Gene Clark, singer, guitarist
Singer ~ Songwriter ~ Guitarist
The Byrds ~ McGuinn, Clark & Hillman
birth name: Harold Eugene Clark

Gene Clark

November 17, 1944, Tipton, MO ~ May 24, 1991, Sherman Oaks, CA

Gene Clark will always be best remembered for his two-year stint as a vocalist with the Byrds between 1964 and 1966. A fine legacy to be sure, but the shame of it is that there was far more to Clark's body of work than that; 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. ~ Allmusic: Gene Clark ~ retrieved November 14, 2013 © Allmusic

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In 2008 two Gene Clark albums made it to the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die ~ No Other (1974) ~ White Light (1971)

The Byrds

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The Byrds pioneered folk-rock, combining traditional acoustic music with early Sixties pop. The group's signature sunny melodies, lush harmonies, and ringing 12-string guitars - as well as their eventual exploration of psychedelic rock - made for some of the decade's best singles. The band continued to do strong work (including foray into country), establishing a sonic model for many of the Seventies biggest rock bands, including the Eagles, Tom Petty, and the latter-day Fleetwood Mac. ~ Rolling Stone: the Byrds ~ retrieved April 17, 2014 © Rolling Stone

The Byrds ~ Ranked #45 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004 ~ “The Byrds are immortal because they flew so high.” ~ Tom Petty ~ 2004 © Rolling Stone

The Byrds ~ Younger Than Yesterday (1967) ~ Ranked #127 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Amid internal strife, the former Next Beatles made their first mature album, a blend of space-flight twang and electric hoedown infused with the glow of 1967 yet cut with realism. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

McGuinn, Clark & Hillman

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McGuinn, Clark & Hillman (later McGuinn-Hillman) came about in 1977, when three former members of the original Byrds - Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, and Chris Hillman - decided to try and update their sound in a new context. The impetus for the reunion took shape in stages over the course of that year. McGuinn and Hillman had played together longer than any of the other original members, with six albums (and innumerable concerts) across four years during the 1960s, and as late as 1967 they'd tried without success to reintegrate Gene Clark - the best songwriter among them and a superb singer, but also the first to leave - back into the band. ~ Allmusic: McGuinn, Clark & Hillman ~ retrieved April 26, 2014 © Allmusic

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