Logos was formed in 1969 by guitarist/songwriter Bernie Chiaravalle and drummer Mitch Hinard in Santa Venetia. Mitch Hinard came up with name Logos which means “word, speech, account or reason.” Sounds cool but mostly they were looking for a good California sounding name as they were heavily influenced by Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Byrds and Poco at the time. Not long after the two started the band, John Lovrien joined playing bass and guitar and soon after Don McCleod and John Harrison came aboard on bass and keyboards.
Bernie Chiavevalle of Logos.
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Logos played many Marin venues like The Lions Share, The Sleeping Lady Cafe and Uncle Charlie’s. They shared the bill many times with Clover, The Sons of Champlin and Soundhole. Logos played together for 12 years through 1981. Band members changed here and there with players like Bill Burgess, David Obedio, Ross Bell, Michael Byrnes, John d’ Fonseca and Dan Dertoldi but the core of Bernie Chiaravalle and John Lovrien remained the same.
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Logos Fun Facts
• Quicksilver Messenger Service drummer Greg Elmore played for Logos for about a year in the early Eighties.
• John Lee Hooker once sat in with band.
• Logos opened for Larry Graham and Graham Central Station at the Orpheus Theater in SF.
• Logos played the Haight Street Fair in SF for 100,000 people in 1978.
• Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead produced some songs for Logos recorded at the infamous “Barn” in Novato, CA.
Where Are They Now?
* Bernie Chiaravalle continues his musical career having played with Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers) since 1988 and has 4 solo albums. He has lived in Nashville since 1998. You can purchase his music at CD Baby.
* John Lovrien lives in Florida and is a producer for a Christian television program.
* John Harrison still plays music and formed Tone Tubby speakers, used by many well known guitarists (including Bernie).
* Mitch Hinard now lives in Massachusetts.
* Michael Byrnes lives in Fresno and is a computer consultant.
* Don McCleod and John d'Fonseca have both passed on.