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introduction to the #1 records on the cash box pop chart of the ’60s

ON JANUARY 1, 2109, I launched a new pub­li­ca­tion on Medium, the largest and most-read blog­ging plat­form in the world. The pub­li­ca­tion is called Tell It Like It Was and is a joint ef­fort by my­self along with John Ross and Lew Shiner. It covers rock & roll and re­lated pop music from 1955 through 1975, fo­cused on the ’60s. [Continue reading]

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why the hell isn’t gene clark in the hall of fame? (gene clark part 4)

ONCE UPON A TIME, it looked like the Byrds had a long, suc­cessful, pro­duc­tive ca­reer in front of them. In 1965, they had two #1 hits, Mr. Tam­bourine Man and Turn! Turn! Turn!, that ef­fec­tively de­fined the re­cently coined term folk-rock. Their two al­bums were piv­otal in the tran­si­tion of rock mu­si­cians from being pri­marily singles-oriented to being pri­marily album-oriented. [Continue reading]

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reissues of “gene clark with the gosdin brothers” (gene clark part 3)

IN JULY 1966, COLUMBIA RECORDS an­nounced that Gene Clark had left the Byrds. A month later, Clark was in the studio recording as a newly signed Co­lumbia solo artist. In No­vember 1966, his first single, Echoes, was is­sued with great fan­fare and con­sid­er­able ex­pense. Nonethe­less, it bombed. In Feb­ruary 1967, his album was is­sued with con­sid­er­ably less en­thu­siasm from and a no­tice­ably smaller pro­mo­tion cam­paign by Co­lumbia. [Continue reading]

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when was “gene clark with the gosdin brothers” released? (gene clark part 2)

GENE CLARK’S FIRST SOLO ALBUM came al­most a year after his final record with the Byrds. For a long time, Gene Clark With The Gosdin Brothers was con­sid­ered rather light­weight, es­pe­cially from the man who wrote songs like She Don’t Care About Time, Set You Free This Time, and Eight Miles High while a Byrd. [Continue reading]

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the echoes in your head continue showing (gene clark part 1)

THE BYRDS’ FLIGHT TO ENGLAND in Au­gust 1965 began a dis­as­trous tour for the group. For­tu­nately, it wasn’t an en­tirely wasted trip, as it in­spired Gene Clark to pen some psychedelically-enhanced po­etry. Set to a loose melody strummed on an acoustic guitar, this be­came the basis for Eight Miles High. [Continue reading]