'Love Potion No. 9' singer sues over Clovers' name

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 4 at 6:04 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harold Winley performed the hit song "Love Potion No. 9" with the R&B group The Clovers more than a half-century ago, but now the 80-year-old says another group is trying to keep him from performing using the Clovers name.

Winley, now a Florida resident, says he was in his teens when he and four others started performing as The Clovers in the Washington area. The group played at the city's Apollo Theater, eventually signed with Atlantic Records and celebrated when "Love Potion No. 9" became their biggest hit in 1959.

Two groups later performed as The Clovers, including one that trademarked the name in the 1980s. A dispute led to the lawsuit that was filed earlier this year in Washington. Both sides will meet Monday to try to work things out.

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