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Clarence Burke Jr.

Clarence Burke Jr. in 1966 (Getty Images / Redferns / Gilles Petard)
Clarence Burke Jr. in 1966 (Getty Images / Redferns / Gilles Petard)

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April 06, 2015 "God bless the Burke family, as Clarence rests in the arms of our creator. I met Clarence, and family many years ago as a musician myself. The father was a firm, but kind gentleman the kids were so well mannered. Clarence and I hung around a little and he was so well mannered and a pleasure to be around...God bless you my brother, and may god keep all in your family.

Clennis High" - Clennis High (Houston, TX)
February 13, 2015 "Please forgive me family i mistakingly used the name john when I meant Clarence. Don't know how this happened but nevertheless I loved the man and truly were amazed by his talents and personality. This brother was a class act on a sho nuf real tip. Again please forgive the name mistake." - Albert Suggs Jr. (columbus, GA)
February 11, 2015 "Years ago the five stair steps came to Columbus ga and to see them perform was like magic. After the show john struck up a conversation with me as he and I walked through the arena. I was in awe to see that john were so down to earth. All the girls and the guys were starring at us, my stock went up and knowing john has passed deeply sadden me. To his parents and sibling I send my condolences and thank you family for sharing your awesome son/ brother with the world. I loved him, R.I.P kind soul" - al Suggs Jr. (columbus, GA)
February 11, 2015 "I am so heartbroken to hear of the death of Clarence Burke Jr. Your music was the songtrack of our lives! We could identify with your group and your music! A beautiful positive black family! Clarence was my teenage heartthrob!!! I am so saddened that there will not be an opportunity to hear you again in person! Also, I am saddened to hear of the passing of younger brother Cubie. My condolences to your familes! Please know you are loved and don't stop making music or appearances because many loyal fans out here love you and long for your music. The Five Stairsteps never received the recognition you deserved." - Sheree Davis (St Louis, MO)
December 07, 2014 "RIP my friend. From the days of the Uptown theater with Georgie Woods and Jimmy Bishop.....may this candle reflect the light you allowed to be shown through your inspired songs....The first family of Soul! Sorry for your loss. Love to the family....." - Arlene Daniels-Knapper-Caesar (Philadelphia, PA)
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Clarence Burke Jr., the lead singer of the Five Stairsteps, a sibling rhythm-and-blues group that had its best-known hit in 1970 with “O-o-h Child,”...
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