100 guestbook entries (reverse order) from December 29, 2003 - October 3, 2007 (6151 hits)

100  Date: 2007-10-03 18:40:32
johnfoyle ( john_foyle@yahoo.ie / no homepage) wrote:

It's on!


The Great American Music Hall
859 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Elvis Costello
and Clover

The band from the original recording playing the songs
from "My Aim Is True" for the first time ever in

A Benefit for the Richard deLone Special Housing Fund
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2007

Doors: 6:00 PM
Show: 7:00 PM

Doors: 9:30 PM
Show: 10:00 PM

Tickets: On Sale Sunday, October 7

General Admission

99  Date: 2007-09-24 23:30:28
Kit Kerby ( kitkerby@metagraphics.net / no homepage) wrote:

Fun to happen across this site,a wonderful time to remember,hi to you all.love,Kit

98  Date: 2007-09-16 13:01:15
Derrick Walker ( bigwalker@bigwalker.us / http://www.bigwalker.us) wrote:

Hi you guys remember me? We had a lot of fun in the Muire Beach days. Thank for being so cool to us back then. Look me up!

97  Date: 2007-09-08 05:33:01
Kid Ross ( raven2444@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

"I'm not in love,
so don't forget it;
it's just a silly phase I'm going thru..."


it was that long ago.
you probbly dont even recognize the words from the song.

god, had to be the winter of 1975?
walking downtown to the sausalito waterfront;
me, and doc and nina and edgar.....
dropped into the "no name bar"
and there sat bennett and his (then) wife martine.

we joined them for beers and a discussion of how their
houseboat sank;
bennett's version in english,
martine's in french.

same story,
but the french version was SOOO much sexier!

at a nearby table
(no one has heard this story before)
sat two beautiful women.

bennett knew them:
mary (the older)
and betsy.

o man.

my voice stilled.
my heart racing.
my mind muddled.


god, i dont know what i even talked to her about
but lightning had struck.

staggering home
(love, not beer)
nina was stunned;
she had never thought i was actually capable of
LOVING someone.

but she could tell i was in a zone....

(crying now...hold on...)


("Big boys dont cry
big boys dont cry
big boys dont cry...
I keep your picture upon the wall...")


we would meet at dances where the band Clover was playing.
I'd do the drawings for the posters,
get in free,
drink too much,
and save the last dance for betsy.

knowing where she lived,
i'd haunt her and she'd let me sleep with her.
(not sex......just let me be with her.)

a few parties.
a talk between innings at a softball game.

my heart raced and my mind could not bridle it in.

she must have thought me, at best, a charming fool.
which, of course, i was.

she was beauty and i was just me.

when she looked into my eyes i could see the end of the universe.

(oh, my oh my.....gotta hold on.......)

but i left home.
left marin
left my friends and family;
left betsy.

had to.

i can still see her the last time i saw her.
(that vision is my own and stays here.)

the years passed by.

the layers of life's history
bending my back,
turning my hair grey
and then gone.

how could i find betsy again?

so i came up with "buffalo bill on the beach";
thinking perhaps that art work would draw her out of the past
for one last dance on the beach.

last month, in california,
they told me she was dead.

drugs......alcohol....a bad marriage;
she pulled her car over to the side of the road and
left this world (and me) without a last kiss.

"I'm not in love
so don't forget it..."

so that last dance was the last dance
and i didn't know it.
yeah kid they tell me,
it was long ago,
and so it was.

but a ground ball went thru my mitt
and i will never get that back again.

so asleep at the beach last month
she came to me one last time.
we talked about trivial stuff
and all the while i wanted to ask her
if she was really dead.

we talked like old times...
and she was betsy again for me.

finally i ask her: "Betsy, aren't you dead?"
and holding my hand,
she looked into my eyes and replied,
"what do you think?"

how could i deny her?
there she was,
holding my hand
and being my friend
like she was so many years ago.

betsy, you are gone.....
but you live here in my world
and my heart
because you never left me.

"I'm not in love....
no no
it's because
you'll wait along time for me....
you'll wait a long time for me..."

96  Date: 2007-07-19 04:11:48
Rick Pyle ( rickpyle33@comcast.net / no homepage) wrote:

October gig at Great American music Hall?

95  Date: 2007-07-18 15:47:04
Jim McInnis ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

Clover Reunion (of sorts?)


-- More rock 'n' roll: Elvis Costello will play with the defunct Marin County band Clover at the Great American Music Hall in October, in a 30th anniversary celebration of their collaboration on his first album, "My Aim Is True." Huey Lewis used to play harmonica with Clover, but he was in Amsterdam the weekend that album was recorded.

94  Date: 2007-07-05 00:40:41
Joan Hewett ( quirkage@earthlink.net / no homepage) wrote:

Wow a blast from the past! I was Sean Hoppers girl for 7 years and am having a great time stretching my mind back to all these names and places. Those Clover days for me were The Bomb! All the clubs, smoke, applause, fans, fabulous music, friends, parties, traveling, laughing and truly just having the greatest time of my life! I haven't had that many friends or so much fun since! Love Joanie

93  Date: 2007-06-16 14:20:45
Geoffrey ( westhaven310@yahoo.com / http://retro90.com) wrote:

Remember hanging out with Ann Thorpe and some of the Clover guys playing pickup softball by her house in Mill Valley back in 1970! We were both going to SF State at the time but spending time in MV on the weekends, and going backpacking at Pt. Reyes.

92  Date: 2007-05-21 14:28:04
Ernie Stires ( ernie@mho.net / no homepage) wrote:

I learned yesterday of Mike Walter's passing. My dad read about it in the IJ obituaries. I had talked with Mike a couple of months ago, I had tried to stay in contact over the years. He was upbeat then, and although he was going in for more treatment, very positive. As Mike, and the others were literally years older than I (hehehe), I got to know him fairly well. In the early eighties, Mike extended a hand to me when i was in a very dark place. He truly saved my life, and I will always owe him a debt of gratitude. Godspeed Mike!

