Jump to content

Dillard & Clark

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dillard & Clark
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
Years active1968 (1968)–1969 (1969)
Past membersGene Clark
Doug Dillard

Dillard & Clark was a country rock collaboration between ex-Byrds member Gene Clark and bluegrass banjo player Doug Dillard.[1]


Their collaboration began in 1968, shortly after Clark departed the Byrds and Dillard left the Dillards.[1] They were considered part of the Southern California country-rock scene in the late 1960s, along with Poco, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Michael Nesmith and the First National Band, Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band, and the latter-day Byrds.[2]

Their first album The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark was released in 1968 on A&M.[3] Recording personnel included Clark (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica), Dillard (banjo, fiddle, guitar), Bernie Leadon (vocals, lead guitar, bass, banjo), David Jackson (bass), Don Beck (mandolin, resonator guitar), with guests Chris Hillman (mandolin), Byron Berline (fiddle), and Andy Belling (harpsichord).[1] Most of the songs were written by Clark, Dillard, and Leadon. Drummer Michael Clarke assisted with a few early live performances.[4]

The album is praised by connoisseurs for its iconic quality and innovative character, at the intersection of country rock and americana.

The duo's only other album, Through the Morning, Through the Night, was released in 1969.[1] Donna Washburn (guitar, vocals) joined the group, and Bernie Leadon departed to co-found the Eagles (in 1971).[1] Further band members were Berline, Jackson, and Jon Corneal (drums). Leadon, Hillman, and Sneaky Pete Kleinow (pedal steel guitar) made guest appearances.

After his work with Dillard, Gene Clark resumed a solo career.[1] Dillard kept performing as Doug Dillard & The Expedition for a short time, but soon pursued his own solo career. Byron Berline went on to form the Country Gazette with guitarist/bassist Roger Bush.



Date of Official Release Title Label Recording Date
October 1968
August 1969



  • 1968: "Train Leaves Here This Mornin'" / "Out On The Side" (A&M)
  • 1969: "Why Not Your Baby" / "The Radio Song" (A&M)
  • 1969: "Don't Be Cruel" / "Lyin' Down The Middle" (A&M)
  • 1970: "Don't Let Me Down" / "Rocky Top" (A&M)
  • 2012: "Why Not Your Baby" / "Lyin' Down The Middle" (A&M / Sundazed)


  • 1970: Grass Roots (A&M) compiles songs by the Flying Burrito Brothers and Dillard & Clark
  • 1973: Kansas City Southern (A&M) Netherlands release
  • 1975: G & D (A&M) Netherlands release
  • 1989: The Fantastic Expedition Of Dillard & Clark & Through The Morning Through The Night (A&M) compilation of both albums


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. pp. 374/5. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  2. ^ Roberts, Randall (May 18, 2012). "Dillard & Clark: Celebrating an unsung L.A. country rock classic". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  3. ^ Curtis, Jill (June 11, 1969). "The Fantastic Expedition Of Dillard and Clark". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  4. ^ staff writer (November 30, 2007). "The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark". The Rising Storm. Retrieved June 30, 2017.

External links[edit]