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"I met Clarence White many years ago (1960's). 
Later,  we all got together again through Gary Paxton
and became a recording band for Gary and recorded
with various people for 2 or 3 years. 

We became very good friends.
From there Clarence, Gene Parsons, Wayne Moore and myself
started a group called Nashville West
and recorded one Album. 
From that point on, every record I made,
I always used Clarence on lead guitar. 
We remained close friends  until he died.

I will always miss him."

--- GIB GUILBEAU (February 2005) ---

"Clarence and I lived within walking distance of each other
during the "Nashville West" days in Palmdale California.

Between playing six nights a week in the clubs,
recording at Gary Paxtons studio,
or dropping in on each other for get togethers,
we were like family.

On stage Clarence was shy, hardly ever spoke and almost never smiled.
In reality he was a very funny guy, a real prankster always pulling jokes on someone.
Most of all he was a great person to be around and an exceptionally talented,
very creative, one of a kind guitar player with his own unique style.
He lives on in history as one of the greatest.

He will always be missed."

--- WAYNE MOORE (March 2005) ---

"Along with being a friend, practical joker, and outstanding guitar player,
Clarence was like a security blanket when you were on stage with him.
It didn't matter what the request was or where the crowd or music took you,
Clarence was solid as a rock when he took off on an intro or solo ride.
On stage or in the studio, he would always come up with an original lick
that you'd never heard before and really fit where you were trying to go.

I feel very blessed to have witnessed such a talent in my lifetime."

--- BRUCE OAKES (March 2005) ---

"I think that opening a web site for Clarence is a good idea.

I have always appreciated Europeans interest in American music and musicians.
Us Americans just take it for granted and don't do much about it sometimes. 

Clarence was a close friend and I still miss him after all these years since his death.
He was a great innovator of the guitar rhythmically and technically.
I jokingly used to tell him that I made him famous
by letting him play on my tune "Huckleberry Hornpipe". 

Clarence was the best. "

--- BYRON BERLINE (February 2005) ---

"It's hard to say something great about Clarence that hasn't been said before.
We all know him for the guitar genious he became,
but I remember him more for the great person he was.

Clarence was a warm, funny guy to be around,
and never thought twice about helping anyone who was his friend.
For a guy with such a monster reputation as one of the greatest guitarists of all time,
Clarence was a humble individual who never paraded his legendary status around
like some of his contemporaries did.

I miss hanging around with him,
and still look back upon those early days in Los Angeles
with much warmth and fondness.

Clarence White was a huge influence on me as a player,
but moreso as a person.
He was truly one of a kind."

--- JOHN BELAND (March 2005) ---

"Clarence was a great musician, singer, and guitar player.
For a banjo player, Clarence had a way of making everything I played make sense.
He put the music in the most correct context, both rhythmical and harmonically,
for the banjo to be all that it can be.
He had an uncanny understanding and intuition for the proper feel of the music.
Listen to his accompaniment to "Blackberry Blossom" on the Live in Sweden recording.
His playing raises everyones solos to a new level of importance
and propels the music to places it could not have gotten otherwise."

--- ALAN MUNDE (February 2005) ---

"Your documentation is excellent!
Great job!
Very impressive!
Clarence would be pleased!"

--- JOHN DELGATTO (April 2005) ---

"I just visited your Clarence White website,
and must say you've done a fantastic job here
- but if anyone could do it, you could.

I never had the opportunity to personally meet or get to know Clarence.
Thanks to his (and my) wonderful friends like Chris Hillman, John York,
Herb Pedersen, Larry Murray and John Beland, 
I have learned not only what a wonderful musician he was
- but a great personality and one of the pioneers along with
Chris, Gram, Larry Murray, Gene Clark, and Rick Nelson
in creating that wonderful California Country Rock sound."

--- ALAN ROCKMAN (May 2005) ---

"Clarence was one of my main influences
on electric guitar, and on acoustic as well.
He had a sense of timing that can't really be described,
he also used a lot of open strings
while he played up in higher positions,
which was sort of a new concept to me.

I used a B-Bender pullstring after Clarence and Gene Parsons invented it,
but never as well as the master did.
And his bluegrass acoustic playing was the basis
for all the newgrass Tony Rice type players out there now.

I miss him a lot."

--- BERNIE LEADON (May 2005) ---

"Clarence did for the acoustic guitar
what Earl Scruggs did for the 5-string banjo.
He brought it into the light showing new rhythm ideas,
but also as a lead instrument"

--- HERB PEDERSEN (May 2005) ---

"The first time I heard any flat top picking was when the Kentucky Colonels
"Appalachian Swing" came out in the early 60's. Naturally It changed my life.
I was playing bluegrass in my home town on the coast of Georgia, still in high school.
I got to meet a dobro player from Georgia around that time that I started hanging out with
for many years, his name is Tut Taylor.
He also done a record album with Clarence and Bill Keith.
Well in Oct. 1966 I went to Nashville TN. with Tut during the DJ Convention
to jam with the many bluegrass pickers that attended.
It so happened that Tut told me to come to his hotel room to meet some one
and it was Clarence White!
We had a jam session and I would give anything if someone had taken
some pictures or recorded, but alas there were none but ...
the memory of that moment was burnt in my mind forever ...
I had jammed with the Clarence White!
I was in awe of his playing as well as his humbleness.
There were a couple of other guys there with him and I'm sorry to say
I don't know who they were.
Since then I have intensely studied Clarence's time line
and what he might have been doing there at that time.
I would truly love to know who those guys with him were?

  I went on to play in Newgrass Revival with Sam Bush in 1971 and in 1973
when we heard that Clarence had been killed, I was devastated and mad.
How could someone like this be taken away from all of us, so young
and that filled our lives with so much wonderful music and joy?
Even now tears fill my eyes as I type.

  I became a Byrds fan back in the 60's only because of Clarence and Chris Hillman.
I hope some day to meet Chris and Herb another one of my heroes.

  I thank  you for this web site and the opportunity to share our friend Clarence."

--- CURTIS BURCH (Jannuary 2008) ---

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