91  Date: 2007-05-04 16:20:51
Alex Call ( alcallhits@comcast.net / no homepage) wrote:

Sorry to hear that Mike Walter has passed away. Mike was there from the very beginning, long before Clover. He and I were in grade school together at Homestead School in Mill Valley. We used to swipe six-packs of beer and camp out on the hills above Homestead in sixth grade. He and I tried to form our own little league baseball team - since we were havng a hard time getting chosen on the diamond itself! Mitch Howie and I first banged away on drums and guitars in Mike's parent's basement. Mike was ahead of the curve in terms of knowing about source music. He played me Chuck Berry when all I had heard were the Beatles' and Stones' versions of those songs. Mike always liked the equipment stuff. He helped me get together my first amp. It had two speakers which were connected by long cables. We drew "moon" eyes on them ( old gremmies will recall those). He became Clover's sometimes manager, sound man, and driver, along with John Mosely (who is also deceased now). He was able, by being very patient, to herd us wild boys around pretty well. Mike took up photography and shot the cover pictures for our second album, if my memory serves me correctly. He was a good guy and will be missed, but remembered fondly by all of us.

90  Date: 2007-05-01 14:59:05
ste ( steshaw74@gmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Received the Paradiso CD in double quick time and love it. John McFee's playing is outstanding and it's funny to hear a very forceful if not, angry, Huey.
Thanks Stephan

89  Date: 2007-03-19 18:57:53
Rob Millis ( robmillis74@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Great site! As a 32 year old hammond/guitar player based in London UK it's not everyday you find a wealth of info on Clover.

I was introduced to their music by my good old buddy Brinsley Schwarz who has been championing the band for about 37 years, along with erstwhile colleague Nick Lowe. I fell in love with the early 4-piece stuff immediately and you can certainly hear the influence on the Brinsley's own output, particularly Silver Pistol.

Can anybody help - has Forty Niner EVER made it to CD? I have to give my mate Randy his vinyl back soon, having had it on loan for about six years.....

88  Date: 2007-03-07 09:38:02
douglas paling ( douglaspaling@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

CELL # 360-580-9493
HOME PHONE 360-533-4933

87  Date: 2007-02-16 09:43:30
Ben Greensfelder ( thebengreens1@gmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hey folks,

Stopping in bearing unhappy news. Peter G. died last month, probably of a pulmonary embolism. I'd only seen him once in the past several years, when he ventured from Petrolia to Nevada City in 2003 to say goodbye to our mom, who was dying of throat cancer.

Before that Pete had stopped writing the family except for our mom and dad (who he corresponded with till the end). He was kind of reclusive, but about 120 people showed at his memorial, including Jim Brown and Steve Bonuccelli, who made the long drive up from Marin. Steve stood up and said some kind words at the service, as did about 15 others, many of them from Petrolia and surrounds.

Sue Lane also made it, and her and Peter's two sons, Ari and Seth.

It took the memorial to make me realize how much I miss him and to wish I'd been more assertive in staying in touch.

I hope you've found peace, bro'.

86  Date: 2007-02-14 02:40:07
nancy clawson johnson ( johnson1403@cableone.com / no homepage) wrote:

Well, better late than never. From one old clover groupie to the next. I'm sure you guys didn't forget me, after all I did cook and laundry for you and seem to remember a bit of sewing too! Just remembered how nice the milk man was to let us charge all the dairy products. I keep in touch with Oli, Fran and Sandy Leoni. Anybody else? I live in Lewiston, Idaho and it's alot better than it sounds.

85  Date: 2007-02-06 15:13:12
Ari Sky ( arijsky@verzon.net / no homepage) wrote:

I discovered Clover via a piece on NPR several years ago and recently purchased copies of "Unavailable" and "Love on a Wire." My kids are absolutely crazy about the music! It's a real shame that unfortunate timing led the band to fall short. This music is some of the best I've heard from that era, and masterfuly straddles so many genres. Really great stuff!

84  Date: 2007-01-11 06:59:58
Skip Lacaze ( hlacaze@comcast.net / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamalpais_High_School) wrote:

Your link to John McFee's bio is out of date. It's now at http://www.doobiebros.com/content/biography_john.php
Did any of the band go to Tam High besides Alex, Huey, and Mitch?

83  Date: 2006-12-30 06:50:43
Tony ( mrturtle@comcast.net / no homepage) wrote:

Good to find this site. I saw the band at The Nashville in 77 when they did the Levi Ad. I did see this only one time on tv. Anyone have a copy.
I shall be ordering the Live and Sessions CD's for sure.Did find the LP Forty Niner, no cover, just a card sleeve, still worth it. Live in Philadelphia now, so if any Clover fans around, drop a line.

82  Date: 2006-12-24 04:34:45
donna & denise glasser ( dglasser2001@yahoo.com / no homepage) wrote:

Merry Christmas Clover! Im teaching Denise about email and this is a tool for her! Mitch Howie if you read this, Denise says remember the house on LaVerne where you worked on your speester in the garage. And what about John McFee in those white sailor pants from Army Surplus!!!! He was our idea of a heavenly apparation.whew!!! Two young dumb girls with a crush on a good old boy. Thanks guys for taking the time to be sweet and polite gentlemen to a couple of adoring young girls. (This is before you were somebody!) By the way its our idea of a new release with a reggae flair to (fairweather friend) that was one of our favorites.

