July 14, 1973

July14On this day in 1973, Clarence White (born Clarence Joseph LeBlanc) died in a traffic accident.

White was an American guitarist and singer who is best known for his work with The Byrds.

White died after being struck by a drunk driver while he and his brother were loading equipment into their car in Palmdale, California, after a reunion gig of the Colonels.

Especially shaken by his death was Gram Parsons, who led a singalong of ‘Farther Along’ at White’s funeral service. Parsons also conceived his final song before his own death, titled ‘In My Hour of Darkness’, as a partial tribute to White.

White had one daughter, Michelle.

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