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The Billboard Roll Call: David Cook

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The Billboard Roll Call is a listing of regional artists who charted a song on the Billboard Top 40 from 1955-2009. The introduction has additional information.

Anyone looking to see how much the music industry has changed can look at David Cook’s career.

A native of the Kansas City suburb of Blue Springs, Mo., Cook was the winner of the 2008 season of American Idol. Since then, Cook has worked steadily and has established a moderately high profile. If he has not reached the level of such Idol winners as Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson, he hasn’t flamed out either.

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The Billboard Roll Call: Gene Clark

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The Billboard Roll Call is a listing of regional artists who charted a song on the Billboard Top 40 from 1955-2009. The introduction has additional information.

Gene Clark is an artist whose true legacy isn’t reflected in a pop chart.

He was instrumental in helping develop three genres in rock ‘n’ roll. As a founding member of the Byrds, he pioneered folk-rock. With the duo Dillard and Clark in the late 1960s, he laid the foundation for country rock. His solo work in the late 1960s and early 1970s anticipated the singer-songwriter movement.

Clark was born in Tipton, Mo., about 110 miles east of Kansas City, but grew up in the Kansas City area. He played in rock ‘n’ roll bands growing up, but moved to folk music in the early 1960s.

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