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Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter (1941-2016)

17 May 16 - 10:38 AM (#3790749)
Subject: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter
From: voyager

On the newswire this morning -

Guy Clark ' Iconic Texas Songwriter Dies at 74

Waylon is up there waiting for another Honky Tonk Hero -

Where does it go,the good Lord only knows
It seems like it was just the other day
I was down at Green Gables, hawking them tables
And generally blowing all my hard earned pay
Piano rolled blues,danced holes in my shoes
There weren't another other way to be
For loveable losers, no account boozers
And honky tonk heroes like me


17 May 16 - 10:51 AM (#3790751)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter
From: Wesley S

Yup. Sad News.

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Guy Clark has died.

Clark died Tuesday at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, according to his manager, Keith Case. He was 74 and had been in poor health, although Case didn't give an official cause of death.

A native of Monahans, Texas, Clark was known for such hits as "L.A. Freeway" and "Desperados Waiting for a Train," and his songs were covered by Johnny Cash, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs and many others. In 2014, his "My Favorite Picture of You" won a Grammy for best folk album.

Clark also was a mentor for such future stars as Steve Earle and Rodney Crowell.


17 May 16 - 11:16 AM (#3790759)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter
From: Jeri

Looks like he chased down that train.


17 May 16 - 11:16 AM (#3790760)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter
From: frogprince

Another great one gone. I'd rate him as a lyric poet of the first order.


17 May 16 - 11:40 AM (#3790765)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter
From: GUEST,henryp

Thank you, Guy.

You contributed some of the best.


17 May 16 - 01:11 PM (#3790785)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter
From: GUEST,Larry the Radio Guy

What a huge huge loss! He was still performing and recording as far as I know. I always considered much of his songs to be 'Zen Country'.   Songs like "Stuff that Works", "Desperados Waiting for a Train", The Cape, The Randall Knife, Come From the Heart (actually written by his wife, Susanna, who died four years ago), and so many more!


17 May 16 - 01:34 PM (#3790789)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter
From: GUEST,Janie

Very sad news. Definitely first order, and mentor to so many other songwriters. Do you reckon he, Townes and Suzanne are all hanging out around the table, reunited?

He had been in declining health for quite some time and had to cancel the last run of shows he had scheduled - several months to a year ago. His biography, "Without Getting Killed or Caught", is due out in Oct. 2016, and a documentary film by the same title is also in progress. Advance trailer of the film is available on Youtube.


17 May 16 - 01:37 PM (#3790790)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter (1941-2016)
From: Joe Offer

Ah, there's gonna be a big feast of homegrown tomatoes today, up in the Great Somewhere.

He gave us some great songs, and he was a wonderful performer. May he rest in peace.

-Joe-


17 May 16 - 01:38 PM (#3790791)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter (1941-2016)
From: G-Force

He was definitely "Ol' No.1". RIP sir.


17 May 16 - 05:01 PM (#3790822)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter (1941-2016)
From: voyager

A fine tribute to the songwriter/luthier -

Guy Clark Tribute Article - Nashville Tennessean (w/ photos)


17 May 16 - 08:18 PM (#3790842)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter (1941-2016)
From: Janie

NPR replayed a fine, brief interview from 2013 in remembrance today.

http://www.npr.org/2016/05/17/478417208/nashville-singer-songwriter-guy-clark-dies-at-74


17 May 16 - 08:23 PM (#3790846)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter (1941-2016)
From: Elmore

Wish I had seen this great artist in person.RIP


18 May 16 - 12:27 AM (#3790865)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter (1941-2016)
From: Andrez

Old Number 1. What a great album. RIP from me too.

Cheers,

Andrez


18 May 16 - 05:02 AM (#3790881)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter (1941-2016)
From: David C. Carter

He played at a club here in Paris,called:New Morning.

A great evening.He was the only one not dressed like a Cowboy!

RIP


18 May 16 - 06:13 AM (#3790888)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter (1941-2016)
From: GUEST,Roger Knowles

Another fine, superlative writer and artiste gone. RIP.


18 May 16 - 07:05 AM (#3790900)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter (1941-2016)
From: mkebenn

Crap, another one. I'll shed a tear and more for him. Mike


18 May 16 - 07:33 AM (#3790907)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter (1941-2016)
From: Bee-dubya-ell

Guy found the profound within the commonplace in the same way a sculptor finds a thing of beauty within a block of stone.


18 May 16 - 10:27 AM (#3790931)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter (1941-2016)
From: PHJim

We've lost a number of great musicians this year: Merle Haggard, Lonnie Mack, Prince, David Bowie. . . but somehow Guy seems the greatest loss to me.

I only saw him once at the Winnipeg Folk Festival a few decades back. I recall a small workshop stage hosted by Ian Tyson and featuring Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett and Guy Clark. I was already a fan of Ian, Jerry Jeff and Guy, but it was my first time seeing Lyle (while he still had big hair). I soon became a fan of his too.

I spent much of yesterday listening to Guy and playing his songs.


18 May 16 - 04:18 PM (#3790975)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter (1941-2016)
From: frogprince

"Guy found the profound within the commonplace in the same way a sculptor finds a thing of beauty within a block of stone."

Bingo; I was trying to find how to express just that myself, and you nailed it.


18 May 16 - 08:33 PM (#3790993)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter (1941-2016)
From: Janie

What Froggy said, BWL. You nailed it.


19 May 16 - 07:45 AM (#3791044)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter (1941-2016)
From: GUEST

Be Gone Forever - from the commonplace;

Sometimes a loser, sometimes a hero
This is a lonely captain's story
Sword and a pistol by his side

Do Lord, oh do remember him
Yes, yes, remember him

to the universal;

Sometimes we're ugly, not really worth it
This is a lonely planet's story
We're the third one from the sun

Do Lord, oh do remember us
Yes, yes, remember us


20 May 16 - 07:41 AM (#3791282)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter (1941-2016)
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge

'Stuff that works, stuff that holds up
The kind of stuff you don't hang on the wall
Stuff that's real, stuff you feel
The mind of stuff you reach for when you fall'

doesn't that sum up what's good in music, and in life?


20 May 16 - 07:43 AM (#3791283)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter (1941-2016)
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge

sorry for typo- last line should read 'kind' not 'mind'


20 May 16 - 02:23 PM (#3791356)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter (1941-2016)
From: GUEST,Severn

Add James King and John Wright to the list of departed, but I agree that Guy Clark was the biggest loss of those who have passed away and should be on all those magazine covers. His insights, lyrics and stories were superior to any of the others mentioned, and he even went by his real name and wore clothes I'd wear myself while imparting his wisdom and honesty.


22 May 16 - 05:21 AM (#3791492)
Subject: RE: Obit: Guy Clark - Songwriter (1941-2016)
From: GUEST,Dave Illingworth

What a great loss.   Amen to all that has been said above.
Lucky to have seen him in London several   times, including the 1978 support spot for Emmylou at Hammersmith Odeon. Just finished listening to my seven LPs and ten CDs -   what a body of work.
"Let Him Roll."