81  Date: 2006-11-30 21:09:51
Graham ( jaynebeau@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Love the site, recently got the Live at the paradiso and ordered the Unavailable and Love on the Wire cd's, two of my fav all time albums, went to see Clover four times, all as the support act, the last three times (skynard and GP and the rumour twice were just to see Clover, got to meet them backstage at Bradford England in Nov 77, Hughie gave me one of his harmonicas, i still treasure it, my biggest Clover regret was not buying the best of album for the 1 previously unreleased track, saw the cover in a second hand shop 15 years ago but, horror of horrors the disc was missing, never seen it since, must fly, best wishes to all concerned with this site, it,s the tops

80  Date: 2006-11-04 01:16:30
mance robinson ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

yea, my friend steve was from san rafael but we went to high school in new jersey together for a couple of years....had a band with him called sons of the rainbow ranchboys (1970). anyway did two road trips to visit him when he moved back (71,72)& he turned me on to clover, which at that time just one of the local bar/scene bands...they were great, i remember a show at browns hall? in mill valley and a bar at stinsons beach (can anyone remind me of that little dive bars name?)...those were great times...anyway,back east in jersey nobody really knew what to make of these two cool albums i always played (clover 1 & 2)....my band even covered chicken butt!!....great to be made aware of all the band guys sucesses...rock on...

79  Date: 2006-10-20 16:40:05
Frank "Sticks" Schnyder ( no email / http://myspace.com/sticksmcfly) wrote:

Hey Stephan! The site's looking great. Glad I decided to see if there was anything new. Didn't know about the 2006 releases. I'm so excited. I'm going to buy those as soon as I get a job. Check my MySpace space for my latest music. Take care.

78  Date: 2006-10-05 18:05:51
Derrick Walker ( bigwalker@bigwalker.us / http://www.bigwalker.us) wrote:

Remember me? I was there in 67-74. I was one of the only black faces around then, other than Fast Eddy... I was a big fan, no a lot more than that. You guys changed my life.Now I play harp sax write and sing. I live In Europe now and have five kids.
If you have time write to me. Remember my sister? No? Well she was called Stacy back then She married and has a kid with the bass player of Green Day. Any way we remember and love you. I sometimes come to town and would like to meet you guys again.
Peace and lots of love
Derrick Walker

77  Date: 2006-10-03 22:06:32
eskew ( eskewryder@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

I was reading where there is a CD-R floating around on Clover's Soundcheck from 11/10/76. Is there a way that I could purchase a copy from someone? Email me at eskewryder@hotmail.com if you're willing to sell a copy. I know the sound is not great but I sure would like to have a copy. I also just ordered the Live At The Paradiso CD and I can't wait to get it. I've always wondered what Clover sounded like live. I'm also really looking forward to the Sound City Sessions CD in Nov.

76  Date: 2006-09-30 08:10:55
Richard Davis ( bassistofthecentury@jazz.com / http://www.jazz.com) wrote:

what's this next one in?

A again?

i ran out, man. too many A's..... i ran out.
i don't have any more A's to play, man.

75  Date: 2006-09-22 17:35:44
Debbie ( foxone1@comcast.net / no homepage) wrote:

I just listened to both Unavailable and Love on the Wire. They weren't too bad. I was in love with the Osmonds then, and was not into bands with really long hair---now I wish I was. Since Huey Lewis and The News came along, the similarities in some of the songs can be seen. Also-this is a good site. Only wish you had better pictures.

74  Date: 2006-09-19 08:56:37
martin scott ( martinjhscott@yahoo.com / no homepage) wrote:

Great to discover the website! I worked at Phonogram in the 80s, and compiled the Best Of album; I was a big fan of the Vertigo albums as a teenager, and still am. Great band, sadly underrated and much missed. Just ordered the live CD from sustainable music - can't wait!

73  Date: 2006-09-09 19:20:45
Rik Eischen ( rikeischen@earthlink.net / no homepage) wrote:

I never heard CLOVER. It sounds like they were a pretty descent group. To bad this site doesn't have some sound clips so others like me could hear parts of some of their songs. I don't make it a practice to buy music I haven't heard before. -Rik.

72  Date: 2006-09-07 08:28:45
Ben Greensfelder ( thebengreens1@gmail.com / http://home.comcast.net/~thebengreens1) wrote:

Ron Lemley!!! How the fuck are you? Tex-ass? Cool. I'm in Portland, Oregon, now. Feels kinda like Marin in the '70s, before people got hurried and rude.

Wonder how long that will last.

Got Alex's CD from CDBaby (they're in Portland too, but I got it by mail). Now I see I need to order the Amsterdam performance CD too, if it's still available. Looking at posts by Dan Morrison, Mike Walter, Ernie Stires. Damn, my head is spinning with vague memories.

Nothing really to say except thanks, Stephan, for keeping this page going all these years. And Mario, if you see this, hang in there, man. Weirdest thing; I remember you showing me a catalog in the hall at Edna Maguire (I think we'd both been kicked out of our respective classes) that had a bunch of switchblades in it. I've never seen the like since.

Peace . . .


71  Date: 2006-08-19 23:13:50
Bert ( afehoekstra@hetnet.nl / no homepage) wrote:

Unavailable: one the best albums(LP's)i have, when i could get the Cd version i tried to get this as soon it was possible, but when i listened to the Cd, it was a litlle dissapointing for me. I miss 1 track!
No "Chain Gang" on the Cd, that track was on the Dutch LP version. It was a great version and give a view what Clover could do in vocals. I hope you put it on the Cd when you release a new pressing. I see there i a Paradiso Cd so i will try to get this in the "best"Cd/LP store in Holland, in my Town, Sounds, Bye and all the best, Bert

70  Date: 2006-08-02 00:59:10
Nigel Dick ( nigel@nigeldick.com / http://www.nigeldick.com) wrote:

I used to work at Stiff Records from 77-82 and was a huge Clover fan (the boss of the label, Dave Robinson, was their manager). They used to hang out in the office all the time and I can still recall being upset that they only played for about 30 minutes when supporting Graham Parker & The Rumour at the Rainbow.

