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|In 1964 Jim McGuinn, Gene Clark and David Crosby
teamed up as folk trio The Jet Set, performing a musical style
influenced by then popular groups like The Kingston Trio ("Tom
Dooley") and The Chad Mitchell
McGuinn had played before with The Limeliters, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Bobby Darin and Judy Collins. Gene Clark had been a member of The New Christy Minstrels while David Crosby had been performing with his brother and with Les Baxter's Balladeers.
When the Beatles started to dominate the American pop music in 1964 The Jet Set decided not only to spice their repertoire with beat rhythms but also performed own material like Lennon and McCartney did. The songs mostly written by Gene Clark were heavily influenced by the Beatles' rhythms and harmonies but with choir harmonies based on American folk tradition.
|Looking for a rhythm section they invited Chris
Hillman, actually a blue grass mandolin player with
The Hillmen, to join them on bass
For the drum kit they chose Michael Clarke, who brought in percussion experiences and had to start practising drum-playing on card boxes.
Supported by Jim Dickson and Eddie Tickner the new group made their first recordings at World Pacific with the single "Please Let Me Love You" written by Clark.
Other songs from these sessions were released only in 1969 on "Preflyte" (Together) and in 1988 on "In The Beginning" latter including "Tomorrow Is A Long Ways Away" in pure acoustic style and early versions of compositions the band later released on their "Mr. Tambourine Man" (Columbia) album in 1965.
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