Business Card In July 1968 The Byrds played a charity gig at the "Royal Albert Hall" in London and were due to start a tour of South Africa the next day, however on the morning of departure Gram Parsons told McGuinn he wouldn't tour and immediately left the band.

The Byrds

Clarence, Chris, Roger & Kevin

The tour proved to be an artistic and financial disaster and on their return to the US with some shows already booked, Clarence White accepted an invitation from Chris Hillman to join the band full-time as replacement for Gram Parsons. White's playing changed the Byrds.

In late 1968 Clarence was in a studio in Hollywood. John York - still worked as a studio musician - remembers: "I remember doing some sessions with Clarence White, Gene Parsons and Gib Guilbeau in a studio in Hollywood in late 1968. On the northside of a group of offices called "Crossroads Of The World" on Sunset Boulevard. The song that sticks in my mind was called "Louisiana Woman". There were others that I don't recall at the moment."

The Byrds

Clarence, John, Gene & Roger

The song "Louisiana Woman" with Clarence, Gib, Gene and John York was released on CD by "Big Beat" label on "Guilbeau & Parsons: Louisiana Rain".

In the space of the next couple of months The Byrds saw various changes. Firstly Kevin Kelley was fired and replaced on drums by Gene Parsons and by late September Chris Hillman had also left to form the Flying Burrito Brothers with Gram Parsons and John York took over on bass.

The Byrds - PLAYBOY

Clarence, Gene & Roger

One of the first public performances (or THE first!) with this line-up was at "Hugh Hefner's" Playboy After Dark TV-show. The show was taped on September 28, 1968. The Byrds performed "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" and "This Wheel's On Fire".

In early October the new four man line-up of the Byrds were back in Columbia Studios in Hollywood recording a new album, "Dr. Byrds and Mr. Hyde",which was completed with further sessions during October and December. Vocally this album was all McGuinn although Clarence and Gene did get the chance to record another version of "Nashville West" from their Bakersfield International days. Clarence and Gene also included the Gib Guilbeau song "Your Gentle Way Of Loving Me". Gene Parsons recorded that song 1967 together with Gib Guilbeau as "Cajun Gib & Gene" for Gary Paxton's "Bakersfield International" label.

This is the first album Clarence played the "Parsons-White String Bender"! Visit Clarence White's gear list!
The album was released on February 3, 1969.

THE BYRDS - album Dr. Byrds
- THE BYRDS: Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde (Columbia 9755)
Produced by Bob Johnston.
With Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, Gene Parsons & John York.

Side A: This Wheel's On Fire / Old Blue / Your Gentle Way Of Loving Me / Child Of The Universe / Nashville West
Side B: Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man / King Apathy III / Candy / Bad Night At The Whiskey
Medley - My Back Pages - B.J. Blues - Baby What You Want Me To Do

Bonus tracks on CD re-release (Columbia/Legacy 486753 2)
Stanley's Song / Lay Lady Lay / This Wheel's On Fire / Medley - My Back Pages - B.J. Blues - Baby What You Want Me To Do
Nashville West

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A list of Byrds shows 1968 can be found on Raoul's great Byrds Flyght web-page.


The Everly Brothers released a single on "Warner Brothers" (WB 7290) 1969 which was produced by Lenny Waronker and has Clarence White and Gene Parsons playing all instruments. "I'm on my way home again / Cuckoo bird". This single was also released on the Sierra Records sampler "Silver Meteor".

The Byrds were now an excellent touring unit and their shows at the Fillmore West in San Francisco on February 7 & 8th 1969 were recorded but remained in Columbia's vaults until 2000 when an album from the shows was released as the final part of the Legacy CD reissue project.

Life At The Fillmore THE BYRDS - live CD
- THE BYRDS: Live At The Fillmore - February 1969 (Columbia/Legacy 65910)
Produced by Bob Irwin and Roger McGuinn.
With Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, Gene Parsons & John York.

Nashville West / You're Still On My Mind / Pretty Boy Floyd / Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man
Medley - Turn! Turn! Turn! - Mr. Tambourine Man - Eight Miles High / Close Up The Honky Tonks / Buckaroo
The Christian Life / Time Between / King Apathy III / Bad Night At The Whiskey / This Wheel's On Fire / Sing Me Back Home
So You Want To Be A Rock'n'Roll Star / He Was A Friend Of Mine / Chimes Of Freedom

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The Byrds

Gene, Clarence, Roger & John

Continuing the routine of touring and recording they were back in the studios in March 1969 starting work on the next album, "The Ballad Of Easy Rider". The first song recorded at the sessions in March was the Bob Dylan song "Lay Lady Lay" which was overdubbed with a female chorus by producer Bob Johnston without the band's knowledge and was issued as a single in May. The band hated these overdubs and the song was not included on the completed album.

