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Encyclopedia > Michael Clarke (musician)
Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke, circa 1966
Born June 3, 1933
Spokane, Washington, U.S.A.
Died December 19, 1993
Treasure Island, Florida, U.S.A.

Michael Clarke (born Michael James Dick) (June 3, 1933December 19, 1993), was an American musician, best known as the drummer for the 1960s rock music group The Byrds from 1964 to 1968. He died in 1993, at age 47, from liver failure due to more than three decades of heavy alcohol consumption. Image File history File links Michaelclarke. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... June 3 is the 154th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (155th in leap years), with 211 days remaining. ... Year 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Nickname: The Lilac City Location of Spokane in Spokane County and Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County Spokane Mayor Dennis P. Hession Area    - City 151. ... Official language(s) None Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,824 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... December 19 is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Treasure Island is a city located in Pinellas County, Florida. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... June 3 is the 154th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (155th in leap years), with 211 days remaining. ... Year 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... December 19 is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... A drummer at practice A drummer is a musician who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1964) were an American rock band. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Liver failure is the final stage of liver disease. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ...


Biography

Clarke was born Michael James Dick on June 3, 1946 in Spokane, Washington. His father was an artist and his mother was the musician. Clarke ran away from home when he was 17 years old and hitchiked to California to become a musician. June 3 is the 154th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (155th in leap years), with 211 days remaining. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Nickname: The Lilac City Location of Spokane in Spokane County and Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County Spokane Mayor Dennis P. Hession Area    - City 151. ... Official language(s) None Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,824 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...


In legend, Clarke was said to have been discovered while playing bongos on the beach by Byrds founder David Crosby, but in fact he was discovered by singer-songwriter, Ivan Ulz and not "on the beach," but in San Francisco's North Beach of Beat Generation fame. Clarke was not accomplished as a musician prior to joining the Byrds. He was hired more for his resemblance to Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones than his percussion skills. Clarke's best work appears on raga rock classics "Eight Miles High" and "I See You" from The Byrds' Fifth Dimension album. For other articles titled Bongo refer to the disambiguation page. ... The Beach in Calella, Spain. ... Image:Http://www. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones (28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969) was a founding member, lead and rhythm guitarist and backing singer in the English rock group, The Rolling Stones. ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ... Raga rock is a generic term used to describe rock and roll records with heavy South Asian influence, either in construction or use of instrumentation, such as sitar and tabla. ... Eight Miles High is a song by Gene Clark, Jim McGuinn, and David Crosby, first appearing as a single from 1966 by the rock band The Byrds. ... Fifth Dimension is the third album by The Byrds, released in the summer of 1966. ...


During The Notorious Byrd Brothers recording sessions, he was fired and replaced by session drummer Jim Gordon (the compact disc version of that album contains sarcastic and bitter repartee between a petulant Clarke and bandmates Crosby and Chris Hillman over his perceived lack of effort and skill). However, Clarke landed on his feet, and after a short stint in Hawaii as a painter, he followed Hillman to the Flying Burrito Brothers, later working with Firefall and Jerry Jeff Walker. Clarke lost a certain amount of goodwill among longtime Byrds fans when he joined original Byrds singer Gene Clark for a series of shows billed "A 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Byrds." Many clubs simply shortened the billing to "the Byrds," and the pair soon found themselves involved in acrimonious court battles with Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, and Chris Hillman over usage of the group's name. The Byrds set aside their differences long enough to appear together at their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in January of 1991, where the original lineup played a few songs together. Clarke continued to tour with a group called "Byrds Celebration," but his health declined as his drinking accelerated. After a number of hospital stays, he died of liver failure at the age of 47 on December 19, 1993, at his Treasure Island, Florida home. The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject to understand later content. ... James Beck Gordon (born 1945), known as Jim Gordon, is an American-born musician active during the 1960s and 1970s. ... Chris Hillman on the cover of his album The Other Side (2005) Chris Hillman (born Christopher Hillman December 4, 1944, in Los Angeles, California), was one of the original members of The Byrds (1965) with Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, and Michael Clarke. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Painting by Rembrandt self-portrait Detail from Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez, in which the painter portrayed himself at work For the computer graphics program, see Corel Painter. ... The Flying Burrito Brothers were an early country rock band, best known for their massively influential debut album, 1969s The Gilded Palace of Sin. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Jerry Jeff Walker, 2002 Jerry Jeff Walker (born March 16, 1942) is a country music singer. ... Harold Eugene Clark (born Tipton, Missouri, November 17, 1944 - died May 24, 1991) was an American singer-songwriter, and one of the founding members of the folk-rock group The Byrds. ... James Roger McGuinn (born July 13, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter, who was born as James Joseph McGuinn III in Chicago, Illinois. ... Image:Http://www. ... Chris Hillman on the cover of his album The Other Side (2005) Chris Hillman (born Christopher Hillman December 4, 1944, in Los Angeles, California), was one of the original members of The Byrds (1965) with Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, and Michael Clarke. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, showing Lake Erie in the background The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a museum in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, dedicated, as the name suggests, to recording the history of some of the best-known and most influential rock and... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A physician visiting the sick in a hospital. ... December 19 is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Treasure Island is a city located in Pinellas County, Florida. ...


In 1994, just a year after his death, Michael's paintings were published in Dick Gautier and Jim McMullan's book, Musicians As Artists. 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ...


During his final days, Clarke had expressed a wish to appear on television in the hope of alerting children to the dangers of alcoholism. Following his wishes, Clarke's girlfriend Susan Paul started a foundation in Clarke's name, called the Campaign for Alcohol-free Kids. Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ...


External links

The Byrds
Roger McGuinn | Chris Hillman | David Crosby | Gene Clark | Michael Clarke
Gram Parsons | Kevin Kelley | Clarence White | Gene Parsons | John York | Skip Battin
Discography
Studio albums: Mr. Tambourine Man | Turn! Turn! Turn! | Fifth Dimension | Younger Than Yesterday | The Notorious Byrd Brothers | Sweetheart of the Rodeo | Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde | Ballad of Easy Rider | (Untitled) | Byrdmaniax | Farther Along | Byrds
Live albums: Live at the Fillmore - February 1969
Compilations: The Byrds' Greatest Hits | The Best of The Byrds: Greatest Hits, Volume II | The Byrds Play Dylan | The Essential Byrds
Box Sets: The Byrds

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