867-5309 Jenny, The Song That Saved Me

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Alex Call has been a hit recording artist and songwriter for over thirty years. His muse is legendary in the industry, and his songs have become musical icons of American pop culture. His expansive repertoire of Billboard Hot 100 hits includes:

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Overview

Alex Call has been a hit recording artist and songwriter for over thirty years. His muse is legendary in the industry, and his songs have become musical icons of American pop culture. His expansive repertoire of Billboard Hot 100 hits includes:

867-5309/Jenny by Tommy Tutone

Power of Love by Huey Lewis and the News

Perfect World by Huey Lewis and the News

Little Too Late by Pat Benatar

Just Take My Heart by Mr. Big

New Romeo by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Dukes

Alex was lead singer in the San Francisco cult-fave Country-rock band Clover, along with Huey Lewis and John McFee. Clover was the band on Elvis Costello's first hit album, My Aim is True. Alex has been a recording artist for Arista Records, Mercury Records, and Fantasy Records. The video of his Arista single, "Just Another Saturday Night" graced the early days of MTV. His songs are featured in Movies and TV, and have served as branding for numerous national ad campaigns.

867-5309/Jenny continues to be a ubiquitous icon of the 80's ensconced at number four on VH1's Hits of the 80's. It has been featured on over forty compilation CD's with Power of Love close behind.

In addition to writing music, lyrics, and fiction novels, Alex produces sessions, and performs as a solo act or with his band in cities across the US. He is a member of the Studer Group's (a healthcare company) speakers' bureau for his work with music and healthcare.

Alex is an avid student of history, spirituality, and politics. He was strongly influenced early in life by the anthropologists who taught at Verde Valley School in Sedona, AZ. Alex is a fly fisherman, a baseball player, fan, and coach. A San Francisco native, Alex loves the wide-open spaces of the Southwest and the Rockies, and has lived and worked in London, Los Angeles, and Montana.

Mr. Call currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and son and is busy crafting his next novel.

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Joel Selvin
"867-5309" is in the 415 area code. As a member of the venerated Clover, Alex Call was one of the original Marin County rockers. With the hits he wrote for Tommy Tutone and Huey Lewis and the News, he introduced those darn hippies to modern rock. Call sings 'em like he writes 'em — smooth and soulful. One of the best kept secrets of the San Francisco music scene. (Joel Selvin, pop music critic, San Francisco Chronicle, author of ,"Smartass: The Music Journalism of Joel Selvin," and co-writer of Sammy Hagar's new book, Red, My Uncensored Life in Rock)
Eric Detzer
Congratulations old friend. I'm sure you are very excited, but I never doubted for a moment that your book would be picked up quickly. You not only have a good story to tell . . . you are a master with prose. I can't offhand think of a better writer. (Eric Detzer, author of Poppies: Odyssey of an Opium Eater)
Elvis Costello
You've written a vivid, honest feeling memoir. Alex and his Clover colleagues were once almost-mythical figures on a record sleeve to me. This book fills in the human story between those photographs and the guys I got to know at the very start of my career and those I am still happy to call my friends. Read this and you'll realize, music has been a passport, an occasional alibi and something to catch you when you fall. (Elvis Costello)
Jeff Watson
From his early days in the band Clover with Huey Lewis, John McFee and the lads, to his amazing solo career, Alex has always had the gift of words to accompany his incredible voice. Now he's used that gift to pen an incredible new book that reveals more of his storytelling genius! (Jeff Watson, Night Ranger, Mother's Army, Dennis DeYoung. Chris Issak)
Huey Lewis
Alex drives his story straight through the heart of rock'n'roll! (Huey Lewis)
Dave Robinson
Alex Call, a unique singer of a seminal band Clover who gave the inspiration to change the way things are done. (Dave Robinson, Founder Stiff Records)
John McFee
My old friend and colleague Alex has captured the essence of what it was like to be in a band in a van back in the good old days of 60's. 70's, and 80's rock. We had some good times and some hard times, too. Alex and I used to sit facing backwards in the back seat of our station wagon as we drove from gig to gig. (John McFee, lead guitarist, Doobie Brothers)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936185559
  • Publisher: Charles River Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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Elvis Costello

You've written a vivid, honest feeling memoir .Alex and his Clover colleagues were once almost-mythical figures on a record sleeve to me.

This book fills in the human story between those photographs and the guys I got to know at the very start of my career and those I am still happy to call my friends. Read this and you'll realize, music has been a passport, an occasional alibi and something to catch you when you fall.

Dave Robinson, Founder Stiff Records

Alex Call, a unique singer of a seminal band Clover who gave the inspiration to change the way things are done.

Huey Lewis

Alex drives his story straight through the heart of rock?n?roll!

Eric Detzer, author of Poppies: Odyssey of an Opium Eater Congratulations old friend. I'm sure you are very excited, but I never doubted for a moment that your book would be picked up quickly. You not only have a good story to tell . . . you are a master with prose.

I can't offhand think of a better writer.

John McFee, lead guitarist, Doobie Brothers My old friend and colleague Alex has captured the essence of what it was like to be in a band in a van back in the good old days of 60?s.

70?s, and 80?s rock. We had some good times and some hard times, too.

Alex and I used to sit facing backwards in the back seat of our station wagon as we drove from gig to gig.

Jeff Watson, Night Ranger, Mother?s Army, Dennis DeYoung. Chris Issak "From his early days in the band Clover with Huey Lewis, John McFee and the lads, to his amazing solo career, Alex has always had the gift of words to accompany his incredible voice. Now he's used that gift to pen an incredible new book that reveals more of his storytelling genius!"

Joel Selvin, pop music critic, San Francisco Chronicle, author of

,?Smartass: The Music Journalism of Joel Selvin,?

"867-5309" is in the 415 area code. As a member of the venerated Clover, Alex Call was one of the original Marin County rockers. With the hits he wrote for Tommy Tutone and Huey Lewis and the News, he introduced those darn hippies to modern rock. Call sings 'em like he writes 'em -- smooth and soulful. One of the best kept secrets of the San Francisco music scene.

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

    You know the song, now read the stories.....

    Alex Call is not a household name but his music is known by almost all. From the title of his book to songs written for many others including Huey Lewis, Alex takes you on a journey that is a great read.

    Don't miss his cross country press tour where he will meet and greet people as well as play a few songs. Check his website out for more info.

    alexcall DOT net

    Enjoy!

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