|Birth: ||May 25, 1949|
|Death: ||May 26, 2013|
Singer. Best known as the lead vocalist of the R&B music ensemble The Five Stairsteps. They will be best remembered for their gold single "O-o-h Child" (1970). The son and one of five children born to a Chicago detective, his father Clarence Burke, Sr. recognized the musical talents of his off-springs for which led to the formation of the group. He would serve as their manager while contributing instrumentally. The name The Five Stairsteps is thought to be derived as a result of how the siblings looked when the stood together from shortest to tallest resembling stairs. After achieving attention from a local contest, they came under the guidance of Curtis Mayfield. After signing with his Windy City label, they yielded several R&B Chart placings beginning with the single "You Waited Too Long". Their million-selling "O-o-h Child" reached number eight on the Pop Charts in 1970. After the group's disbanding during the early 1970s, he became associated with George Harrison's Dark Horse label and Billy Preston. Later in the decade, co-formed The Invisible Man's Band along with his brothers James and Kenny and enjoyed success from their disco-oriented single "All Night Thing" (1980) which earned a Top Ten position on the R&B Charts. Burke remained an active performer in recent years prior to his death. (bio by: C.S.)
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Record added: May 26, 2013
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