Anyhow. I have some contact sheets from a picture session around the time of Love On The Wire sessions that I found lying around the office back in the day and kept (OK stole!)and another promo shot by Adrian Boot (famous for his Bob Marley pics). If I can scan them in are they any use for the web-site?

Let me know. Keep on Rollin'...ooh

69  Date: 2006-07-08 02:55:05
Jim McInnis ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

Received the Clover Live at the Paradiso CD in the mail today. Excellent service, 5 days to the west coast USA. Great to be able to add to the *growing* number of Clover CDs finally coming available. Fans need this CD! Get yours and support a good cause.

68  Date: 2006-06-29 18:01:42
guillermo ( psguillermo@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

fans en euskera o castellano contacten conmigo

67  Date: 2006-06-23 09:39:51
Amos ( Chizboy@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

I enjoy surfing ur site. Keep it up.

66  Date: 2006-06-10 03:29:58
Lynn D Kircher ( kircher752@aol.com / http://www.myspace.com/yellowroseoffrisco) wrote:

Clover, What fond memories..Peter Greensfelder? I lived at Muir Beach when I was fifteen. Came there homeless and stayed for awhile, rented a cabin and eventually left. Great times, my memory is long. Where's Mitch Howie? Thanks for keeping the history and the music alive. 06/09/06

65  Date: 2006-05-18 17:47:10
Matthew Erskine ( matthew.erskine@gmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Stephan - Received my copy of Live at the Paradiso. What can I say? Thank you so much - to you for the work, to Hans de Vente for sharing the tape, to Alex Call for still being so enthusiastic and interested enough to contribute the liner notes...a dream come true, not to sound cheesy. It's a fantastic show to hear, amazing quality for almost 30 years old, and something I've been waiting nigh on 20 years to hear. Thanks SO much. Cheers, Matthew

64  Date: 2006-04-17 22:33:55
Michelle McFee ( mizshely@pistolpackinmama.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hey there, Stephan, great job adding in the David Nelson Band and the links to the New Riders sites. Hopefully, we can get you some material from the new group as well as the older stuff. A big special thanks on behalf of John "Marmaduke" Dawson who is retired and living in Mexico these days and from David Nelson and Buddy Cage who are rekindling the flame with sold out shows all over the country. Yeah team!!!!

63  Date: 2006-04-12 22:25:23
dennis black ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

thanks for doing this. i was a big fan and followed them from winterland to cotati and every place in between. i saw them for the first time at palm gardens with commander cody and asleep at the wheel for a buck - the entertainment value of my lifetime. huey was brought up on stage to join them for a couple of songs. i saw them with nick lowe at sleeping lady, saw sean and huey do the chicken funk too many times to remember. alex had the greatest voice and sensibility, john fabulous energy and mcfee could play. but most of all they had as much fun as we did and they had it with us. i remember when alex passed his mike out into the audience for a sing along-i thought these guys are about the community of rock and roll not about being stars although i'm sure they would have been happy to be. those who only hear them now on cd would have a hard time understanding their appeal. but to be young in a bar in the early 70s when they were playing-that was something. if any of you guys read this, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

62  Date: 2006-03-27 05:24:04
MMicky Shine ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

in relation to Clover's mid-life cry sis, Ralph Merzlak the photographer/sign painter/friend was a special seed who helped Clover flourish... thank you Ralph....

'Earth's Heart'

Thinkin’ back then
Just rememberin’ when
The night we first met and
Years later we’re still friends.

Younger daze long gone
Stories fill each car-stretched train.
First won playin’ empty’s house
Smilin’ wide a long you came.

You couldn’t believe no one heard us
And you stayed throughout it all.
Ya’s hung your tongue’s till our mmusic stopped,
The beat stuck, you recall.

I asked you friend, for space to spend
Sum time – wheel get it write.
Without hesitation, ”Yes!” you said,
“Aye, two can see the light.”

Earth Sign Shop’s offered, your opened door
‘Fore site, songs came a ‘round.
The get up in your heart helped bring
Clover to London town.

Your photo shop - an inspiring gift
You let us jam, up sighed.
We tried our best, you know the rest
Our thanks can’t match our pride.

Just knowing that you cared so much
To si our dreams come true.
Of course we know the shots you took
Helped you imagine to.

We kept in touch from time to time
Long treks - hard curves - life’s path.
We kept the faith our friendship’s played
Threw time that went to fast.

Now hear oui our together again
Hour journey’s fill the list.
Great laughter days, pique’d colour plays
The sum light of our whish.

Must tell ya pal you are the best.
We’re grateful to say the least.
Oui remember friend, just can’t pretend
Just knowing you - kept our beat.

What can we say about Ralph Merzlak? He was a lot of things to a lot of people. But mostly, he helped us all laugh with his outrageous opinions, his whimsical artistry, his love of politics, his penchant for controversy and his frequent letter-writing campaigns. Ralph could be thought provoking, creative, imaginative beyond words, community minded as well as infuriating with those who differed…but any and all words people may have tried to describe him, we still respected and honoured him as ‘our’ Ralph. Everywhere he called home, but especially in his last years, anywhere you look in Amador County you will see signs of Ralph’s artistry at work. He signed everything he composed.

Everyone who notices will agree, his sign-work and especially his photography is art. He had an amazing gift; the eye for composing the “perfect shot,” while capturing the view in one or two clicks of his delicate touch, because he was a brilliant technician. Like the best photographers in the world, and he was one; he hiked across, around, climbed up or hung down, twisted over, under, and wadded through and more in pursuit of what he called, “the perfect angle,” for a perfect shot.

Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, Grandfather, Huey Lewis and Clover devotee, Ralph was a loyal and true friend to many. Record collector, Sacramento Kings fan (most of the time), class clown, a prankster who found his muse in Yosemite. One can’t think of Ralph without his loyal companion and wife, Sharon, who was by his side for over 35 years.

Besides Sharon, Kam, his son; Michael, his grandson; numerous relatives and friends from Coast to Coast, Ralph leaves behind so many who cherish his memory. As Huey and his band The News would say, “The Heart of Rock and Roll is The Beat,” …. Ralph was the beat for so many.

Merz, we’re grateful and thank you for being you! Rest in Peace…

61  Date: 2006-03-15 00:12:26
Brian Wilson ( b.f.wilson@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Just a big huey fan and wanted to see his roots

60  Date: 2006-02-09 07:17:13
Robert "C.R." Resner ( resner2100@comcast.net / no homepage) wrote:

I will try to write my remembrance of both the Clover and Outfit days. They differ from what has been written here and at Bay Area Bands.

59  Date: 2005-12-26 01:31:21
Mark Melanson ( mark@melanson.org / no homepage) wrote:

Merry Christmas you lot. All you folks and you know who you are, Merry Happy. If the Sons of Champlin can get back together, then what would be so bad about a Clover reunion concert. All we have to do is have a gig with The Doobie Bros, Huey Lewis and the News, Lucinda Williams and Alex Call band playing together and that should take care of getting everybody together. It could be a great KFOG summer picnic concert for charity. What do ya say guys?
Just a thought, We could get Mutt to produce it and Shania can sit in. What a jam session that would be, You could record it and sell it for more charity stuff. Bob Geldoff eat your heart out!!!

58  Date: 2005-12-06 21:03:19
Tom Dreyer ( Tom.Dreyer@PacUnion.com / http://www.MarinSelect.com) wrote:

Hello all veterans of The Lion's Share, Brown's Hall and other early venues. It is a pleasure to find such a comprehensive collection of photos and trivia about one of the most interesting and musical bands of their time. What about pictures of the famous Roadie "Frank". Anyone have info on his whereabouts. He was quite a legend with the ladies...
PS:Take a tour of my website...still here in Marin.

57  Date: 2005-12-01 18:08:33
Thom Kid Ross ( Raven2444@aol.com / http://thomrossart.com) wrote:

Softball Update: It was at Strawberry...summer 1974. Gilbert Rosborne (The Uncrowned Prince of Bolinas) over ran the bag at second base. I tagged him out. He claimed he was safe. Let me tell you all: he was out then and he's been OUT all these 30 years. (Da bum.)

56  Date: 2005-11-18 16:40:19
Alex Call ( alcallhits@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

I do not have a current email for Mike Walter. Mike, I hear you're back and have recovered fro you illness. Please email me at alcallhits@aol.com. I have a question.

55  Date: 2005-11-09 03:20:01
Chris ( chrispuglise@excite.com / no homepage) wrote:

Trying to track down old friend from 'Clover' Days. Anyone know or remember Georgia Hunter?
Is she still in the Bay Area. Contact me!

54  Date: 2005-10-29 06:57:44
marva dawley (campbell) ( mdawley@uci.net / no homepage) wrote:

Al, I got an email and erased it. Call me twinkle fingers. Wonder what my old South Eugene High School buddy, Susan Dutton is up to. Get in touch. Marva AND try smiling on your photos. Cool is out!

53  Date: 2005-10-17 22:41:31
russ milenbach ( milobender@cs.com / no homepage) wrote:

Still wondering if any live stuff has surfaced.Saw a great HLand the news show at the Mandalay Bay in vegas in june.....nice to see him back in action.Really miss seeing Alex and hope he gets out somewhere other than Nashville.................miss the old days,uncle charleys and annie don't lie.

52  Date: 2005-10-13 16:38:50
Stephan ( stephan@clover-infopage.com / http://www.clover-infopage.com) wrote:

Hi guys, just to let you know: a source that we all can CALL reliable told me that Ray Bumatai never was a member of Clover - even his name is unknown.

51  Date: 2005-10-13 11:24:09
Nicola Milligan ( nicola_milligan@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Excellent website - have a few of the bands albums,and have recently one of their first albums from Ebay! Looking forward to listening to some more. Great work - keep it up!

50  Date: 2005-10-12 09:00:01
Graham Yaffe ( graham.yaffe@btconnect.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hi Guys
Been looking for someone who has transferred the first "Clover" and 'Forty Niner" LP's to mp3 and is willing to trade. I wold love some of the early stuff to listen to. I saw the band a number of times here in the UK (Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield) and was blown away by them then and still love listening to the music now. Thanks for reading and keep the faith!

49  Date: 2005-10-08 06:52:20
Stephan ( stephan@clover-infopage.com / http://www.clover-infopage.com) wrote:

Hi guys - sorry for the lack of updates on the Clover page but it is really difficult to find stuff that justifies an update. Plus, Bay-Area-Bands.com keeps me busy.

Anyhow, got sad news today that a "former" member of Clover passed away. As I never heard the name Ray Bumatai connected to Clover someone here might give us the details. Thanks.


48  Date: 2005-08-15 18:11:45
Bob Folger ( BobFolgerJr@msn.com / no homepage) wrote:

Wow....what a great website you've put together. I've been a follower of HNL since the beginning. I've been trying to track down info on clover for so long, now I've found it. Thanks....keep up the great work with the site.

