Clear Lake Iowa, February 4, 2012
A Review by Geoff Summers

For this reporter, the highlight of the Clear Lake 2012 experience was a side event that took place at the Clear Lake Arts Center on Saturday afternoon. It was there that I saw Alan Clark and his band deliver a raw, high energy performance of good ol’ Rock n’ Roll! Clark, who was not shy about revealing his 68 years on the planet, came across with more energy and enthusiasm than someone half his age!

The show, billed as a Tribute to Eddie Cochran, featured familiar numbers such as Summertime Blues and Come on Everybody as well as some you would not expect to hear. For variety, Clark added some Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and Beatles to the mix! It was simply delightful!


Toward the end of the programme, Clark was joined on stage by Mario Ramirez on harmonica for a high impact rendition of Johnny B. Goode that brought the audience to its feet. Ramirez is the younger brother of Ritchie Valens. I also had the pleasure of meeting the Valens family while there. If you ever get a chance to see Alan Clark live, do it – you won’t be disappointed!

Clark was born in Kansas (USA) and moved to California at a young age. His influences included Elvis, Gene Vincent and his idol, Eddie Cochran. He later went on to form his own band and write his own material. He has also worked with many well-known artists over the years.

In addition to his musical talents, Clark has produced a number of well written books that belong in every music enthusiast’s collection. His latest work The Life and Times of The Big Bopper is a must read!

You can find more about Alan on his website

Geoff Summers