Michael Clarke Biography

Nadine Caridi

The famous American musician Michael Clarke was a drummer of most popular rock band the Byrds. Clarke born name was Michael James Dick. He was born on June 3, 1946 at Spokane, Washington, America. Talking about Clarke family his father was an artist and his mother was a musician.

Michael Clarke’s birth sign was Gemini. His lucky color was Red and Scarlet. He consist of both positive and negative character t where Spontaneity, Brazenness, Action orientation and openness are positive character and  Impatience, Selfishness, Foolhardiness, and Jealously are the negative character

 At the age of 17 he ran from home to California for hopping to become a musician. He used to play congas in coffeehouse in San Francisco bay area. In that coffeehouse he met Jim McGuinn through the help of Mr. McGuinn he met David Crosby. This meeting with Crosby makes Clarke career as a drummer was started. IVan Ulz (singer- songwriter) introduced Clarke to the other group members.

In 1964 Clarke joined Crosby with other four members of the Byrds. At that time he had never played drums. When he joined the Byrds there were no drum set he used to practice on a makeshift kit of cardboard boxes and a tambourine. At that time he had little experience about those modern electronic rock music. His other four music partner has good deal of those modern electronic rock music.

On the Fifth Dimension album “Eight Miles High” Clarke’s  strength is consider as a drummer by his Jazz oriented playing on the Byrds. Clarke had not good songwriting skill although he helped to his band and entitle co-writing credits for songs “Captain Soul” and “Artificial Energy”. In another two traditional songs named “Wild Mountain Thyme” and “John Riley” he had also contribute as co-writer but the credit of songs writer was given to Bob Gibson and song writer Ricky Neff. In August 1967 Clarke left the Byrds due to the dissatisfaction with his work in his rock band. After Clarke walked out the brand temporarily appointed by sessions drummers Jim Gordon and Hal Blaine. Clarke participate in concert and handful shows in last August and September.

In December 1967 he contribute drums to the song “Artificial Energy”. He was fired from the brand by McGuinn and bass player Chris Hillman when he completed The Notorious Byrd Brothers album. Later he joined The flying Burrito Brothers band at Altamont Free Concert, in 1969. In 1982 he became the member of Firefall and joined as a drummer for Jerry Jeff Walker. In 1983 he had joined the former Byrds singer Gene Clark and both of them promote the solo album of firebyrd. He left the Firebyrds in 1985. Clarke rejoined the Byrds after long times. He involved in the songs named”Mr. Tambourine Man”, “Turn! Turn! Turn! and “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better”.


  0n December 19, 1993 Clarke was died at the age of 47 in his Treasure Island, Florida due the liver fail. He used to drink a lot in his life time. His final wish was he want to come in television to provide the information about the harm of alcohol for children. That final wish was fulfilled by this girlfriend by establishing a foundation in Clarke’s name. 

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