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Tipton MO, United States (November 17, 1944 – May 24, 1991)

Gene Clark, born Harold Eugene Clark (born Tipton, Missouri, November 17, 1944[1] - May 24, 1991) 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 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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Early life

Born in Tipton, Missouri, the third of thirteen children, Clark began learning the guitar from his father at age nine and was soon picking out Hank Williams tunes as well as material by early rockers such as Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers. Before long he was writing his own songs and, at 13, joined a local Rock & Roll combo, Joe Meyers and the Sharks. Like many of his generation, Clark developed an interest in folk music because of the popularity of the Kingston Trio. Clark graduated from Bonner Springs High School in Bonner Springs, Kansas in 1962.

Formation of The Byrds

He began performing with several folk groups working out of Kansas City at the Castaways Lounge, owned by Hal Harbaum, where he was discovered by the New Christy Minstrels, in August 1963, who hired him for their ensemble and with whom he remained for six months. After hearing the Beatles, Clark quit the Christys and moved to Los Angeles where he met fellow folkie/Beatles convert Jim (later Roger) McGuinn at the Troubadour Club and in early 1964 they began to assemble a band that would become The Byrds.

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  • pedroegb3

    All Gene's solo career is fenomenal. :)

    27 May 9:59pm Reply
  • Ryantalope

    Strength of Strings is a phenomenal track :)

    15 Mar 12:53pm Reply
  • RussellChap

    Honeyed melancholia...sweetly sad...but such wonderful music...Gene Clark was a true great, pity his solo work didn't garner as much plaudits and commercial rewards as he had with The Byrds.

    9 Feb 11:47am Reply
  • connorbrown1410

    Gene was such a powerful singer, writer and bandleader

    1 Feb 12:09am Reply
  • MondoEduardo

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    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • in90sec

    Why did no one send some HBD wishes? A shame

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Maglor_T

    Why does he have so few listeners? A shame

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Mortum_est

    huh! machine gun

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • mantaqueen

    Yes stunning stuff but only out on CD afaik. Want it on VINYL.

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • semionato

    people, what about the wonderful collection of demos recently released? stunning stuff, to my (and any sane) mind.

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Flashstep

    How could anybody listen to Gene Clark and find it pallid or pointless? Dude, I feel sorry for you. Like big time sorry. [2]

    3 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Nessyliz

    How could anybody listen to Gene Clark and find it pallid or pointless? Dude, I feel sorry for you. Like big time sorry.

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Idzaac

    If you like Gram's beautiful blend of country, soul, folk, gospel, and rock, check out my page and my songs http://www.facebook.com/Idzaac?ref=hl | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfQslP0LJWI

    18 Dec 2012 Reply
  • folkfag00

    such pallid, pointless music is hard to find

    27 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Larry-1957

    Priceless candid video of Gene Clark from 1988. I was charged with the task of getting a limo to take Gene Clark, Rick Roberts (Firefall) and Randy Meisner (Eagles) to a couple of radio interviews to promote an upcoming concert. I asked them if they'd mind if I rolled some tape of the day with my home video camera. The tape sat on my shelf unseen for nearly 25 years before it dawned on me to share it with his followers through the internet. Enjoy it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mzt_BDRnCLE

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • lost_jewels

    Feel free to listen to: Day for Night from Gypsy Angels The line: You leave your home life all behind Was there no love in you're childhood? creeps right under you skin. To make a statement. Gypsy Angel is underrated too. Not so spectaculair at first but when you listen to it a few more times it comes all over you. Voice at that time was vulnerable but pure Gene.

    1 Sep 2012 Reply
  • simonggggg

    EVERYTHING

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
  • TheDiceMan

    Not that its a bad thing he stand out against some of the dross but what's old Gene done to deserve CAPITAL LETTERS?

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Retinend

    It's criminal that No Other was so badly received at the time of release. It and the earlier albums are comparable in quality to Neil Young in the same period.

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • iconan

    Gene Clark will always be best remembered for his two-year stint as a vocalist with the Byrds between 1964 and 1966. He was a superb songwriter, one of the founding fathers of country-rock, and recorded a number of fine albums with an impressive array of collaborators whose quality far outstripped their modest sales figures. -.-.-.-. om hari om .....

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
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