STEVE CLARK



Steve picked up his first pair of drum sticks in Junior High school under the leadership of his band teacher, Marvin Brown (who played trumpet with big band artist Charlie Barnet). He took his first drum lessons with Glen Harvey, who soon directed him to other local professionals, Ross Pollack and Ted Carmely. Steve later studied with Hank Bellson, Richie LaPore and Jim Chapin. His early influences also include Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and Sandy Nelson.

Steve soon began playing with various 'garage-type' bands in the Los Angeles area including The Blu-Sleeves, The Source, Life and Blue Midnight. Blue Midnight also included singer Martin Margulies (aka Johnny Legend) and songwriters Jay Phillips, Lon Osgood and Peter Cicero.

By the summer of 1974, Steve was playing shows with The Rollin' Rock Rebels, the Saturday night house band at Myron's Ballroom in downtown Los Angeles, CA. These shows, billed as the "All-Nite 1950's Dance: Rock 'n' Roll Graffiti", featured performers who eventually made up the stable of Rollin' Rock Records artists including Ray Campi, Johnny Legend, Tony Conn, Jack Waukeen Cochran, Billy Zoom, Colin Winski, Chuck Higgins and Doodles Weaver.



In 1976, Steve formally joined the original Ray Campi and his Rockabilly Rebels contributing not only drumming, but also backup vocals. The original group consisted of Ray on stand-up bass, slide guitar and lead vocals, Jerry Sikorski on lead guitar, stand-up bass and vocals, Billy Zoom (of X) on lead guitar, vocals and Colin Winski on vocals and rhythm guitar.

The Rockabilly Rebels went through several transitions. Billy Zoom was replaced by Kevin Olsen and later, Kevin was replaced by John Blair (of Jon and the Nightriders) on second lead guitar, and by 1977, this Ray Campi and his Rockabilly Rebels recorded "Born To Rock" for Rollin' Rock Records, produced by Ronny Weiser.

During this time, Steve was drumming on recordings by other Rollin' Rock artists as well, including Jackie Lee "Waukeen" Cochran, Mac Curtis, Johnny Legend, John Blair, Dan Sawyer and Cort Murray. He also played drums on the Rhino Records EP release, "Blassie, King Of Men," by former pro-wrestler, Fred Blassie. One track, "Pencil Neck Geek," (written by Johnny Legend and Peter Cicero and also featured Jay Phillips and Lon Osgood) has gone on to become a Dr. Demento classic.

"Wildcat Shakeout," produced by Ron Weiser and Ray Campi, was recorded in 1978. It was released in England, on the Warner Brothers Records subsidiary label, Radar Records. The title track, "Wildcat Shakeout" was co-written by Steve with Jerry Sikorski and Colin Winski. Kevin Fennell had replaced John Blair. They toured England to promote the release.

Ray Campi and his Rockabilly Rebels were featured in two major rockabilly documentaries: Blue Suede Shoes (along with Gene Vincent, Bill Haley and Eddie Cochran) and more recently, Rebel Beat - The Story of L.A. Rockabilly.

Soon after returning from England, and after fulfilling a prior commitment of shows on the West Coast from L.A. to Vancouver, B.C., the Rockabilly Rebels splintered, with Ray and Kevin going on with new members and Steve, Jerry and Colin reorganizing as The Rebels.



Ken Jacobs (Motels, Candye Kane) joined the Rebels on bass and background vocals, and Richard Levinsohn on guitar. The Rebels opened for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Clash, Black Oak Arkansas and Judas Priest. They shared the bill with such acts as Joe Ely and The Cramps. Back in L.A., The Rebels also provided back up for Chuck E. Weiss on various recording projects co-produced by Ricky Lee Jones, Dr. John and Tom Waits. The Rebels disbanded in late 1979.

In the very early part of 1980, Colin Winski, as a solo artist, was picked up by Takoma Records and recorded the LP, "Rock Therapy," produced by Denny Bruce. The core of The Rebels, Jerry Sikorski, Ken Jacobs and Steve were featured on two songs, "Burning Desire" and "Love Me."

The better part of the 1980's saw Steve temporarily stepping out of the music business to raise his son. After 1987, he joined up for short stints with several bands including American Patrol, Florida Slim and The Hurricanes, and The Roadhouse Band.



In November 1993, Steve provided drums and percussion on The RocKats CD, "Downtown Saturday Night." It was released in Japan April 1994, on the Jimco Records label. That summer, Steve toured Japan with the RocKats to promote its release.

After returning from the tour in Japan, Steve, with his family, moved to the Seattle, WA area where he built a full-time business teaching drums, playing the pit for local musicals including "HAIR" and "Footloose", and backing other local musicians.

In 2006, Steve (along with Billy Vera) was a contributing editor of The Ultimate History of Rock 'n' Roll Drumming written by drummer Daniel Glass of Royal Crown Revue.

Today Steve and family reside in Las Vegas, NV where he continues to teach and perform. He is the current facilitator of the Las Vegas House of Blues Foundation 'Make An Impression Drum Program'.



For more information, check out his discography: AMG-All Media Guide-All Music, Inc. - Search: Steve Clark [drums] or
http://members.ispwest.com/lfclark/disc.htm




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