Clarence White: Age 29 | Cause Of Death: CAR CRASH

Byrds/ Kentucky Colonels

(b. 7 June 1944, Lewiston, Maine, d. 14 July 1973, Palmdale, CA)

White started playing acoustic guitar and singing in a bluegrass group with his brothers when only 10 years old, and the group materialized into the Kentucky Colonels in 1961. After leaving the Kentucky Colonels, he switched to electric guitar and became a session musician, playing on albums by Randy Newman and Linda Ronstadt. White joined Nashville West in 1968, and then the Byrds.  The Byrds flew the coop in 1973 and White reformed the Kentucky Colonels to play Los Angeles clubs and also to tour Europe. He worked on albums by Maria Muldaur and Gene Parsons and also began his solo album, although only four tracks were recorded.  He was knocked down and killed by a drunk driver while loading equipment into his car after a show on 14 July 1973.   What there is of his solo album was included on the compilation on Sierra Briar Records, Silver Meteor.