August 30 through High Moon
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Buffalo Springfield tests the waters for a 30-city tour this Fall - HULIQ
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Since then, original members Gene Clark and Michael Clarke passed away,” added a Rolling Stone report. Fans of Buffalo Springfield will tell you that the album, “Buffalo Springfield Again,” is viewed as one of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time
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Lives turn, turn, turn at 1966 arena show - London Free Press
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One of my heroes, Gene Clark, had quit or been pushed out of the nest months earlier, it turned out. McGuinn, Clarke, bassist Chris Hillman, guitarist and singer David Crosby were the Byrds. Crosby became a huge star with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
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Review | The Byrds still soar in Roger McGuinn's retrospective - Kansas City Star
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Envisioning a marriage of folk with the British Invasion, McGuinn fled the Greenwich Village scene for the Troubador in Los Angeles, where he met Missouri native Gene Clark. And the group that would become the Byrds was born
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    FORTIES
  • 1991
    Age 46
    Clark's health continued to decline as his drinking accelerated. He died of natural causes on May 24, 1991, at age 46.
    More Details Hide Details The coroner declared he succumbed to "natural causes" brought on by a bleeding ulcer. He was buried at Saint Andrews Cemetery in his birthplace of Tipton, Missouri, under a simple headstone inscribed "Harold Eugene Clark – No Other". A documentary about Clark's life and career, entitled The Byrd Who Flew Alone, was released in 2013, featuring contributions from family, friends, the three surviving original members of the Byrds, latter-day Byrd John York and late-era collaborators Carla Olson and Pat Robinson. The documentary revealed that Clark was suffering from throat cancer at the time of his death. During his career and after his death, Clark's songs have been covered by a number of artists. Ian Matthews was an early promoter of Clark's songs, covering "Polly" on his 1972 album Journeys from Gospel Oak and "Tried So Hard" on his 1974 album Some Days You Eat the Bear. "Tried So Hard" was later covered by Yo la Tengo on Fakebook in 1990. Death in Vegas and Paul Weller covered his song "So You Say You Lost Your Baby" on their 2003 album Scorpio Rising. In 1993 the Scottish band Teenage Fanclub recorded a tribute entitled "Gene Clark" on their album Thirteen. In 2007, two of his songs were recorded by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant on the T-Bone Burnett–produced Raising Sand: "Polly Come Home" and "Through the Morning, Through the Night." Also in 2007, Chris and Rich Robinson released a live version of "Polly" on their album Brothers of a Feather: Live at the Roxy.
  • 1988
    Age 43
    In 1988, he underwent surgery for the removal of much of his stomach and intestines.
    More Details Hide Details A period of abstinence and recovery followed until Tom Petty's cover of "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better", on his album Full Moon Fever (1989), yielded huge royalties to Clark, who quickly began using crack cocaine and alcohol. The Byrds set aside their differences long enough to appear together at their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in January 1991, at which the original lineup performed several songs together, including Clark's "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better".
  • 1987
    Age 42
    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.
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  • 1985
    Age 40
    Clark initially called his band "The 20th Anniversary Tribute to the Byrds" and began performing on the lucrative nostalgia circuit in early 1985.
    More Details Hide Details A number of concert promoters began to shorten the band's name to "the Byrds" in advertisements and promotional material. As the band continued to tour throughout 1985, their agent decided to shorten the name to "the Byrds" permanently, to the displeasure of McGuinn, Crosby and Hillman. Clark eventually discontinued performing with his own "Byrds" band, but drummer Clarke continued on with Skip Battin (occasionally with ex-Byrds York and Gene Parsons), forming another "Byrds" group, prompting McGuinn, Hillman, and Crosby to go on the road as "the Byrds" in an attempt to establish a claim to the rights to the name. Their effort failed this time; Clark was not included in the reunion, primarily because of his involvement with the act that didn't include them. Crosby finally secured rights to the name in 2002.
    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".
