This is intended to be a homage to very many musicians I've loved since I started listening to music. My intention is to tell what I know about them, hoping that those people who like them too, will help me fill numerous gaps, which I may have in their careers and discographies. Sorry, but there are no MP3 audio files here at all, just info (and love for the musicians).


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Friday, 9 March 2012

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BANDS:
  • Shades Of Midnight
  • Freddie Mac Band
  • Orang Utan [1970-1971]
  • Roy Young Band [1972-1974]
  • Chuck Berry Band [1973]
  • Doris Troy Band
  • Holy Mackerel
  • John Entwistle Band [1974]
  • Les Humphries Singers [1974-1975]
  • Hudson-Ford [1975]
  • Mac & Katie Kissoon
  • Long John Baldry Band [1978-1980]
  • Riff Raff

BIOGRAPHY:

Great guitarist, there has always been a sort of confusion about his career as there are two different Mick Clarke, both guitarists (both great!), so I hope this page will help to make things clearer.

Mick Clarke was born in London, and soon started playing in local bands.


SHADES OF MIDNIGHT


This band included a young Mick Clarke as well as an unknown singer by the name of Les Charles who later reinvented himself as Billy Ocean:

SHADES OF MIDNIGHT #?
?
Billy Ocean
vocals, as Les Charles
Mick Clarke
guitar
+ others unknown to me. Help!
Freddie Mac´s Extravaganzaê


FREDDIE MAC´S EXTRAVAGANZA


Another later lineup by Freddie Mac´s Extravaganza was:

FREDDIE MAC BAND #?
?
êShades Of Midnight
Freddie Mac
vocals
Carl Douglas
vocals
Mick Clarke
guitar
+ others unknown to me. Help!
Orang Utanê
Orang Utanê

Carl Douglas later joined Gonzalez (with Chris Mercer), and Clarke and Seopardie formed a new band, called Hunter (soon to be renamed Orang-Utan).

There were more lineups with Mick (for example, sharing guitar duties with Terry Jenkins). I´d love to get more info about that.

Other info on members of Freddie Mac Band (I know up to 35 members)
Already covered (3): Tex Makins, Ged Peck, Jeff Seopardie
To be covered (15): Chris Burdett, Alan Cartwright, Billy Davidson, Roy Davies, Carl Douglas, Mick Eve, Steve Humphries, Dick Morrissey, Viv Prince, Art Regis, Nick Simper, Eddie Thornton, Roger Truth, Roger Warwick, B J Wilson
Not enough info (16): Mel Day, Kookie Eaton, Erlene, US Flatop, Tony Gomez, Terry Jenkins, Clarence Johnson, Rod Jones, Ray Lewis, Freddie Mac, Tony Morgan, Bobby Morris, Johnny Orlando, Dave Roffey, Bernie Wehrman, Derry Wilkie


HUNTER / ORANG UTAN


This band was formed sometime (probably during 1970), and their original name was Hunter:

ORANG UTAN #1
1970
Gerry Trew
vocals
Mick Clarke
guitar
Sid Fairman
guitar
Paul Roberts
bass

But Gerry Trew soon left.

New singer Nobby Clark joins them:

ORANG UTAN #2
1971
Nobby Clark
vocals
Mick Clarke
guitar
Sid Fairman
guitar
Paul Roberts
bass

They recorded one album, Orang Utan, with all songs written by Seopardie, but it was released without the band´s knowledge, so they never received a single penny from sales. The album has cult status and has been reissued several times since then. After that, they disbanded.

Other info on members of Orang Utan (I know up to 6 members)
Already covered (1): Jeff Seopardie
To be covered (4): Nobby Clark, Sid Fairman, Paul Roberts, Gerry Trew


ROY YOUNG BAND


This band always had great players. One of the lineups was:

ROY YOUNG BAND #?
?
Roy Young
vocals, keyboards
Mick Clarke
guitar
Eddie Thornton
trumpet
Ricky Dodd
sax
Jon Lee
trombone
Cliff Davies
drums

I'm trying to get more info about their lineups, but it's a very difficult task. So if anyone can help me a bit, please...

This was the Roy Young Band around 1973:

ROY YOUNG BAND #?
1973
Roy Young
vocals, keyboards
Mick Clarke
guitar
George Ford
bass
Dennis Elliott
drums
+ probably others, unknown to me. Help!

