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March 7, 1923|
Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
|Died||September 20, 2007(aged 84)|
|Occupation(s)||Big band musician|
|Years active||circa 1933–2007|
|Associated acts||Lawrence Welk Orchestra|
Born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia, Clark started out in vaudeville as a child. Later as a teenager, he became a big band musician playing for the Ray McKinley and Will Bradley bands, among others. Relocating to California during World War II, after serving in the armed forces, found employment at Paramount Pictures where he performed music on many movie soundtracks.
He was hired by Welk in 1962 to join his orchestra and his television show. For six years, he played both the clarinet and saxophone for a weekly national television audience and on stage when the Music Makers went out on tour. After leaving the Welk organization, Clark continued to perform on many more movie soundtracks and with numerous artists such as Frank Sinatra and Madonna. He was replaced by reedman Dave Edwards before the new T.V. taping sessions in 1968.
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With Louis Bellson
- Louis Bellson Swings Jule Styne (Verve, 1960)
- Clarinetist for "Members of the Benny Goodman Orchestra" recordings for Crown Records 1960s-late 1970s.
- Stewart, Jocelyn (10 October 2007). "Mahlon Clark, 84; clarinetist played with Welk, Sinatra and Madonna". latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
- Mahlon Clark on allmusic.com
- Mahlon Clark on IMDb
- Chicago Tribune obituary
- Los Angeles Times obituary
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