Gene Clark helped facilitate the inevitable union between American folk and American country. Known primarily for his work with the Byrds, including Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman and Bernie Leadon, and Dillard & Clark, he also produced a significant body of solo work. Over the years he wrote or co-wrote such songs as “Eight Miles High”, “She Don’t Care About Time”, “Set You Free This Time”, “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better”, “The World Turns All Around Her”, “Train Leaves Here This Morning”, “She Darked the Sun”, “Polly”, “Tried So Hard”, “Here Tonight”, “You Showed Me”, “With Tomorrow”, “Because of You”, “Where My Love Lies Asleep”, “For a Spanish Guitar”, “Silver Raven”, “Some Misunderstanding” and “Lady of the North”.
He can be praised, or cursed, for paving the way for the commercial juggernaut they called The Eagles.
Clark died in 1991, due in part to a life of excess, but you can still hear his influence in many of the finest songwriters of our day.