The release of this single resulted in Terry Melcher taking over the producer's chair for the remainder of the album sessions replacing Bob Johnston.
For these sessions there was a distinct lack of original material especially from Roger McGuinn resulting in the other three members not only contributing material but also singing lead vocals. Clarence's first vocal outing for the band, recorded in June, was his arrangement of an old traditional song "Oil In My Lamp".
This album also includes a song back from the "Bakersfield International" years. The Gosdin Brothers composition "There Must Be Someone (I Can Turn To)" was recorded by the Gosdin Brothers in 1966 with Clarence White, Gene Parsons, Gib Guilbeau and Wayne Moore and released as a "Bakersfield International" single.
"Ballad Of Easy Rider" was released on October 29, 1969.

Ballad Of Easy Rider THE BYRDS - album
- THE BYRDS: Ballad Of Easy Rider (Columbia 9942)
Produced by Terry Melcher.
With Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, Gene Parsons & John York.

Side A: Ballad Of Easy Rider / Fido / Oil In My Lamp / Tulsa County / Jack Tarr The Sailor
Side B: Jesus Is Just Alright / It's All Over Now Baby Blue / There Must Be Someone (I Can Turn To) / Gunga Din
Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos) / Armstrong, Aldrin And Collins

Bonus tracksk on CD re-release (Columbia/Legacy 486754 2)
Way Beyond The Sun / Mae Jean Goes To Hollywood / Oil In My Lamp / Tulsa County / Fiddler A Dram (Moog Experiment)
Ballad Of Easy Rider (long version) / Build It Up (instrumental)

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During the summer of 1969 The Flying Burrito Brothers (Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Michael Clarke & Chris Ethridge) were playing at "The Palomino" in Los Angeles.

The Byrds

Clarence, Skip, Roger & Gene

Clarence played with the Burritos nearly every Monday night of that summer - so this wasn't a casual "sit-in" situation. The Burritos played 4 sets starting with "Sing Me Back Home" and Clarence showed up in the middle of this set.
Another guest during one of the Burrito shows with Clarence in June at the Palomino was Jimmie Lee Morris.
Note: Clarence played guitar on Jimmie's single for Lee Hazelwood producions.

Mid 1969 Gib Guilbeau recorded a single in Hollywood - "Home Of The Blues" / "Lodi" - which included the whole ex-Nashville West band (Gib, Clarence, Gene and Wayne) and Red Rhodes & Glen D. Hardin". This single was released on CD by Beau Town Records as Classic Guilbeau - 1968 - 1986.
Note: "Home Of The Blues" has one of the best String Bender intros Clarence ever played!

In late summer of 1969 John York who had become increasingly dissatisfied with his role in the band left The Byrds and the choice of his replacement was basically left to White & Parsons. Their choice was the "veteran" member of the Los Angeles music fraternity Skip Battin.
The band toured extensively for the remainder of 1969 through into 1970 becoming a really tight unit extremely popular on the College circuit on the East Coast of America.

A list of Byrds shows 1969 can be found on Raoul's great Byrds Flyght web-page.


At the end of May and throughout June 1970 The Byrds were back in Columbia's Hollywood Studios to recorded tracks for their next album.
The planned album was to be a two record set with one disc comprising the studio sessions and the second being a live disc taken from recordings of a couple of shows in January 1970 at the Felt Forum & Queen's College in New York.
Clarence recorded two vocal tracks "Truck Stop Girl" & "Take A Whiff" during the studio sessions and both were included on the released album "Untitled". The album was released on September 16, 1970.

Untitled THE BYRDS - album
- THE BYRDS: Untitled (Columbia 30181)
Produced by Terry Melcher and Jim Dickson.
With Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, Gene Parsons & Skip Battin.

Side A (live): Lover Of The Bayou / Positively 4th Street / Nashville West / So You Want To Be A Rock'n'Roll Star
Mr. Tambourine Man / Mr. Spaceman
Side B (live): Eight Miles High
Side C (studio): Chestnut Mare / Truck Stop Girl / All The Things / Yesterday's Train / Hungry Planet
Side D (studio): Just A Season / Take A Whiff On Me / You All Look Alike / Welcome Back Home

Bonus tracks on CD re-release (Columbia/Legacy 65847):
(studio recordings): All The Things / Yesterday's Train / Lover Of The Bayou / Kathleen's song / White's Lightning Pt. 2 / Willin
(live recordings): You Ain't Going Nowhere / Old Blue / It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) / Ballad Of Easy Rider / My Back Pages
Take A Whiff On Me / Jesus Is Just Alright / This Wheel's On Fire

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Note: The Columbia/Legacy BYRDS Box-Set released 1990 contains some live exclusive songs (alternate versions) to the ones released on the individual re-issued Legacy albums. Additional live recordings: Lover Of The Bayou - Willin' - Black Mountain Rag (Soldier's Joy).

