Happy Birthday to Mark Clarke – born July 25, 1950!

Happy Birthday to Mark Clarke – born July 25, 1950!

Mark Clarke is an English musician, bass player and singer.

After seeing the Beatles and many other bands in Liverpool as a young boy at the age of 12, he decided to be a bass player. In 1966 Mark Clarke played with the Kegmen, in 1968 with the Locomotif and late 1968 with St. James Infirmary. Liverpool Echo called him in an article “The Joe Cocker of Liverpool”. After a year of local gigs, he moved to London, where he was introduced to Clem Clempson, who played at that time in Colosseum.

After some time Mark was asked by Jon Hiseman to join the Colosseum in summer 1970 and played in the band until the split late 1971, and again from 1994 after the reunion of the band] After Colosseum split in 1971 he was briefly a member of Uriah Heep, performing (and co-writing) on one studio track, “The Wizard”, on the 1972 album Demons & Wizards. In the beginning of 1973 he became a member of Jon Hiseman’s Tempest and played bass on the two Tempest studio albums with Allan Holdsworth, Ollie Halsall and Paul Williams, and a live album issued later. He also played bass on Ken Hensley’s solo albums.

More on Mark’s life here.

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