Mark Clarke

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Mark Clarke
Born (1950-07-25) 25 July 1950 (age 64)
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass
Years active 1966 – present
Associated acts Colosseum, Uriah Heep, Tempest, Mountain, Rainbow, Natural Gas, The Monkees, Billy Squier

Mark Clarke (born 25 July 1950, in Liverpool, England) is a British musician, bass player and singer.

After seeing the Beatles and many other bands in Liverpool as a young kid at age of 12, he decided to be a bass player. In 1966 Mark Clarke played with The Kegmen, in 1968 with The Locomotif and late 1968 with St. James Infirmary. Liverpool Echo called him in an article "The Joe Cocker of Liverpool". After a year of local gigs, he moved to London, where he was introduced to Clem Clempson, who played that time in Colosseum.

After some time Mark was asked by Jon Hiseman to join the Colosseum in summer 1970 and played in the band until the split late 1971, and again for 17 years from 1994 to 2011, after the reunion of the band.[1] After Colosseum split in 1971 he was briefly a member of Uriah Heep,[2] performing (and co-writing) on one studio track, "The Wizard", on the 1972 album Demons & Wizards. In the beginning of 1973 he became a member of Jon Hiseman's Tempest[3] and played bass on the two Tempest studio albums with Allan Holdsworth, Ollie Halsall and Paul Williams, and a live album issued later. He also played bass on Ken Hensley's solo albums.

In 1975 he formed Natural Gas with Joey Molland, Jerry Shirley and Peter Wood. He also played in Mountain, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, and in 1980 started working with Billy Squier and recorded Don't Say No, The Stroke, In the Dark and many other albums with him. In 1985 he toured with The Monkees, and until recently still worked with Davy Jones. Clarke has also worked with Mountain,[4] Ian Hunter and Torque, recording albums with all of them.

In 2010 Mark Clarke released his first solo album Moving to the Moon, which was co-produced by Ray DeTone, who also played all guitars on the record.

Discography[edit]

Colosseum

Uriah Heep

Tempest

  • 1973 – Tempest
  • 1974 – Live in London
  • 1974 – Living in Fear

Ken Hensley

  • 1975 – Eager to Please
  • 1980 – Free Spirit

Ian Hunter

Mountain

  • 1985 – Go for Your Life
  • 1996 – Man's World

Solo albums

  • 2010 – Moving to the Moon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "Biography: Colosseum". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography: Uriah Heep". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Biography: Tempest". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Eder, Bruce; Huey, Steve. "Biography: Mountain". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 

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