Jeff is a 4th generation Austinite from a family of musical talent. His mother & grandmother taught piano, with Jeff beginning at age four under Grandma Anderson's teaching. Jeff's mother was a world class organist as well, and his father still sings today with the GBATTS (Getting Better All the Time Singers). Jeff couldn't escape music ! His attraction for the guitar began when he was seven, Consequently he began learning and in a short time was serenading girls over the telephone with guitar and voice. His first television performance was at age 9 on KTBC (Austin), where he performed on the Saturday morning kid's show hosted by Uncle Jay. He played the acoustic guitar and sang "The MTA" by the Kingston Trio. It was his first paying gig, on his birthday, receiving a $9 US Savings Bond and a coupon for a free bucket of KFC chicken.
He began playing in his first band in 7th grade. By high school he was playing private parties & fraternity parties at The University of Texas. In the early 70's, while in college, he joined Phoenix with Tom Holden, Rodney Garrison & Leonard Arnold. From there he and Tom evolved into "Stump" with David Frame on bass and Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitar. When Stevie Ray left, he was replaced by Brian Wooten and the foundation for Too Smooth, Austin's premier all original rock band of the 70's, emerged.
The band was discovered by a West Coast producer/manager who put them on salary to work on material, write, practice and polish. They then recorded tracks at Odyssey Sound in Austin before going to The Record Plant in Sausalito to lay down a few demo tracks. Shortly thereafter, David Frame decided to depart the music biz and Brian Wooten introduced the band to Danny Swinney, bassist, who was the last piece of the puzzle for the original Too Smooth line-up. Too Smooth was signed to Buddah Records and wisked to Miami's Criterion Sound Studios to knock out a single. Their debut, "Song For the World" was a top single pick by a new artist in Billboard magazine, but Buddah immediately went through a corporate restructuring and left Too Smooth with a hit and very little distribution or promo. The band headlined shows at Austin's Armadillo Headquarters and opened concerts across Texas for acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith, Foreigner, Ted Nugent, Pat Benatar, Rush, Mountain, Leon Russell, Judas Priest and others. Too Smooth played through the rest of the 70's in different renditions with Jeff Clark being the only original member throughout the entire duration.
In 1981, 14K was formed, reuniting Jeff with Brian Wooten, drummer Chris Skiles of Too Smooth and Bobby Clouse on bass and vocals from Dallas. They played commercial hits and continued to play originals and open shows for acts including Cheap Trick, Three Dog Night, The Producers, & Eric Burdon. This foursome also recorded a number of originals yet to be released. Louie Kruse replaced Bobby on bass and vocals during the earliest years and played on a number of studio recordings as well. A later line-up featuring Danny Swinney back on bass , Mark Powers on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Jeff, Brian & Chris, recorded Jeff's incredible arrangement of "Ring Christmas Bells" which was featured on The Austin Christmas Collection album. A few years later, a new line-up with Jeff, Danny, Chris, Scott Hoyt and Greg Stegall recorded a video of the"Ring Christmas Bells" tune that was aired an many television networks for years to come. The group also played and competed on "Star Search", winning their first episode and losing (BCS) the second in a somewhat controversial fashion. 14K folded up in mid 1987.
Jeff performs with Too Smooth whenever they have reunion concerts. In Sept 2015 played a concert in Austin at Threadgill's as "Jeff Clark & Friends", which featured Christopher Cross, Eric Johnson, Van Wilks, Tommy Taylor, Mark Miller, Greg Stegall, Mikel Arclight, Danny Swinney, Cole Newbury, Darin Murphy & Tommy Holden. It was epic ! Luckily the show was videoed and recorded, and we should see posts, YouTubes, etc before Christmas !