William Clarke: Now That You Are Gone
"Before Bill died, Clarke-Lodovici says, "he told me that I would always have his music after he was gone and to not let him be forgotten. I am trying to keep his music alive. It's hard though...It's tough to listen to him sometimes. For about a year, maybe two, after he passed away, I couldn't even listen to any blues at all. It would make me cry. To hear harp would really put a tear in my eye.
"I have actually found some lost tapes of Bill. Well, this weekend I started going through themthere must be at least 100 tapeslots of live stuff from way back in the 1970s all the way up to just before Bill passed in 1996. George Smith is on some also. Some real cool stuff. I am excited. The only problem is, on several of the tapes, I have no idea of who is on them. Some of the styles, like Watson, Holmstrom, Alex and Fats are very distinctive. And I am pretty sharp when it comes to who is playing what because I was right there every time Bill was in the studioin fact, when he was mixing the music, I sat right next to him, because he would always want my feeling on the music. So, I sort of feel that I know what Bill would have wanted. I still have quite a few tunes that were done in the studio that never came out. I am planning on releasing them in the future also. I feel that I should for the fans of Bill. And I am finding out now that he has quite a lot of fans.
"And that video is on DVD. I had sold about one hundred and fifty of the tapes, then people from Europe started asking about DVDs, so I now have those. I really didn't advertise other than the website. My daughter actually sells them on eBay for me now. We are out of the DVDs with the covers, so we are waiting to put the ad back on eBay. My daughter lives in Memphis and she helps me sell her dad's music and I give her a cut, it helps her out. Heck she was there for the lean times, when her dad was trying to make it as a blues musician. There were a lot of lean times."
"I have actually remarried, Clarke-Lodovici concludes. "I am married to another great harp player. My husband, Joe Lodovici was one of Bill's best friends. He actually has Bill's amp and plays through it. . Joe doesn't sing though. When Joe plays sometimes, it is almost like hearing Bill. It used to freak me out when I would come home from work and hear Joe playing... Even when he plays at a club sometimes I have to hide the tears....it's weird."
For information on either Now That You Are Gone, William Clarke :Live In Germany or The Early Years, Volume 1 & 2 email Jeanette Clarke-Lodovici at: firstname.lastname@example.org
William Clarke, Live In Germany (Watchdog, 2005)
William Clarke, The Hard Way (Alligator, 1996)
William Clarke, Groove Time (Alligator, 1994)
William Clarke, Serious Intentions (Alligator, 1992)
William Clarke, Blowin' Like Hell (Alligator, 1990)
William Clarke, Rockin' The Boat (Rivera, 1988)
William Clarke, Tip Of The Top (King Ace, 1987)
William Clarke, Can't You Hear Me Calling (Rivera, 1983)
William Clarke, Blues From Los Angeles (Hittin' Heavy, 1980)
William Clarke, Hittin' Heavy (Good Times, 1978)