Five Stairsteps’ Clarence Burke Jr. Dies — Singer of Hit “O-o-h Child”
We're hoping that things are gonna get easier for the loved ones of a certain singer.
Clarence Burke Jr., singer of the group the Five Stairsteps, died on May 27 at age 64, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The cause of his death is not known at this time.
Clarence died on the day after his birthday in Marietta, Georgia, where he lived.
The Five Stairsteps were formed in 1965 and consisted of Clarence, his three brothers, and a sister. They were so named because their mom would say they looked like stairsteps when they stood side-by-side in order of age.
Clarence was the oldest brother and was the group's producer, choreographer, guitarist, and wrote many of their songs. He wrote their first single, "You Waited Too Long," when he was 17, which hit number six of the R&B charts in 1966.
The group's biggest hit was "O-o-h Child" in 1970, written by Stan Vincent. The songs is known for the refrain, "O-o-h, child, things are gonna get easier."
The song ranks at number 402 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
The group split up in the late '70s, but the brothers got back together for a bit in the '80s as the Invisible Man’s Band and had some dance hits.
Recently, Clarence has performed solo concerts and continued to record music. He is survived by his wife, his five bandmate siblings, his five children, and several grandchildren.
Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.