I think Mick stayed in the band during 1972 to 1974, so I guess there must be many other lineups. Can someone help here, please?

Other info on members of Roy Young Band (I know up to 31 members)
Already covered (3): Dave Caswell, Rod Coombes, Nick South
Old pages (3): Keith Gemmell, Chas Hodges, Dave Wendells
To be covered (24): Mick Burt, Howie Casey, Pat Davey, Alan Davies, Cliff Davies, Ricky Dodd, Dennis Elliott, George Ford, John Golden, Moss Groves, Steve Hayes, Harvey Hinsley, Robin Jones, Martin Kitcher, Jon Lee, Ron MacDonald, John Marter, Onnie McIntyre, Nic Potter, Paul Simmons, Eddie Thornton, Alan Townsend, Tony Waller, Roy Young


CHUCK BERRY BAND


In 1973, the Roy Young Band opened in a Chuck Berry tour, and some of their members became Chuck Berry backing band during that tour:

CHUCK BERRY BAND #?
1973
Chuck Berry
vocals, guitar
Mick Clarke
guitar
George Ford
bass
Dennis Elliott
drums

Other info on members of Chuck Berry Band (I know up to 32 members)
Already covered (2): Jeff Seopardie, Steve York
Old pages (1): Micky Waller
To be covered (19): Jonathan Bankes, Curley Cooke, Tim Davis, Dennis Elliott, George Ford, Dave Kaffinetti, Billy Kinsley, Lenni, Lou Martin, Robbie McIntosh, Onnie McIntyre, Steve Miller, Jon Paris, Billy Peek, Jim Peterman, Nic Potter, Michael Snow, Mark Stevens, Lonnie Turner
Not enough info (9): Andy Bailey, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Campbell, Bob Coltart, Dave Harrison, Stanley Kipper, Jay Levy, Jim Marsala, G E Roberts


DORIS TROY BAND


Another great lineup for Doris Troy backing band:

DORIS TROY BAND #?
?
Doris Troy
vocals
Mick Clarke
guitar
Clive Chaman
bass
Gary Windo
sax
Dennis Elliott
drums
+ maybe others, unknown to me. Help!

Any additional info would be very welcomed.

Other info on members of Doris Troy Band (I know up to 14 members)
Already covered (1): Chris Parren
Old pages (3): Micky Keene, Neil Murray, Ray Russell
To be covered (8): Clive Chaman, Dennis Elliott, Brent Forbes, Will Hill, Phil Kenzie, Michael Snow, Doris Troy, Gary Windo
Not enough info (1): Choca


HOLY MACKEREL


This band was formed by two ex-members of Orang Utan:

HOLY MACKEREL #?
?
Nobby Clark
vocals
Mick Clarke
guitar
Derek Smallcombe
Tony Wood
Dennis Elliott
drums

Other info on members of Holy Mackerel (I know up to 5 members)
To be covered (3): Nobby Clark, Dennis Elliott, Tony Wood
Not enough info (1): Derek Smallcombe


JOHN ENTWISTLE BAND


Around 1974 (maybe 1975?), John Entwistle started a new band for his solo ventures:

JOHN ENTWISTLE BAND #?
?
êHoly Mackerel
John Entwistle
bass, vocals
Mick Clarke
guitar
+ others unknown to me. Help, please!
Les Humphries Singersê

But Mick Clarke left to join Les Humphries Singers very soon.

Other info on members of John Entwistle Band (I know up to 17 members)
Old pages (1): Tim Gorman
To be covered (9): Howie Casey, Jeff Daly, Graham Deacon, Mike Deacon, John Entwistle, Bob Jackson, Alan Ross, Alan St John, Godfrey Townsend
Not enough info (6): Gordon Cotton, Robert Johnson, Steve Luongo, Devin Powers, Henry Small, Bryan Williams


LES HUMPHRIES SINGERS


From 1973 to 1975, Dave Caswell toured and played with Les Humphries Singers, a good band that had great singers. By that time, they included the magnificent John Lawton (later to join Uriah Heep). This is part of one of the lineups

LES HUMPHRIES SINGERS #?
?
Les Humphries
vocals
John Lawton
vocals
Barry St John
vocals
Mick Clarke
guitar
Dick Parry
sax
Howie Casey
sax
+ others unknown to me. Help!