47  Date: 2005-08-05 07:54:29
Mike Brotherson ( wombats_retreat@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hi from New Zealand. If anyone can help point me in the right direction to get an mp3 of the Route 66 version Clover did for the Levis ad back in the late 70's I would appreciate it. Contact via email. Cheers to all, Mike

46  Date: 2005-08-02 21:51:07
Ron Lemley ( ajipanca@valornet.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hey: I feel like I'm among so many old friends here, even though my wife and I now live in Kerrville Texas.
I also have many fond memories of Old Browns Store, Muir Beach, Lions Share Charles Van Damme, etc,yes, I still remember that stuff.I guess I still have a few brain cells left!
I was even at the Tavern show when I was only 13 years old.Some of you remember the one where Owlsley crashed a car and we all ended up getting quite dosed? It was a lot of fun.
My uncle Bill Hybert was one of the main players in the Flying Circus and would let me in the back door to numerous shows.I also really miss the spirit of those days and try to keep it all alive as much as possible.I'm really glad tohear from Ben G, Tom Dreyer and several other old pals!I love you guys. Ron

45  Date: 2005-07-25 22:04:46
Michelle McFee ( mizshely@pistolpackinmama.com / no homepage) wrote:

I heard a rumor that Huey Lewis will be joining the Broadway cast of CHICAGO as Billy Flynn in November. Any truth to this?

44  Date: 2005-07-17 06:13:42
Alex Horvath ( bolinasalumnus@sbcglobal.net / http://www.bolinas2miles.com) wrote:

Hey, great website! I used to see you guys play the Bolinas Community Center - and had a blast! I am going to link your site to my site.
Alex H.

43  Date: 2005-07-12 14:51:05
Nicky Milligan ( nickymilligan@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Great website - managed to get a few of the old vinyls of the band and have spent many a Summer listening to them!

42  Date: 2005-05-23 23:25:28
Mary Ann Peluso Henderson ( wordonthestreet@word-onthestreet.com / no homepage) wrote:

Does anyone out there know how that I can get ahold of John McFee for a studio session? I knew his brother Bob and was lead singer in a band called "Melting Pot." Randy Seol from Strawberry Alarm clock was the drummer and Gary Crite who has gigged with everyone was the guitar player. David Smith who was Ike & Tina Turner's piano player was our piano player. Please e-mail me with any info. Thanks alot.

41  Date: 2005-05-21 02:43:30
mike walter ( mikewalter@sbcglobal.net / no homepage) wrote:

hello from

hi from Bangkok. will be here for 3 months so will miss the Muir Beach Picnic. Anyone going say hi to everyone for me. Seems that all those years of smoking camels caught up to me and I have lung cancer. Came to Thailand for treatment because of the quality of care and the price. My outlook is pretty good and am not quite dead yet. Really miss Sonoma County and can't wait to get back. good luck to all. The Ol Roadie

40  Date: 2005-05-18 02:01:49
Chad Harding ( chadman1@houston.rr.com / no homepage) wrote:

I just wanted to pay tribute to a great band. As a kid growing up in Mill Valley I idolized these guys, particularly Alex Call and John McFee. As a 14 year-old it was my honor to play bass in the Ugly Harpies who were the opening act at a number of Tiny Hearing Aid (a Clover precursor) gigs at Muir Beach Tavern, and other venues.

39  Date: 2005-04-23 04:10:46
Reb Blake ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

Hi to Mitch Howie, I lived in the fire house down the street from the Clover House and when the hot water heater blew up traded meals for hot showers back in the 60's in Homestead Valley, wnt to their shows with Freedom Highway and Circus. Very sorry to hear that Bob is gone, Reb Blake

38  Date: 2005-04-05 16:48:23
Christopher Vondenhuevel ( afterkiraagain@yahoo.com / no homepage) wrote:

its been awhile since ive seen clover. i remember those good-ol-days, know what I mean!

37  Date: 2005-03-23 15:35:01
Stephan Petersen ( stephan@clover-infopage.com / http://www.clover-infopage.com) wrote:

Ann (Thorpe) Pierson if you are out there - and I am sure you are - please contact me. Tried to reach you via email but the address I have doesn't work anymore.

36  Date: 2005-03-12 09:03:56
Marva Dawley ( mdawley@uci.net / no homepage) wrote:

What the hell is goin' on? Nancy told me about this website and I was shocked...thought everybody must be sellin' Real Estate or somethin' in Marin County. What a shuck I am? You just "kept on truckin". You're quite an inspiration. I'm still ridin' herd on fourth graders over here in Eastern Oregon. Love, Marva

35  Date: 2005-02-25 20:20:55
Alex Call ( alcallhits@aol.com / http://www.AlexCall.com) wrote:

Hey Cloverites! I have been having a small wave of nostalgia ( brought on by being given a handbill from a long-ago gig with Mother Earth and Steve Miller) for Clover gig posters. Anyone have any they'd be willing to make a copy of for me? I'd just like to put up a couple for my kids to look at as the years go by. I have two sons,ages 25 and 2. They'r so adorable in their matching outfits..... Kevin Haapala, if you're out there, I'd love to have something of your stuff..please email me at: alcallhits@aol.com..for those who bought my CD, thanks, for those who didn't, you can still get one at CD Baby.com, so please do so...life here in Nashville is pretty good. I've been writing a lot of cool songs lately. Let's hope country artists and radio think so too.
cheers to all, Alex Call

34  Date: 2005-02-12 05:39:42
WEE JOHN ( jmuirlockhart@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

This is too weird,Huey and the guys[Clover] came to stay with me at the Chelsea Hotel in Earls Court London,they never left we had some great times together.Huey will always deny this but I was the one that told him he could really sing..he was singing an Elke Brooks number on my old juke box in The Chelsea while we were playing pool.When the band left I moved off to the US too,27 yrs ago, the song was sunshine after the rain.I have run in to Huey and the boys a few times ,BUNCH OF GREAT GUYS AND GREAT TIMES ..IF IT WASN'T FOR OLD SHUGGIE I wouldn't have had this wonderful life in America ..here's to you Shug from your old pal Wee John jmuirlockhart@hotmail.com

