First came The New Christy Minstrels, then later the best-selling trio with David Crosby and Roger McGuinn that was initially known as The Jet Set. As you've probably guessed, this group was soon to become The Byrds. Clark was a driving force behind the project as a songwriter, and was a key figure on their early work, including the magnificent Feel A Whole Lot Better and Here Without You. Allegedly because of his fear of flying, he left the group in 1966. Going solo turned out to be a bad move initially, but he soon found his feet through his work with Doug Dillard. Their recordings paved the road for country rock, and are still enormously influential for everyone in the genre. After briefly rejoining The Byrds following David Crosby’s acrimonious departure, Clark began playing solo again but once more failed to gain commercial acclaim. Still, his group work is among the best music every written.
Followers: Mike Nesmith, Gram Parsons, The Jayhawks, Wilco
Influenced By: Bob Dylan, The Everly Brothers, The Beatles, Hank Williams
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