Five Stairsteps Singer Clarence Burke Jr. Dies

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  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clarence Burke Jr., lead singer of the group the Five Stairsteps that sang the 1970 hit “O-o-h Child,” has died. He was 64.

    Burke died on Sunday — a day after his birthday — in Marietta, Ga., where he lived, said Joe Marno, his friend and manager.

    The cause of his death was not disclosed.

    Formed in Chicago in 1965, the Five Stairsteps included Burke, three of his brothers and a sister. They owed their name to their mother, who said that they looked like stairsteps when they stood beside each other in order of age, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    Burke, the eldest brother, was the group’s producer and choreographer, played guitar and wrote many of the songs. He wrote the group’s first single, “You Waited Too Long.” He was not yet 17 when it rose to No. 6 on Billboard’s R&B charts in 1966.

    Other hits included “World of Fantasy,” ”Don’t Change Your Love” and “From Us to You.”

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    6 thoughts on “Five Stairsteps Singer Clarence Burke Jr. Dies

    1. Per your comment on the Photo, I must correct you on your identification of Clarence Burke Jr. as being the one seated, Clarence Burke Jr. is the one standing behind sister Alohe, with the patch over his eye, and Kenneth “Keni” Burke is the one seated.

    2. the five stairsteps were so smooth in their sound. i’m sure the Sylvers were influenced with their sound. the harmonies were tight! beautiful music!

    3. Funny how the Five Stairsteps didn’t take off like the Jackson 5, especially with their associations with people like Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions, Billy Preston, & George Harrison. Ooh Child was a HUGE hit in the 1970′s, this song should’ve sent them to the stars. But it didn’t.

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