New Zealand born Gaye Brown and her brothers Ron and Graham formed their own group "The Clevedonaires" after adding local lad Milton Lane (rhythm guitar) ca. 1964. The band's name was taken from their home town of Clevedon, just south of Auckland. Lane was replaced by Rob Aicken a few months later.
In 1966 Auckland promoter Benny Levin signed them to his Impact label and released 4 singles 'til 1968.
Now renamed The Cleves, they were one of several polished Sydney pop bands of the period who featured tight harmonies, sophisticated arrangements and relatively light, pop-oriented repertoire. In 1969 the group signed with Festival and issued two singles and two EPs. EP <Music from Michael> released from Festival's newly 'prog' subsidiary label, Infinity in 1970.
By this time the band was heading in a more progressive musical direction, and they recorded their highly regarded LP, produced by Richard Batchens, in late 1970.
After the album came out The Cleves were joined for a short time by guitarist Vince Meloney (ex-Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, Bee Gees, Fanny Adams). Not long after, Ace Follington (ex-Chain, Country Radio) subsequently replaced Graham Brown on drums. In October 1971, The Cleves moved to the UK (minus Meloney who had by then formed Flite with Leo De Castro) where they became known as Bitch.
Cleves Discography Tracks
|Cleves||Cleves (Album)||Infinity, Infinity||Australia||1971||Sell This Version|
Singles & EPs
|The Cleves*||Sticks And Stones (Single)||Festival Records Pty. Ltd.||Australia||1969||Sell This Version|
|The Cleves*||You And Me (Single)||Festival Records Pty. Ltd.||New Zealand||1970||Sell This Version|
|MX-36307||The Cleves*||A Taste Of Energy (7", EP)||Festival Custom Recording||MX-36307||Australia||1970||Sell This Version|
|INX-11,736||The Cleves*||Music From 'Michael' (7", EP)||Infinity||INX-11,736||Australia||1970||Sell This Version|
|VHK-4315||Donnie Sutherland With The Cleves*||Donnie Sutherland With The Cleves* - Bonnie, Bonnie, Bonnie (7")||Violets Holiday||VHK-4315||Australia||1971||Sell This Version|
|RGLP007||Bitch (9) / Cleves||Bitch (9) / Cleves - Bitch / Cleves (LP, Album + LP, Album + Comp)||Real Groovy Records, Frenzy Music||RGLP007||New Zealand||2015||Sell This Version|