Many good quality live recordings from this period are in circulation and all show little variation in the setlists. However one interesting song was performed at some shows late in 1970, this song "Home Sweet Home" was not particularly strong but the lead vocals were sung by Clarence. There is no information to suggest it was ever attempted in the studio.

The "Bath Festival" was particularly interesting because just as The Byrds were to begin their set there was a tremendous thunderstrom which meant the band played an entirely acousitc set as it was far too dangerous to perform with their electric instruments.

Another untypical show was 1970 at the Ash Grove. The Byrds invited Gib Guilbeau on stage to sing his "Take a city bride". Three members of THE REASONS aka NASHVILLE WEST shared the same stage again (Clarence White, Gene Parsons and Gib Guilbeau). Linda Ronstadt was singing "Break my mind" with the Byrds. John Beland was in the audience too. Other guests at this show were: Gram Parsons, John Hammond and Thad Maxwell. Thad Maxwell played bass on the song Linda did "Break my mind".
Thad Maxwell remembers: " It is one of my greatest memories, that night. I was new with Ronstadt - we had played at the "Greek Theater" that night, went to the Ash Grove after. Linda sat in, and asked to have me come up and play the bass for her tunes. So Roger, on the mic, says, "Is Thad Maxwell here?" I probably knocked over a dozen chairs and people in my euphoric haste to get to the stage!"

This show was released on CD many years later as "The Byrds: Ash Grove".

THE BYRDS - CD with guests Ash Grove
- THE BYRDS: Ash Grove (Deep Six 37)
With Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, Gene Parsons & Skip Battin.
Guests: Gib Guilbeau, Gram Parsons, Linda Ronstadt, Thad Maxwell & John Hammond.

Lover Of The Bayou / You Ain't Going Nowhere / Welcome Back Home / Old Blue / My Back Pages / Baby What You Want Me To Do
He Was A Friend Of Mine / Truck Stop Gril / Break My Mind / I'm Movin' On / Take A City Bride / Chestnut Mare / This Wheel's On Fire
It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) / Ballad Of Easy Rider / Jesus Is Just Alright / Turn! Turn! Turn! / Mr. Tambourine Man

Clarence with Scruggs

Earl, Clarence & Randy (Scruggs)

In 1970 Clarence participated in the sessions at A& M" studios for a projected solo album by Gram Parsons being produced by Terry Melcher. The project was finally aborted and the tapes have not been seen or heard since Gram signed them out of the "A& M" offices later in the year.

In the fall of 1970 The Byrds appeared with the Earl Scruggs Revue for an impromptu outdoor session at Doug Underwood's Ranch just outside of Nashville with two songs being released on the Earl Scruggs album "Earl Scruggs Performing With His Family And Friends".

"The Nashville Tennessean" wrote on January 1, 1971: "Gary Scruggs' hair is longer than Randy's, and the hair of most of the members of the Byrds is longer than that of Gary. In keepin with their San Francisco acid rock tradcition, theirs is very long. Wisps of it fall over the rims of their dark glasses.
They got to know Earl Scruggs two years ago, just when country licks, especially on such instruments as the steel guitar, were first becoming a fad for hard rock groups. The Byrds were one of the first on the San Francisco scene to incorporate a country steel into their music and to turn toward, if not to, a country sound.
"Gary knew one of them", Randy said. "We went to a session of theirs here, and they were interested in Daddy's music, and so we invited them out to the house. WE all just sat around and played".
Which is waht they do in the film by PBS' NET division. In a backyard in Nashville, with the Scruggses, they sit around and play.

The performance was also filmed and aired on TV in January 1971 and released on video as "Scruggs - A Festival Of Music" and many years later on DVD as "The Complete Earl Scruggs Story".

Earl Scruggs album


EARL SCRUGGS - album with THE BYRDS Earl Scruggs video


- EARL SCRUGGS: Performing With His Family And Friends (Columbia 30584)
Produced by Neil Wilburn
With Earl Scruggs, Clarence White, Roger McGuinn, Gene Parsons, Skip Battin, Gary Scruggs, Randy Scruggs
Doc Watson, Joan Baez, Gil Trythal, Morris Brothers, Merle Watson, Steve Scruggs.