Caswell appears in their live album Live in Europe, but don´t know the other musicians involved, as I don´t own the album. Can someone help here, please?

Mick stayed with Les Humphries during 1974 and 1975, so there must be more live lineups. Can someone help?

Other info on members of Les Humphries Singers (I know up to 34 members)
Already covered (2): Dave Caswell, Sheila McKinley
Old pages (1): Dick Parry
To be covered (3): Howie Casey, John Lawton, Barry St John
Not enough info (27): Don Adams, Judy Archer, Jimmy Bilsbury, Dave Brian, Enry David, Myrna David, Jurgen Drews, Dornee Edwards, Peggy Evers, Elvira Herbert, Peter Hesslein, Henner Hoier, Les Humphries, Barbara Johnson, Earl Jordan, Goldy Kloent, Malcolm Magaron, Liz Mitchell, Claudia Schwarz, Victor Scott, Gail Steavens, Maddy Thielmans, Linda G Thompson, Liz Walker, Tina Werner,... up to 27 musicians.


HUDSON-FORD


Around 1975, Mick Clarke joined Hudson-Ford:

HUDSON-FORD #?
1975
Rick Hudson
vocals, guitar
John Ford
vocals, bass
Mick Clarke
guitar
+ others unknown to me. Help, please!

Sorry, but I haven´t more details about the rest of the band (maybe Chris Parren on keyboards and Ken Laws on drums?).

Other info on members of Hudson-Ford (I know up to 7 members)
Already covered (1): Chris Parren
Old pages (2): Micky Keene, Ken Laws
To be covered (3): Gerry Conway, John Ford, Rick Hudson


MAC & KATIE KISSOON


Sorry, I can´t find more info about the live backing band for wonderful Mac & Katie Kissoon:

MAC & KATIE KISSOON #?
?
Mac Kissoon
vocals
Katie Kissoon
vocals
+
Mick Clarke
guitar
+ others unknown to me. Help, please!

Other info on members of Mac & Katie Kissoon (I know up to 3 members)
Old pages (1): Katie Kissoon
Not enough info (1): Mac Kissoon


LONG JOHN BALDRY BAND


This was the Long John Baldry Band circa 1978:

LONG JOHN BALDRY BAND #?
1978
Long John Baldry
vocals
Kathi McDonald
vocals
Mick Clarke
guitar
Jim Fish
bass
Roy Young
keyboards
Paul Brown
drums

And a new edition of the Long John Baldry Band in 1979:

LONG JOHN BALDRY BAND #?
1979
Long John Baldry
vocals
Kathi McDonald
vocals
Mick Clarke
guitar
Karl Rucker
bass
Jacko Ciminello
keyboards
Jeff Seitz
drums

Mick stayed with Long John from 1978 to 1980.

Other info on members of Long John Baldry Band (I know up to 109 members)
Already covered (13): Aliki Ashman, Dave Ball, Denny Ball, Cliff Barton, Cal Batchelor, Doreen Chanter, Irene Chanter, Bill Eyden, Jimmy Horowitz, Felix Krish, Billy Law, Harry Reynolds, Bob Weston
Old pages (7): Ian Armit, Pete Blannin, Keith Boyce, Rod Edwards, Al Gay, Ernie O´Malley, Micky Waller
To be covered (88): Tony Ashton, Cliff Aungier, Long John Baldry, Geoff Bradford, Gary Breit, Hugh Brockie, Charity Brown, Norm Brown, Paul Brown, Tom Brown, John ´Rabbit´ Bundrick, Roger Carey, Liane Carroll, Chris Castle, Jacko Ciminello, Elaine Clark, Tom Connor, Charlie Coolie, Myra Cooper, Randall Coryell, Butch Coulter, John Dickie, Vince Dietrich, Jim Fish, George Ford,... up to 88 musicians.


AND THEN...


And then, Mick moved to the States, but don´t know details about his musical activities for a very long time.


