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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Deceased
24 May 1991
Death Place
Sherman Oaks

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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.
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  • 1988
    Age 43
    In 1988, he underwent surgery for the removal of much of his stomach and intestines.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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    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".
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
    By 1981, Clark had left, and the group recorded one more album as "McGuinn/Hillman".
  • 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."
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 1972
    Age 27
    In 1972, Clark attempted to record a follow-up album.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
    In 1970, Clark began work on a new single, recording two tracks with the original members of the Byrds (each recording his part separately).
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  • 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.
    Clark, along with Leadon, Jackson and Beck provided backup on the debut album of Steve Young, Rock Salt & Nails, released in November 1969.
    Dillard & Clark disintegrated in late 1969 after the departures of Clark and Leadon.
  • 1968
    Age 23
    In 1968, Clark signed with A&M Records and began a collaboration with the banjo player Doug Dillard.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1964
    Age 19
    They hired him, and he recorded two albums with the ensemble before leaving in early 1964.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on November 17, 1944.
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