The late, great Gene Clark would be 72 today. He co-founded The Byrds (singing on their #1 hits "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn Turn Turn") and wrote their classics "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" and "Eight Miles High". After The Byrds, he did a bunch of awesome stuff, working with people like The Godsin Brothers, Douglas Dillard, Jesse Ed Davis, and Tom Kaye. Of particular note are White Light and No Other. Sadly, his post-Byrds material, while gaining a cult following (especially among musicians), has yet to capture the public's ear. I feel that one well-placed Gene Clark song in a film or TV show could change all that.
Sierra Records is releasing a highly anticipated Gene Clark rarities collection today.
Some info about the release from Sierra:
GENE CLARK-THE LOST STUDIO SESSIONS 1964-1982
These Jim Dickson-produced tracks reveal a sensitive acoustic balladeer honing his songwriting craft. Already apparent are the unexpected chord changes, soaring tenor and preoccupation with heartache that would characterize his later, more well-known work, both with The Byrds and as a solo artist.
Back Street Mirror/Don't Let It Fall Through
On the verge of being dropped by Columbia following disappointing performance of his debut album, Gene Clark With The Gosdin Brothers, Gene hooked up with South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela to record several songs in the spring of 1967. "Back Street Mirror," released later that fall by actor David Hemmings (produced by Dickson as well) on his Happens LP (using the same backing track), recalls the rich baroque stylings of "Echoes"; while the spirited "Don't Let It Fall Through" shows Gene was no slouch singing swinging, R&B-based rock.
Back To The Earth Again/The Lighthouse/The Awakening Within/Sweet Adrienne/Walking Through This Lifetime/The Sparrow/Only Yesterday's Gone
She Darked The Sun
Here's Gene doing a Gordon classic...
The Gene Clark - Kanye West Connection
The Byrds' Gene Clark Scored This Anti-Marijuana "Educational" Clip Starring Sonny Bono (1968)
Why Didn't Gene Clark's Solo Career Take Off?
The Byrds 1973 Reunion Flop: What Happened?
Byrds Gene Clark & Roger McGuinn Live At The Bottom Line, NYC, 10/19/77 - Full Concert
Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group) Tribute To Gene Clark's "Eight Miles High" and Sandy Pearlman