Terry Clarke

Decades: 1990s 2000s


16 October 1947, Reading, Berkshire, England. The UK country singer Terry Clarke grew up in the rock ‘n’ roll era and was influenced by the Everly Brothers and Johnny Cash. One of his songs, ‘Bruce Channel In This Town’ (from 1997’s The Heart Sings), tells of the rock ‘n’ roll star visiting Reading, and another is ‘Gene Vincent Sings’ (from the same year’s Gene Vincent tribute album Turning The World Blue). Having bought a guitar at 14, Clarke joined a local band, the Statesmen. After that he played country clubs with an American ex-serviceman, Buddy Friend. He was signed as a solo act to Chrysalis Records in 1971 but no releases were forthcoming, and he moved to Polydor Records for one single, ‘Lady’. He then worked with the folk/blues musician Mike Cooper, playing on his albumLife And Death In Paradise.

In the 80s, Clarke formed a band, Domino Effect (whose singles included...

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