    More Details Hide Details The three of them showed no interest. Clark decided to assemble a "superstar" collection of musicians, including ex-Flying Burrito Brothers and Firefall member Rick Roberts, ex-Beach Boys singer and guitarist Blondie Chaplin, ex-Band members Rick Danko and Richard Manuel, and ex-Byrds Michael Clarke and John York.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details While waiting for the album to be released, Clark joined up with Chris Hillman and others in an abortive venture called Flyte, which failed to secure a recording contract and was quickly dissolved. The eventual release of Firebyrd in 1984 coincided with the emergence of jangle rockers like R.E.M. and Tom Petty, who had sparked a new interest in the Byrds. Clark began developing new fans among L.A.'s roots-conscious "paisley underground" scene. Later in the decade, he embraced his new status by appearing as a guest with the Long Ryders, in a session arranged by album producer Henry Lewy at band member Sid Griffin's suggestion, and he cut an acclaimed duo album with Carla Olson of the Textones titled So Rebellious a Lover (including the notable "Gypsy Rider" and "Del Gato") in 1986. The album included contributions from Chris Hillman and was produced and arranged by session drummer Michael Huey.
  • 1981
    Age 36
    Clark moved to Hawaii with Jesse Ed Davis to try to overcome his drug dependency, remaining there until the end of 1981.
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    By 1981, Clark had left, and the group recorded one more album as "McGuinn/Hillman".
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  • 1980
    Age 35
    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."
    More Details Hide Details Despite the turmoil, Clark penned a classic love song, "Won't Let You Down".
  • 1977
    Age 32
    These were submitted to RSO Records, which promptly bought out Clark's Asylum contract and issued the long-gestating Two Sides to Every Story in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details The album—a melange of bluegrass, traditional honky tonk, echoes of No Other ("Sister Moon") and strident country rock (a new arrangement of "Kansas City Southern")—was produced by Thomas Jefferson Kaye with an understated touch. The emotional fallout from his divorce is reflected in the album title and several of Clark's compositions: "Sister Moon", "Lonely Saturday", "Past Addresses", "Silent Crusade" and "Hear the Wind". The album also contains impressive covers of the traditional "In the Pines" (a key component of Clark's live repertoire with the Silverados) and "Give My Love to Marie" by James Talley. Once again, his style of sensitive country-rock balladry failed to achieve success on the U.S. charts. In a belated attempt to find an appreciative public, he reluctantly overcame his travel anxiety and launched an international promotional tour with the KC Southern Band. Some six weeks before his death, Clark told interviewer Bill Wasserzieher that he considered Two Sides to Every Story his best album, rivaled only by No Other.
  • 1976
    Age 31
    In 1976, he recorded a set of ten demos that combined country and folk music with a light touch of cosmic consciousness.
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  • 1975
    Age 30
    After the commercial failure of No Other, Clark was confused about his artistic direction. Throughout 1975 and 1976, he had hinted to the press that he was assembling a set of "cosmic" songs fusing country rock with R&B and funk, elaborating on the soundscapes of his most recent album.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 29
    On the basis of the quality of Clark's contributions to Byrds, David Geffen signed him to Asylum Records in early 1974.
    More Details Hide Details The label was the home of the most prominent exponents of the singer-songwriter movement of the era and carried the kind of hip cachet that Clark hadn't experienced since his days with the Byrds. He retired to Mendocino and spent long periods at the picture window of a friend's cliff-top home with a notebook and an acoustic guitar, staring at the Pacific Ocean. Deeply affected by his visions, he composed the songs that became his masterpiece, No Other. Produced by Thomas Jefferson Kaye with a vast array of session musicians (including members of the Section and the Allman Brothers Band) and backing singers, the album was an unprecedented amalgam of country rock, folk, gospel, soul and choral music with poetic, mystical lyrics. Included in No Other are some of Clark's most enduring compositions, including the title track, "Silver Raven", "Some Misunderstanding" and "Lady of the North". Although the album was praised by critics, its unconventional arrangements limited public appeal. Furthermore, its high production costs (exceeding $100,000) prompted Geffen to berate Clark and Kaye. The album was minimally promoted and stalled in the Billboard album chart at #144. Ultimately, No Other became a favorite of rock critics, growing in popularity with each passing year. In 2013, popularity of No Other grew when it was revealed that members of such au courant groups as Beach House, the Walkmen, Grizzly Bear, and Fleet Foxes would be performing the album in its entirety in a series of concerts.