Tracks with The Byrds:
You Ain't Going Nowhere / Nothin' To It

Other tracks:
Nine Pound Hammer / Loensome Ruben / My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains / Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word
The Last Thing On My Mind / Streamlined Cannonball / Nashville Skyline Rag / Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Salty Dog Blues / On Top Of Old Smokey / Black Mountain Rag / Foyy Mountain Breakdown

2006 Sierra Records released the Clarence White CD "Flatpick" with recordings from 1964 and additional a limited 1000 piece double CD "Collectors Edition" of the "Flatpick" CD with recordings from 1970.

The additional second disc, which is only available in this special Collector's Edition, begins with the original 1970 tapes recorded in true two channel stereo featuring Clarence on lead guitar and Roger Bush on rhythm guitar. This is followed by three examples of Clarence's guitar instruction tape that he made for his guitar students. Yes, Clarence did give guitar lessons back in the early 60s. You hear Clarence play a flatpick tune, slowed down, as he picks it note for note then the same tune at "normal" speed. This special limited, second disc closes with instrumental recordings made in Spring of 1973, with the last track being a special surprise giving the listener a glimpse of what is in the works for the future! It's the song "Lost highway" from the studio album recording session March 1973!!!!

- CLARENCE WHTIE: Flatpick (Sierra Records 6026)
With Clarence White and Roger Bush

Kickin' mule / Sheik of Araby / Soldier's joy & Black mountain blues (rag) / Way downtown
Crawdad song / New river train / Julius Finkbine's rag / Billy in the lowground / Fire on the mountain

Bonus tracks:
Sally Goodnin' / Black mountain rag / Farewell blues (guitar instruction tape)
Moonlight waltz / Old Joe Clark (Live spring 1973)
Album recording session March 1973: Lost highway

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KC reunion

Private reunion
LeRoy, Roger, Clarence, Billy Ray & Roland

In addition to touring the US the Byrds were regular visitors to Europe where they were very popular especially in England and Holland. They appeared at several of the festival such as Bath & Kralingen, held in 1970/71.

A list of Byrds shows 1970 can be found on Raoul's great Byrds Flyght web-page.


In January 1971 THE KENTUCKY COLONELS aka COUNTRY BOYS from the early 60s (Clarence & Roland White, Roger Bush, Billy Ray Lathum and LeRoy Mack) reunited (with Byron Berline on fiddle) for a private session at Clarence's house in Topanga Canyon.
LeRoy Mack remembers: "It was the first time together in six years and the last.".

The Byrds recorded again, in January 1971, for their next album "Byrdmaniax".
Clarence major contributions were a couple of vocals outings "Jamaica Say You Will" & "My Destiny" as well as "Green Apple Quickstep", a bluegrass instrumental written with Gene Parsons.
Clarence sings another song on one of the bonus tracks of the Columbia/Legacy CD release. It's Gene Clark's "Think I'm Gonna Feel Better" which appeared on Clark's 1966 solo album "Gene Clark With The Gosdin Brothers". Clarence was appeared as a session musician on that album and recorded it late 1970 with the Byrds. (Does NOT appear on the original album!)

The original Byrdmaniax album was released on June 23, 1971.

THE BYRDS - album Byrdmaniax
- THE BYRDS: Byrdmaniax (Columbia 30640)
Produced by Terry Melcher and Chris Henishaw.
With Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, Gene Parsons & Skip Battin.
Guests: Jimmie Seiter, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Byron Berline, Larry Knechtel & Terry Melcher.

Side A: Glory, Glory / Pale Blue / I Trust / Tunnel Of Love / Citizen Kane
Side B: I Wanna Grow Up To Be A Politician / Absolute Happiness / Green Apple Quick Step / My Destiny
Kathleen's Song / Jamaica Say You Will

Bonus tracks on CD re-release (Columbia/Legacy 65848):
Just Like A Woman / Pale Blue / Think I'm Gonna Feel Better
and the hidden track a rehearsal version of "Green Apple Quickstep"

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The Byrds acoustic

Clarence, Gene, Roger & Skip

In July 1971 The Byrds were touring in the UK again and at the end of the tour booked studio time at Columbia's London Studios at Bond Street to record a follow­up to Byrdmaniax.