33  Date: 2005-01-30 21:56:58
Manuela ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

cool site... ;-)

32  Date: 2005-01-22 08:19:49
Paul Honeycutt ( pablomago@tdpri.every1.net / no homepage) wrote:

I saw Clover around 1970 at Pepperland in San Rafael opening for The Dead (I believe). Did they ever record "One Hand on the Bottle, One Hand on the Wheel?" I'd love to hear that one again. When's the reunion tour? ;-)

31  Date: 2005-01-19 09:27:03
MIKE ( JERZEY5@HOTMAIL.COM / no homepage) wrote:


30  Date: 2004-12-26 04:20:49
Eskew ( eskewryder@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Anyone know where I could find a tape or CD of demos that Clover did in the mid 70's? It would be cool to find these especially "Bad Is Bad."

29  Date: 2004-11-19 00:17:22
Chet Gregg ( chetgregg@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Stephan! Great to see you're still at it after all these years. I had to laugh when I looked back at the old guestbook and saw that I had dropped a line back in 1998! Wow. Anyway, I still check in every now and then, and love the new content that you seem to always come up with! I love reading those old columns. I haven't yet grown tired of listening to "Love on the Wire" at full blast in my car! The great thing is that I recently ordered "Unavailable" and "Love on the Wire" on CD. Very cool! Well, Staphan, thanks again for all the work. I continue to really enjoy it! Hopefully, we'll see all of Clover's material on CD! To all the Clover fans, ROCK ON!

28  Date: 2004-09-23 05:53:48
Robert "Cousin Robert" Resner ( resner2100@comcast.net / no homepage) wrote:

Interesting. Some of the early details don't really match my memory, but oh well.

27  Date: 2004-09-18 19:19:01
Danny Morrison ( morrison@coldwellbanker.com / http://www.soundbureau.com/morrison.html) wrote:

Hi All,
I got Alex's CD "Incredibly Thick" and it's, of course, incredible AND thick! I would suggest that you all buy the record immediately! Also come see me play.(Brief schedule on brief website includes a sample tune)
Danny Morrison

26  Date: 2004-09-16 23:23:07
Nate ( nathan@glaciercross.com / no homepage) wrote:

Cool Site! Great band!!

25  Date: 2004-08-12 18:21:24
Stephan ( stephan@clover-infopage.com / http://www.clover-infopage.com) wrote:

I have ordered my copy of Alex' new CD today - once I have it I will feature it on this site and Bay-Area-Bands.com.

24  Date: 2004-08-12 01:08:32
Maggie ( magbot@gmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

With all the adulation here of Huey & The News, I figured it was time for someone to say they checked in here because they loved Alex Call & The Love Dogs! Ah, those 1970s in San Rafael and Mill Valley...

I was thrilled to see Alex's entry about his new CD and will hurry over to get one at CD Baby. I've migrated from Marin to the South just as he has, so perhaps I'll get to see him in Nashville sometime.

And since ex-Cloverites seem to frequent this virtual joint, maybe someone can answer a question: was the song "New Romeo" actually written about a Marin guy named Frank Martinet?

And if so, would anyone know whatever became of him? I think he was somehow affiliated with Clover and may have gone to England with the group during the Jake Riviera days.

23  Date: 2004-08-10 05:10:22
Patrick McCormick ( patrick@iconsofrock.com / http://www.iconsofrock.com) wrote:

I would like to contact Sean Hopper to see if he would be interested in filming an instructional piano/keyboard video with us. What is the best way to get in touch with him?
Thanks, Patrick

22  Date: 2004-08-08 23:52:09
Alex Call ( alcallhits@aol.com / http://AlexCall.com) wrote:

Hey, everyone... my new CD has just been shipped to CD Baby.com (as of 8-7-04), where it will be avaiLable for you to buy.. so please do so!
allthe best to you all, Alex Call

21  Date: 2004-07-17 20:31:09
Mitchell Creek The Land ( dollbaby@jps.net / no homepage) wrote:

hey neato!!! i've been searching for info on Clover I loved listening to them in the 70's and my memory of the 70's here in Mendoville are vague but did they play locally?? also I remember Judy Ciambotti and Gia and darling Sunny from the Scott family on Mitchell creek there may have been a relationship there or maybe not?? I would love to see Gia and Sunny... myself and my then partner Mitchell Scott would have sunny come and stay with us at times what a darling kid! In fact my granddaughters name is Sunny!!!

20  Date: 2004-07-09 02:51:20
Michelle McFee ( mizshely@pistolpackinmama.com / no homepage) wrote:

Danny, I see you and John "Crazy" are going to be in Fairfax later this month. I am really looking forward to seeing your show.

19  Date: 2004-06-10 20:27:00
Alex Call ( alcallhits@aol.com / http://AlexCall.com) wrote:

By the way, Stephan - It's fun to read the comments from people I knew so long ago! Keep up the good work - Alex

18  Date: 2004-06-10 20:19:13
Alex Call ( alcallhits@aol.com / http://AlexCall.com) wrote:

Hey there, y'all!! My new album is done and coming back from the factory next week! So please send me your e-mail adresses and I'll include you in the mailing. And check out my site, AlexCall.com , for a few old Clover photos. There will soon be a lot more stuff there, including my liner notes for the new CD. best wishes to all, Alex Call

17  Date: 2004-06-09 15:07:43
Lorna ( la_doone@yahoo.com / no homepage) wrote:

Used to go see Clover for a buck at Uncle Sam's in Sebastopol. Was completely in love with Huey! I still have a great shot of him playing the harmonica with a poster in the background of a joint rolled in American Flag paper (you know the one I'm talking about!). Great website.