  • 1972
    Age 27
    In 1972, Clark attempted to record a follow-up album.
    More Details Hide Details Progress was slow and expensive, and A&M terminated the project before completion. The resulting eight tracks, including "Full Circle Song" and "In a Misty Morning", along with those recorded with the Byrds in 1970 and 1971 ("She's the Kind of Girl" and "One in a Hundred") and with the Flying Burrito Brothers ("Here Tonight"), were released in 1973 as Roadmaster in the Netherlands only. Clark then left A&M to join a reunion of the original five Byrds and cut the album Byrds (released in 1973 by Asylum Records). The album charted well (U.S. number 20), but its placement did not live up to the label's initial expectations in the wake of the recent success of other artists, including Crosby (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) and Hillman (Stephen Stills's band, Manassas). Clark's compositions "Full Circle" and "Changing Heart" and the Neil Young covers on which he sang the lead vocal ("See the Sky About to Rain" and "Cowgirl in the Sand") were widely regarded as the standout tracks on a record which received a critically divisive response. Disheartened by the bad reviews and unhappy with Crosby's performance as the record's producer, the group members chose to dissolve the Byrds. Clark briefly joined McGuinn's solo group, with which he premiered "Silver Raven", arguably his most celebrated post-Byrds song.
  • 1971
    Age 26
    In the spring of 1971, Clark was commissioned by Dennis Hopper to contribute the tracks "American Dreamer" and "Outlaw Song" to Hopper's film project American Dreamer.
    More Details Hide Details A rerecorded, longer version of the song "American Dreamer" was later used in the 1977 film The Farmer, along with an instrumental version of the same song plus "Outside the Law (The Outlaw)", a rerecording of "Outlaw Song".
    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.
    More Details Hide Details An intimate, poetic and mostly acoustic work supplemented by Davis's slide guitar, the album contained many introspective tracks, such as "With Tomorrow", "Because of You", "Where My Love Lies Asleep" and "For a Spanish Guitar" (which Bob Dylan supposedly hailed as one of the greatest songs ever written). All of the material was written by Clark, with the exception of "Tears of Rage", by Dylan and Richard Manuel. Launched to considerable critical acclaim, the album failed to gain commercial success, except in the Netherlands, where it was voted album of the year by rock music critics. Once more, modest promotion and Clark's refusal to undertake promotional touring adversely affected sales.
  • 1970
    Age 25
    In 1970 and 1971, Clark contributed vocals and two compositions ("Tried So Hard" and "Here Tonight") to albums by the Flying Burrito Brothers.
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    In 1970, Clark began work on a new single, recording two tracks with the original members of the Byrds (each recording his part separately).
    More Details Hide Details The resulting songs, "She's the Kind of Girl" and "One in a Hundred", were not released at the time, because of legal problems; they were included later on the album Roadmaster.
  • 1969
    Age 24
    Frustrated with the music industry, Clark bought a house in Albion, California, near Mendocino, married a woman named Carlie and fathered two sons (Kelly and Kai) while subsisting in semiretirement on his still-substantial Byrds royalties throughout the early 1970s, augmented by income from the Turtles' 1969 American Top Ten hit "You Showed Me", a previously unreleased composition by McGuinn and Clark from 1964.
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    Clark, along with Leadon, Jackson and Beck provided backup on the debut album of Steve Young, Rock Salt & Nails, released in November 1969.
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    Dillard & Clark disintegrated in late 1969 after the departures of Clark and Leadon.
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  • 1968
    Age 23
    In 1968, Clark signed with A&M Records and began a collaboration with the banjo player Doug Dillard.
