Clarence Burke Jr. – The Five Stairsteps Lead Singer Dead

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The Five Stairsteps Singer is Dead

Clarence Burke Jr. the lead singer, choreographer, and guitarist of the very popular ’70s soul group The Five Stairsteps, recently passed away from an undisclosed cause at age 62.

Burke was the lead singer of the group that hailed out of Chicago and consisted of five of his six siblings: Alohe Jean, Clarence Jr., James, Dennis, Kenneth or “Keni,” and briefly, Cubie.

The group, which oftentimes was referred to as ‘The First Family of Soul,” had a vocal sound that was comforting and mellow and this was very much evident in their 1970 hit “O-o-h Child” that got up to No. 392 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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  1. I heard that song on my oldies station the other day and wondered what happened to them. Wow. My condolences to the family.

  2. I LOVE HIM LIKE A BROTHER, ARE SONGS WAS A PART OF YOU. ARE SOUND WAS FROM YOU. BECAUSE OF YOU THE FAMILY CIRCLE LP. WILL TURN GOLD.BECAUSE OF YOU, YOU LIKE IN ME FOREVER. LOVE YOU BRO. R.I.P BILL SIMMONS.

  3. R.I.P. They were a very tight group, man. I think he also went on to lead “The Invisible Man Band”, with her siblings. They had that big dance hit,”All Night Thing”.

  4. Clarence was my family and dearest of friends. last time we talked we were talking about performing together again and he had high hopes of performing with his brothers again. Thank you Clarence for your being a mentor, a brother and a friend. You will be missed and my hope is that I will see you and sing again with you in heaven.

    Sincerely,
    Charles leader of Family Circle

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