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Gene Clark
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    (November 17, 1944-May 24, 1991)
    Born in Tipton, Missouri
    Birth name was Harold Eugene Clark
    Member of the New Christy Minstrels (1963-64), the Byrds (1964-66), Dillard and Clark (1968-70), and McGuinn, Clark & Hillman (1977-79)
    Recorded the albums 'Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers' (1967), 'White Light' (1971), 'Roadmaster' (1973), 'No Other' (1974), Two Sides to Every Story' (1977), 'Firebyrd' (1984), and 'So Rebellious a Lover' (with Carla Olson, 1987)
    He was the first member of the Byrds to leave the group.
    He quit partly over his fear of flying, partly over the management decision to have Roger McGuinn sing lead on the band's singles.
    He rejoined the Byrds after David Crosby left, then quit again after just three shows following an anxiety attack during a concert in Minneapolis (1967).
    He abused heroin and crack.
    He developed ulcers from years of heavy drinking.
    He was the primary songwriter for the Byrds in their early days, with Chris Hillman saying, 'He had the gift that none of the rest of us had developed yet.'
    'Gene Clark and the Gosdin Brothers' is considered one of the pioneering albums of country rock.
    Teenage Fanclub recorded an eponymous tribute song to him on their album 'Thirteen.' (1993)
    Two of his songs were covered by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss on their Grammy-winning album 'Raising Sand.' (2007)

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