RIFF RAFF


This was Riff Raff around 1995:

RIFF RAFF #?
1995
David Warner
vocals
Mick Clarke
guitar, vocals
Charlie Fecteau
bass
Gary Bogen
drums

Around 2000, Riff Raff becomes a power trio:

RIFF RAFF #?
?
David Warner
vocals
Mick Clarke
guitar, vocals
Mick Fecteau
drums, vocals

I don´t the period when they were active with this personnel, but my guess is that it should be around 2000 or so.

Other info on members of Riff Raff (I know up to 5 members)
Not enough info (4): Gary Bogen, Charlie Fecteau, Mick Fecteau, David Warner

DISCOGRAPHY: (15 albums known to me - Status: In progress)

ALBUMS AS A BAND MEMBER (13 credits)
  • Orang-Utan - Orang-Utan (1970)

    • Members: Nobby Clark, Mick Clarke, Sid Fairman, Paul Roberts, Jeff Seopardie
  • Doris Troy - Doris Troy (1970)

    • Members: Mick Clarke (RIP: Doris Troy)
    • Guests: Bonnie Bramlett, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann + Peter Frampton, Leon Russell, Ringo Starr, Stephen Stills (RIP: Delaney Bramlett, Jackie Lomax, Billy Preston + George Harrison)
    • Comments: CD reissue from 2010 contains 6 bonus tracks.
  • The Roy Young Band - Roy Young (1971)

    • Members: Roy Young + Howie Casey, Mick Clarke, Alan Davies, Paul Simmons, Dave Wendells (RIP: Jon Lee)
    • Guests: Sue Glover, Katie Kissoon, Sunny Leslie, Barry St John, Liza Strike (RIP: Doris Troy)
  • The London sessions - Chuck Berry (1972)

    • Members: Mick Clarke, Dave Kaffinetti, Onnie McIntyre (RIP: Robbie McIntosh, Nic Potter)
    • Guests: Guy Evans, Derek Griffiths, Kenny Jones (RIP: Ian McLagan)
    • Producer: Esmond Edwards
    • Comments: Half of the album was recorded live.
  • Rainbow testament - Doris Troy (1972) (LIVE)

    • Members: Mick Clarke (RIP: Doris Troy)
    • Guests: Claudia Lennear (RIP: Rufus Thomas)
  • Mr Funky - Roy Young (1972)

    • Members: Roy Young + Mick Clarke, Rod Coombes, Alan Davies, Robin Jones, Ron MacDonald, Onnie McIntyre, Nick South, Eddie Thornton, Alan Townsend, Dave Wendells (RIP: Cliff Davies, Ricky Dodd, Jon Lee)
  • Nickelodeon - Hudson Ford (1973)

    • Members: Mick Clarke, Gerry Conway, John Ford, Rick Hudson, Chris Parren (RIP: Micky Keene)
    • Guests: Rick Wakeman + Jack Emblow, Del Newman
    • Producer: Tom Allom
  • Free spirit - Hudson-Ford (1974)

    • Members: Mick Clarke, John Ford, Rick Hudson, Chris Parren (RIP: Micky Keene, Ken Laws)
    • Producer: Tom Allom
  • Stretching out - Doris Troy (1974)

    • Members: Mick Clarke (RIP: Doris Troy)
    • Guests: Gladstone Anderson, Phil Chen, Winston Delandro (RIP: Roy Davies, Winston Grennan, Rosetta Hightower, Joanne Williams)
  • Worlds collide - Hudson-Ford (1975)

    • Members: Mick Clarke, John Ford, Rick Hudson, Chris Parren (RIP: Ken Laws)
    • Guests: John Mealing (RIP: Dick Morrissey)
    • Producer: Tom Allom
  • Daylight - Hudson Ford (1977)

    • Members: Mick Clarke, John Ford, Rick Hudson, Chris Parren (RIP: Ken Laws)
    • Guests: Ian Bairnson, Martin Drover, Brent Forbes, Dave Markee, Chris Mercer, Graham Preskett, Ray Russell
    • Producer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
    • Comments: This was their 4th album as a duo, and the list of musicians includes Ray Russell (guitar), Ian Bairnson (guitar), Mick Clarke (guitar, who was to join the band), Dave Markee (bass), Brent Forbes (bass), Chris Parren (keyboards), Graham Preskett (keyboards, violin), Martin Drover (trumpet), Ken Laws (drums). If someone wants to know, they split soon after this album (although they formed a new band, The Monks).
  • Baldry´s out! - Long John Baldry (1979) (LIVE)