    More Details Hide Details The guitarist Bernie Leadon (later with the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Eagles), the bass player Dave Jackson and the mandolin player Don Beck joined them to form the nucleus of Dillard & Clark. They produced two albums, The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark (1968) and Through the Morning, Through the Night (1969). The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark was an acoustic adventure in country rock; it included the songs "Train Leaves Here This Morning" (covered in 1972 on the album Eagles) and "She Darked the Sun" (covered by Linda Ronstadt on her 1970 album Silk Purse. Through the Morning, Through the Night was more bluegrass in character than its predecessor and used electric instrumentation. It also included Donna Washburn (Dillard's girlfriend) as a backing vocalist, which contributed to the departure of Leadon, and it marked a change to a traditional bluegrass direction, which caused Clark to lose interest. The song was used in Quincy Jones's soundtrack of the 1972 Sam Peckinpah movie The Getaway. This song, along with "Polly" (both from the second Dillard & Clark album), was also covered by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss on their 2007 album Raising Sand. Both albums by Dillard & Clark fared poorly on the charts, but they are now regarded as pioneers of country rock and newgrass genres. The collaboration with Dillard rejuvenated Clark's creativity but greatly contributed to his growing drinking problem.
  • 1967
    Age 22
    With the future of his solo career in doubt, Clark briefly rejoined the Byrds in October 1967, as a replacement for the recently departed David Crosby, but left after only three weeks, following an anxiety attack in Minneapolis.
    More Details Hide Details During this brief period with the Byrds, he appeared with the band on the television program Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, lip-synching the group's current single, "Goin' Back"; he also performed "Mr. Spaceman" with the band. Although there is some disagreement among the band's biographers, Clark is generally viewed as having contributed background vocals to the songs "Goin' Back" and "Space Odyssey" for the forthcoming Byrds' album The Notorious Byrd Brothers and was an uncredited co-author, with McGuinn, of "Get to You", from that album.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Gosdin Brothers were selected to back him because they shared the same manager, Jim Dickson, and because Chris Hillman, who played bass on the album, had worked with the Gosdin Brothers in the mid-1960s when he and they were members of the Southern California bluegrass band the Hillmen. The album was a unique mixture of pop, country rock and baroque psychedelic tracks. It received favorable reviews, but unfortunately for Clark it was released almost simultaneously with the Byrds' Younger Than Yesterday, also on Columbia, and (partly because of his 18-month absence from public attention) was a commercial failure.
  • 1966
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He briefly returned to Kansas City before moving back to Los Angeles to form Gene Clark & the Group with Chip Douglas, Joel Larson, and Bill Rhinehart.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1964
    Age 19
    They hired him, and he recorded two albums with the ensemble before leaving in early 1964.
    More Details Hide Details After hearing the Beatles, Clark quit the New Christy Minstrels and moved to Los Angeles, where he met fellow folkie and Beatles convert Jim (later Roger) McGuinn at the Troubadour Club. In early 1964 they began to assemble a band that would become the Byrds. Clark wrote or co-wrote many of the Byrds' best-known originals from their first three albums, including "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better", "Set You Free This Time", "Here Without You", "You Won't Have to Cry", "If You're Gone", "The World Turns All Around Her", "She Don't Care About Time" and "Eight Miles High". He and McGuinn also composed "You Showed Me", which was recorded but not released by the Byrds; a version recorded by the Turtles was a hit in 1969. He initially played rhythm guitar in the band, but relinquished that position to David Crosby and became the tambourine and harmonica player. Bassist Chris Hillman noted years later in an interview remembering Clark, "At one time, he was the power in the Byrds, not McGuinn, not Crosby—it was Gene who would burst through the stage curtain banging on a tambourine, coming on like a young Prince Valiant. A hero, our savior. Few in the audience could take their eyes off this presence. He was the songwriter. He had the 'gift' that none of the rest of us had developed yet.
  • 1963
    Age 18
    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.
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  • 1962
    Age 17
    When he graduated from Bonner Springs High School, in Bonner Springs, Kansas, in 1962, he formed a folk group, the Rum Runners.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on November 17, 1944.
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