By Bob Wellington



Surf Ballroom Lounge, Clear Lake, Iowa, February 4, 2010:  Well gang, I was fortunate enough to witness another performance by Alan Clark and the Classics!  As usual, it was freezing cold outside, but things were quite different inside as the standing room only crowd rocked along to Alan's music. This year, Alan's band featured an all Oklahoma line-up that included Graham Pugh (guitar), John Reagan (bass) and Will Reagan (drums).

Alan launched his "Tribute To Eddie Cochran" show with a driving version of "C'mon Everybody" followed by  "Twenty Flight Rock" and included  other Eddie favorites such as "Three Steps To Heaven", "Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie", "Something Else" and of course, "Summertime Blues".  For variety, Alan Interspersed some originals (Rockabilly Man, Rock and Roll, Here Comes The Weekend, to name a few) along with some  Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper and Gene Vincent.  All were well received by an enthusiastic audience.  The surprise of the day came when Alan performed an almost forgotten track, Charlie Gracie's "Fabulous".  Like the title, it was fabulous!   I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Freddy Cannon was in the audience tapping his feet and grooving to the music!  Tommy Allsup was there as well and commented that he was impressed with the show.

This was Alan's fourth consecutive year at the Surf.  His high energy and humor have made him a favorite there. One cannot help but notice that the music he plays comes from the heart. Rock on, Alan!
  Bob Wellington is a published writer and critic.