16  Date: 2004-05-30 19:17:00
Danny Morrison ( morrison@coldwellbanker.com / no homepage) wrote:

Great site.Thanks for putting it together and keeping it up. Those times in the late 60's and 70's were truly amazing and you almost need to see it in writing to be sure it really happened. My band (Hereford Hartstringers later Kitty Queen and the Beaver Boys) opened quite a bit for Clover and Circus. Browns Hall, Lions Share, Bermuda Palms etc. I am regularly in touch with Alex in Nashville who's, of course, writing incredible music and soon to have a new album out. Personally I've gotten together again with John Casey on dobro after all these years and we're getting regular gigs around the Bay Area. We are going by the incredibly clever name "Danny Morrison and John Casey". If any of the old "family" would like to be on our email list for gigs just let us know. We'd love to look out some night and see some familiar faces from those "heydays".
Danny Morrison

15  Date: 2004-05-26 23:56:06
russ milenbach ( milobender@cs.com / no homepage) wrote:

CLOVER lives here in my musical mind but I wonder why there are no live shows out there.If anyone knows otherwise would love to share some music.Oh well,at least there is still Huey and the Doobies.

14  Date: 2004-04-25 22:38:23
Paul ( THEDARKLEO@AOL.COM / no homepage) wrote:

I am trying to find songs/demos and rehearsals of Huey Lewis or any members of Clover recording with Philip Lynott. Can anyone help?? maybe we can help each other!
Great site , great musicians.

13  Date: 2004-04-10 23:25:39
Nicola ( nickymilligan@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Great website - at last something that gives a lot of genuine information about this brilliant band!

12  Date: 2004-04-05 03:49:40
Ronnelle McFee Wells ( dancingcloudrescue@yahoo.com / http://dancingcloud.org) wrote:

I was there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11  Date: 2004-03-24 02:00:50
Walt McCarthy ( wcmsawm1@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

Trying to reach John Ciambotti. It's Walt, the tow truck driver that used to live upstairs from Huey Lewis inSan Rafael. Also, Huey if you're out there....

10  Date: 2004-02-18 04:35:58
Michelle McFee ( mizshely@pistolpackinmama.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hey Mary Ann, It was great talking to you tonight. I tried to email you those pictures of Bob but the email kept bouncing, both from the address listed above and my yahoo address, mizshely@yahoo.com. Write to me and I'll click "Reply" and maybe the message will go through. Take care!

9  Date: 2004-02-13 02:14:18
Mary Ann Peluso- Henderson ( www.wordonthestreet@word-onthestreet.com / http://www.word-onthestreet.com) wrote:

I am trying to get a message and response from John McFee. I was a good friend of his brother Bob. We lost contact after I became a gospel singer. I was working with him in L.A. in 1980. I would like to know the details of his life when he passed. Please write me ASAP. I just found out on your site that he passed last January. Please have John contact me. Thank you so very much. Mary Ann Peluso-Henderson

8  Date: 2004-02-09 18:39:57
victoria howell ( thestar@bitterroot.net / no homepage) wrote:

Trying to reach Alex Call. Haven't talked to him in over 30 years. Can anyone send me his email address? Thanks, Victoria (formerly Vickie Marc)

7  Date: 2004-02-06 21:08:27
Mike Walter ( mikewalter@sbcglobal.net / no homepage) wrote:

Hi Clover fans! We must've done something right(I thought so at the time)or over twenty five years after the band broke-up nobody would care. Thanks for all the work Stephan has done to perserve the memories of that magical time we had. Any of the old gang who wants to can email me.I am in touch with some of you guys but I am always looking for more old friends. Please note new email address.

6  Date: 2004-02-05 23:46:28
Ernie Stires ( ernie@mho.net / no homepage) wrote:

Well, while it seems like just yesterday, Muir Beach, Browns Hall, Mt. Tam, I have always, and will always feel privileged to have know those times and places. Good to be here, good to be anywhere. What did happen to the old page?

5  Date: 2004-02-04 01:05:13
Laura Trefts (now Roehrick) ( podrn@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

What happened to the other guestbook? Ronelle Wells, are you out there? If so write me! I want to come up and see you! Anyway, it is nice to see there is still an interest in Clover. It confirms my good taste in music at an early age. I remember when John Mc Fee was 15 and playing at Muir beach. I was dumbstruck by his incredible talent. And Alex's song writing was so wonderful. ANOTHER SUNNY SUMMER DAY SONG is still one of my favorites. Anyone know where one can get the first Clover Album? It was a fun time and I am glad to say I survived it with the majority of my brain cells still intack. Any reunion parties planned?

4  Date: 2004-01-23 18:13:00
Johnny Haag ( jehaag98@sm.cumberland.edu / no homepage) wrote:

super site. more information than i ever expected to find. i will continue to recommend it to others. keep up the diligence and quality work.

3  Date: 2004-01-18 00:20:20
russ milenbach ( milobender@cs.com / no homepage) wrote:

been listening to alex and feeling nostalgic.If anyone knows of live clover shows for trade let me know(is this considered an advertisement....hope not)

2  Date: 2004-01-16 04:09:22
Steven Leibert ( stevenleibert@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

Let's do a time line of humpers for clover?

1  Date: 2004-01-16 03:57:22
Michelle McFee ( mizshely@pistolpackinmama.com / no homepage) wrote:

Happy New Year! The updated website looks great! Everybody in Marin shoul come out to Rancho Nicasio this Friday night, January 16, to see Johnny Colla and The Lucky Devils featuring my own favorite guitarist, Barry Sless (of the David Nelson Band). Shameless plug, I know. Am I the first to sign in on the new site? Annie Pierson, where are you?


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