William Clarke Remembered

William Clarke was the epitome of the post George “Harmonica” Smith West Coast harmonica style. His huge harmonica tone and unapologetic intensity made him stand out among his peers. He passed away at the young age of 45 on November 2nd, 1996. He is considered legendary for his amazing performances and great recordings. Special thanks to his widow, Jeanette Clarke-Lodivici for sharing many of the photos included on this page which also appear on the “William Clarke Remembered” Facebook fan page.

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William Clarke Promo Photo
(Photo Courtesy of Jeanette Clarke-Lodivici)

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This flyer is from William Clarke’s last Phoenix show at The Rhythm Room in September of 1996. Bob Corritore booked William at The Rhythm Room often. This show was completely on fire!

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Album Cover for The William Clarke Blues Band Rockin The Boat LP
(Photo Courtesy of Jeanette Clarke-Lodivici)

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William Clarke With Sweet Lovin’ Daddy & Shakey Jane
(Photo Courtesy of Jeanette Clarke-Lodivici)

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William Clarke’s Fender Bassman Amplifier
(Photo Courtesy of Jeanette Clarke-Lodivici)

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Photo Collage of William Clarke
(Photo Courtesy of Jeanette Clarke-Lodivici)

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Troyce Key, Steve F’Dor, Eddie Clark, Alex Schultz, Willie Brinlee, William Clarke, Mitch Kashmar
Eli’s in Oakland, CA – 1988
(Photo Courtesy of Mitch Kashmar)

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William Clarke LP Cover
(Photo Courtesy of Jeanette Clarke-Lodivici)

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William & Jeanette Clarke on Their Wedding Day!
(Photo Courtesy of Jeanette Clarke-Lodivici)

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William Clarke Band Publicity Photo
(Photo Courtesy of Jeanette Clarke-Lodivici)

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Teacher & Student: George “Harmonica” Smith & William Clarke
(Photo Courtesy of Jeanette Clarke-Lodivici)

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William Clarke
(Photo Courtesy of Jeanette Clarke-Lodivici)

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Shakey Jane, Smokey Wilson, and William Clarke at The Pioneer Club
This photo appeared on the cover of the LP Hittin’ Heavy.
(Photo Courtesy of Jeanette Clarke-Lodivici)

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William Clarke With His Daughter Gina
(Photo Courtesy of Jeanette Clarke-Lodivici)

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William Clarke & Robert Lockwood, Jr.
(Photo Courtesy of Jeanette Clarke-Lodivici)

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Lazy Lester, Mojo Buford, William Clarke
(Photo Courtesy of Jeanette Clarke-Lodivici)

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William Clarke
(Photo Courtesy of Jeanette Clarke-Lodivici)

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William Clarke
(Photo Courtesy of Jeanette Clarke-Lodivici)

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