The Dovers were an American garage rock band of the mid-1960s. The Dovers were an example of mid-1960s folk rock and pop, heavily influenced by the British Invasion and American groups such as The Byrds.
The Dovers were from Santa Barbara, California, and started their band under the name The Vandells. They began their recording career as The Dovers in 1965 with the Miramar Records release "She's Gone"/"What Am I Going To Do?," which reportedly was a minor hit in the Santa Barbara–Ventura County area. Three singles followed in late 1965 and early 1966, showing The Dovers' interest in folk and pop; none of their four singles met with national success, and The Dovers broke up shortly afterward.
The group recorded a total of four singles for Miramar:
- "She's Gone" / "What Am I Going To Do?" (Miramar 118, September 1965);
- "I Could Be Happy" / "People Ask Me Why" (Miramar 121, November 1965, also released as Reprise 0439, December 1965);
- "The Third Eye" / "Your Love" (Miramar 123, April 1966)
- "She's Not Just Anybody" / "About Me" (Miramar 124, May 1966)
The Dovers went largely unnoticed by music collectors until garage rock compilation albums were released in the late 1970s and early 1980s. A cult following developed around the group, who became known among collectors for their catchy songs and wistful vocals. "What Am I Going To Do" is available on Rhino Records' Nuggets box set. "She's Gone" is given on Pebbles, Volume 2, while "She's Not Just Anybody" is available on Pebbles 8, Southern California 1. The group's original bass player, Laudewig, died in the 1980s.
The Dovers were:
- Bruce Clawson (guitar)
- Tim Granada (guitar, vocals)
- Robbie Laudewig (bass)
- Rick Morinini (drums, singles 1–2)
- Randy Busby (drums, singles 3–4)
- Tony Rivas (saxophone, tambourine, backing vocals)
- Nick Hoffman (guitar, replaced Clawson)
In 2007 Jawbone Press published Riot on the Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood (ISBN 978-1-906002-04-6) by Domenic Priore. The book featured a few pages on the history of The Dovers, including a rare interview with Tim Granada.
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