    • Members: Mick Clarke, Jim Fish, Jeff Seitz, Roy Young (RIP: Long John Baldry + Kathi McDonald, Alan Murphy)
    • Guests: Bob Cohen, Ray Warleigh
    • Producer: Jimmy Horowitz
    • Comments: Baldry´s out was recorded live (really? sorry I haven´t the album) with the core of his-then band (the great, late Alan Murphy on guitar, Mick Clarke on guitar, Roy Young on keyboards, Kathi McDonald on vocals), plus help from Jimmy Horowitz (keyboards), Ray Warleigh (sax), and others.
  • Just one look - Doris Troy ( - )

    • Members: Mick Clarke (RIP: Doris Troy)
COMPILATIONS AS A BAND MEMBER (1 credit)
  • A Thrill´s a thrill - the Canadian years - Long John Baldry (1996)

    • Members: Mick Clarke (RIP: Long John Baldry)
    • Producer: Stacy Heydon, Jimmy Horowitz
SESSIONS (1 credit)
  • First of the big bands - Tony Ashton & Jon Lord (August 1974)

    • Members: Howie Casey, Dave Caswell (RIP: Tony Ashton, Jon Lord)
    • Guests: Roy Dyke, Mick Liber, Ian Paice + Mick Clarke, B J Cole, Gerry Conway, Terry Cox, Dennis Elliott, George Ford, Peter Frampton, Sue Glover, Mick Grabham, Sunny Leslie, Caleb Quaye, Frank Ricotti, Ron Wood (RIP: Cozy Powell + Doris Troy)
    • Technical: Geoff Emerick
    • Comments: Recorded on and off during a long period, from 1971 to 1974, with different musicians (most of them remained uncredited). The CD reissue from 2004 contains 1 bonus track.

QUESTIONS:

01. Has Mick released any solo album?

02. Has Mick played with Davey Pattison?

03. Was Eddie Thornton a member of Freddie Mac band when Mick played with them?

04. Can someone give me more info about Freddie Mac and Roy Young Band lineups, please?

05. Does Mick play in any Les Humphries Singers album? Maybe on One of these days (1974), Live for today (1975), Family show (1975), LHS live (1975), Sing sang song (1976), Rock´n´roll party 2 (1974), Les Humphries 75 (1975), Party on the rocks (1975), Singing sensation, Singins and swinging (1975), Mexico, etc...


RELATED WEBSITE LINKS: 10


Official site(s) - tell them you saw the link here:

From the superb site Knights in Blue Denim: The British Blues Scene '68 - '70 (by Christer Fridhammar & Vanja), we have:

Wikipedia doesn´t want to include links to this website, but I won´t do the same with them. So, from the great Wikipedia, we have:

RELATED VIDEO LINKS: 1
Disclaimer: I don´t own or upload any of the videos linked here. I just include links to live videos that are already available, in order to show the work of this musician. Anyway, if someone feels that some link shouldn't be included, please write me at the email address shown below. And if you know of more videos featuring Mick Clarke, please, also write me with the link.
  • Hudson-Ford - Are You Dancing
  • Hudson-Ford on TV. (Resolution: 360)
    Featuring: Mick Clarke, John Ford, Rick Hudson. Rest of the band unknown to me.


THANKS:

Very Special Thanks to:
  • Mick Clarke: for writing me (2003).
  • Paul Simmons: for info on Roy Young Band (2004).
  • Terry Jenkins: for info on Freddie Mac Band (2004).

  • Special Thanks to:
  • Pete Clarke: for info on Roy Young Band (2005).

  • RELATED MUSICIANS:

    Mick Clarke mostly worked with these musicians: (name + number of credits)
    Doris Troy (6)
    John Ford (4)
    Rick Hudson (4)
    Chris Parren (4)
    Tom Allom (3)
    Ken Laws (3)
    Roy Young (3)
    Long John Baldry (2)
    Howie Casey (2)
    Gerry Conway (2)

    Page created by Miguel Terol on: 09/March/2011 - Last modified on: 09/April/2015. If you want to contribute with info, please write to: molympus1@gmail.com

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