|Birth name||Michael James Dick|
|Born||June 3, 1946|
|Origin||San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.|
|Died||December 19, 1993 (aged 47)|
Treasure Island, Florida
|Genre(s)||Folk rock, Psychedelic rock|
|Associated acts||The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers|
Michael Clarke (born Michael James Dick) (June 3, 1946 – December 19, 1993), was an American musician, best known as the drummer for the 1960s rock music group The Byrds from 1964 to 1968. Events 350 - Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, proclaims himself Roman Emperor, entering Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Washington ( is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Events 324 - Licinius abdicates his position as Roman Emperor. Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) Treasure Island is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, in the United States. Florida ( is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States, bordering Alabama to the northwest and Georgia to the A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Folk rock is a musical genre combining elements of Folk music and rock music. Psychedelic rock is a style of Rock music that attempts to replicate the mind-altering experiences of hallucinogenic drugs. A musician is a person who plays or writes Music. Musicians can be classified by their roles in creating or performing music An instrumentalist plays a A songwriter is someone who writes the Lyrics to songs the Musical composition (chords or Melody to songs or both A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making Music. A drum kit (also drum set or trap set) is a collection of Drums Cymbals and sometimes other Percussion instruments such as cowbells The Byrds were a popular American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964 The Flying Burrito Brothers was an early Country rock band best known for its influential debut album 1969's The Gilded Palace of Sin. Events 350 - Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, proclaims himself Roman Emperor, entering Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 324 - Licinius abdicates his position as Roman Emperor. Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A drummer is a Musician who plays a Drum or drums particularly a Drum kit ("drum set" or "trap set" Marching percussion The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969 Rock and roll (also known as rock 'n' roll) is a form of Music that evolved in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s with roots in mostly African The Byrds were a popular American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964 Year 1964 ( MCMLXIV) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the 1964 Gregorian calendar. Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. He died in 1993, at age 47, from liver failure thought to be a result of more than three decades of heavy alcohol consumption. Liver failure is the inability of the Liver to perform its normal synthetic and metabolic function as part of normal physiology Alcoholism is a term with multiple and sometimes conflicting definitions
Clarke was born Michael James Dick in Spokane, Washington. Washington ( is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. His father was an artist and his mother was a musician. Clarke ran away from home when he was 17 years old and hitchiked to California to become a musician. California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean.
In legend, Clarke was said to have been discovered by Byrds founder David Crosby while playing bongos on the beach, but in fact he was discovered by singer-songwriter Ivan Ulz. David Van Cortlandt Crosby (born August 14, 1941) is an American Guitarist, Singer, and Songwriter. Ivan Ulz (born May 4, 1944 in Los Angeles, California) is an American Songwriter. And, he was not discovered on the beach per se, but in San Francisco's North Beach. Clarke was not an accomplished musician prior to joining the Byrds. He was reportedly hired more for his resemblance to Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones than his percussion skills. Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones (28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969 was a founding member and Guitarist of the English Rock group The Rolling Stones.
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). The Notorious Byrd Brothers is the fifth Rock music album by The Byrds, released in 1968 on Columbia Records, catalogue item CL 2775 in Jim Gordon (born James Beck Gordon 1945 Los Angeles, California) is an American recording artist musician and songwriter Chris Hillman (born Christopher Hillman December 4 1944, Los Angeles, California) was one of the original members of The Byrds 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. The State of Hawaii ( or həˈwaɪʔiː Hawaiian: Mokuāina o Hawaii) is a state in the United States located on an Archipelago in the Painting (pān'tīng in Art, is the practice of applying Color to a Surface (support base such as e The Flying Burrito Brothers was an early Country rock band best known for its influential debut album 1969's The Gilded Palace of Sin. Firefall was a rock band that formed in Boulder Colorado in 1974 Jerry Jeff Walker (born March 16, 1942) is a Country music singer 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. Gene Clark, born Harold Eugene Clark (born Tipton Missouri, November 17, 1944 - May 24, 1991) was an American " 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. James Roger McGuinn (known professionally as Roger McGuinn, previously as Jim McGuinn, and born James Joseph McGuinn III on July 13, David Van Cortlandt Crosby (born August 14, 1941) is an American Guitarist, Singer, and Songwriter. Chris Hillman (born Christopher Hillman December 4 1944, Los Angeles, California) was one of the original members of The Byrds 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. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a Museum located on the shores of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland Ohio, United States 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 at his Treasure Island, Florida home. A hospital is an institution for Health care providing treatment by specialised staff and equipment and often but not always providing for Treasure Island is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, in the United States.
In 1994, just a year after his death, Michael's paintings were published in Dick Gautier and Jim McMullan's book, Musicians As Artists.
During his final days, Clarke had expressed a wish to appear on television in the hope of alerting children to the dangers of alcoholism. Television ( TV) is a widely used Telecommunication medium for sending ( Broadcasting) and receiving moving Images, either monochromatic Alcoholism is a term with multiple and sometimes conflicting definitions Following his wishes, Clarke's girlfriend Susan Paul started a foundation in Clarke's name, called the Campaign for Alcohol-free Kids.