The Clovers Part One

The Clovers Part One

The Clovers Part One

I know that I should have done The Clovers Part One earlier, when you were eager to read it then, but I’m doing it now, so you can hear the album now, as you read.

The Clovers are an American rhythm and blues/doo-wop singing group that turned into one of the biggest selling acts of the 1950s. They had a top 30 US hit in 1959 with the Leiber as well as Stoller song Love Potion No. 9.

The Clovers

The Clovers - Rock and Roll Revue Apollo Theater 1955.jpg

The Clovers Part One

Background Information


Washington, D.C., USA

R&B, rock and roll, doo wop

Years Active

1946 Present


Atlantic, United Artists.


Harold Winley.
King Raymond Green
Franklen Poole.
Carlos Wilson.
Tyrone Burwell.

Past Members

John Buddy Bailey.
Harold Lucas.
Charlie White.
Matthew McQuater.
Bill Harris.
Billy Mitchell.
Thomas Woods.
Billy Shelton.
John Phillip.
Charles R. Stevens.
James Toy Walton.
Robert Russell.
Roosevelt Tippie Hubbard.
Nathaniel Bouknight.
Peggy Winley Mills.
Ann Winley.
Jimmy Taylor.
Daniel Steep Abbott.
Edward Ike Bowers.
Juan Hawkins.
Johnny Mason.
Ron Reace.
William Rawlings.
Antwan Drayton.
Prentiss Floyd.
Tye Lovell.

The Clovers History

1946 to 1960

The group was formed at Armstrong High School, Washington, D.C., in 1946 by Harold Lucas (baritone), Billy Shelton and also Thomas Woods. Originally a trio, they increased to a quartet with the addition of John Buddy Bailey (leadand started calling themselves The Four Clovers. Billy Shelton was replaced by Matthew McQuater (tenor) in 1948. As The Four Clovers, the group began to appear at local amateur music shows including the WWDC amateur hour show hosted by Jack Lowe Endler at the Republic Theatre. This brought them to the attention of a broader audience including Harold Winley (bass) that, after hearing them on WWDC, decided to introduce himself to the group. By the end of 1948 Woods had actually been replaced by Winley. An introduction to Lou Krefetz, record sales supplier that became their manager, brought about their first recording session for New York‘s Rainbow Records as well as the release of one single in November 1950, Yes Sir, That‘s My Baby/ When You Come Back to Me. By the end of 1950 Bill Harris (birth April 14, 1925, Nashville,Tennessee) had joined as their guitarist; his blues and also jazz-inflected playing would end up being an essential part of their sound. Krefetz after that brought them to the attention of Atlantic Recordswhich signed them in February 1951. The Clovers were instantly booked by the Shaw Artists agency to perform at the Apollo Theater in Harlem beginning on February 15,1951. A week later, on February 22,1951, they went into the studio for their very first recording session for Atlantic, that included the Ahmet Ertegun composition Don’t You Know I Love You; that song, backed with the standard Skylark, was their first top-ten R&B hit for the label and also remained on the R&B chart for five months. Their second recording session led to the release of Fool, Fool, Fool in August 1951, which by September had reached # 1 on the R&B chart. The Clovers lead vocalistBuddy Bailey, was drafted into the army at the end of August 1951 and John Phillip was brought in to replace him. Philip was quickly replaced by Charlie White (birth 1930, Washington, DC)that had been in the singing groups The Dominoes as well as The Checkers. The tracks One Mint Julep (written by Rudy Toombs) and also the Ertegun composition Middle of the Night (originally released as a 10 vinyl single) were both top ten hits on the R&B chart of May 1952. Their following release, Ting-A-Ling, peaked at # on the Billboard R&B chart (September 1952) and reached # 1 on the Billboard Juke Box R&B chart. They followed up this early success with a string of R&B hits, including Hey Miss Fannie/ Played The Fool (released October 1952), Good Lovin (top ten R&B hit November 1953) as well as Little Mama/ Lovey Dovey (recorded September 1953 with Charlie Whiteon lead vocals). By the end of 1953 White had been replaced by Billy Mitchell. Buddy Bailey was discharged from the army in May 1954 and also rejoined the group. The releases I‘ve Got My Eyes On You and Your Cash Ain’t Nothin But Trash (with Billy Mitchell on lead vocals) included in the top thirty best-selling R&B records of 1954, with Lovey Dovey showing to be the most successful Clovers release of that year.


The group in 1957.
The Clovers continued to record with Bailey and Mitchell now sharing lead singing duties. The single Blue Velvet/ If You Love Me was released in February 1955. In April the group recorded four trackstwo from that session, Nip Sip/ If I Could Be Loved By You, were released in August as well as entered the top twenty of the R&B chart in September 1955. Devil or Angel was released in January 1956 and also entered the top five of the R&B chart in February. Their following release, Love,Love, Love (recorded March 1956), charted in the R&B top ten of June and reached the top fifty of the national chart in August. In April 1957 Quincy Jones arranged five tracks for the group, of which twoSo Young as well as I I I Love You were released as a double A-sided single (Atlantic 1139), while Pretty Pretty Eyes, Baby Darling and also Shakin were not released. Krefetz left Atlantic and formed Poplar Records in June 1957. The Clovers Atlantic contract expired in July 1957 as well as Krefetz signed Mitchell in September as a solo artist to his Poplar label. In February 1958 Krefetz confirmed that Mitchell would continue recording with The Clovers in addition to pursuing his solo career on Poplar. Krefetz signed The Clovers to Poplar Records in May 1958. Poplar was purchased by United Artists Records in 1959. The Clovers, now part of the United Artists lineup of acts, entered the studio for their first UA recording session in June 1959, which resulted in the July release of Love Potion No. 9featuring Billy Mitchell on lead vocals. Love Potion No. 9 (written by Jerry Leiber and also Mike Stoller) ended up being the biggest hit of their careerpeaking at # 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart of November 1959.

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