The band weren't happy with with Byrdmaniax and Terry Melcher's overdubbing and production work and decided to record this next album quickly with minimum overdubbing and so over the space of six days they had eleven songs recorded.
The resultant album "Father Along" had two vocals by Clarence "Farther Along" and what is generally acknowledged his best recording for the Byrds, the Larry Murray song, "Bugler".
Clarence later admitted he purposely "messed up" his vocal take on "Bugler" in London so he could really nail a good vocal on the band's return to Los Angeles.

In August 1971 Clarence played with Byron Berline, Herb Pedersen, Roger Bush, John Hickman etc... a kind of pre-Country Gazette show at the "Ash Grove".

The Farther Along album was released on November 17, 1971.

THE BYRDS - album Farther Along
- THE BYRDS: Farther Along (Columbia 65849)
Produced by The Byrds.
With Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, Gene Parsons & Skip Battin.

Side A: Tiffany Queen / Get Down You Line / Farther Along / B.B. Class Road / Bugler
Side B: America's Great National Pastime / Antique Sandy / Precious Kate / So Fine / Lazy Waters / Bristol Steam Convention Blues

Bonus tracks on CD re-release (Columbia/Legacy 65849):
Roger McGuinn: Lost My Drivin' Wheel / Born To Rock And Roll / Bag Full Of Money

And a hidden track by the Byrds (at the end of "Bag Full Of Money")
an alternate take of "Bristol Steam Convention Blues"

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A list of Byrds shows 1971 can be found on Raoul's great Byrds Flyght web-page.



"Longest lived line-up"
Roger - Gene
Clarence - Skip

1972 Byron Berline invited a few friends for a private recording session at his studio. Part of that session were Clarence White, Roland White, Skip Conover, Roger Bush, Alan Munde, John Hickman and special guest appearances from Don Parmley singing lead vocals on one song and Vern Gosdin singing "Rollin' My Sweet Baby's Arms" and "I'll Fly Away".

White feat. father Eric

Smoke Dawson (?), Roland, Pat Cloud
Eric White, Sr. & Clarence

Also in 1972 The Kentucky Colonels did a kind of reunion jam at the "Ash Grove". The stage shared the White Brothers (Clarence, Roland & Eric), their father Eric White, Sr., LeRoy Mack, Pat Cloud and (needs confirmation) George "Smoke" Dawson.

After the release of the "Farther Along" album The Byrds continued the hectic schedule of touring through 1972 until the summer when Gene Parsons was fired from the band and was replaced by top L.A. session drummer John Guerin.
This was the end of the longest lived line-up of THE BYRDS.
The new line-up began performing at the end of September 1972.


This line-up did not make any studio recordings and the only officially released material are two songs recorded at an indoor concert 20-21 January 1973 which were finally released on the "Banjoman" soundtrack album five years later in 1977.

In the liner-notes to the album is written: "Banjoman is the film based on the concert conceived and staged by Steve Hermes to honor his musical idol, Earl Scruggs. Long time frineds of Earl's like Johan Baez, Doc Watson and Jack Elliott were invited to join him that evening. On the snowy day of the concert, musicians from Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and Colorado boarded planes and flew to the small university town of Manhatten, Kansas, located a few miles from the geographical center of the United States. Eight acts, each linked in some way to Earl Scruggs, performed before and audience of 10,000. The concert began at seven o'clock in the evening and ended with Earl rolling through the final notes of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" at seven o'clock the following morning.
The film forms a portrait of a night's performance in each musician's creative life and reveals their deep musical and personal relationships with Earl. These were the real forces that made the concert more than just an eight-act bill.
Guitarist Clarence White performed with The Byrds that evening. Six month later he was killed in a senseless car accident. This album, like several others, is dedicated to the remembrance of his music.

Banjoman BANJOMAN - Soundtrack album feat. THE BYRDS
- BANJOMAN: The Original Soundtrack (Sire 7527)
Produced by Richard G. Abramson & Michael C. Varhol.
With Earl Scruggs Revue, The Byrds (Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, Skip Battin & John Guerin)
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Joan Baez, Doc & Merle Watson, Ramblin' Jack Elliott.

Tracks performed by The Byrds (Roger, Clarence, Skip & John Guerin):
Roll Over Beethoven / Mr. Tambourine Man

Other tracks:
Lonesome Ruben / Battle Of New Orleans / You Ain't Going Nowhere / Freight Trian Boogie / T For Texas
Me And Bobby McGee / Black Mountain Rag / The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down / Diggy Liggy Lo / Blowin' In The Wind
Foggy Mountain Breakdown / Billy Fehr

A list of Byrds shows 1972 can be found on Raoul's great Byrds Flyght web-page.

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