RIP Clarence Burke Jr., Lead Singer of the Five Stairsteps

Clarence Burke Jr dies

Clarence Burke Jr., lead singer and guitarist of the sibling group The Five Stairsteps died Sunday. Burke’s death, one day after he turned 64, was confirmed by his manager, Joe Marno.

The R&B group once regarded as “the first family of soul” were the precursor for sibling R&B groups such as The Jackson 5, The Sylvers and Brighter Side of Darkness.

The Five Stairsteps’s hits included “Ooh Child”, “World of Fantasy,” and “Don’t Change Your Love.”

Burke, the eldest brother, wrote the group’s songs and arranged their choreography. He was also a talented bassist.

His song, “You Waited Too Long” rose to No. 6 on Billboard’s R&B charts in 1966.



 


97 Responses to “RIP Clarence Burke Jr., Lead Singer of the Five Stairsteps”

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    luVn_liFe... says:

    :(
    May he and Mrs.Benjamin HoDO Rest in peace.

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    PumpkinsMama says:

    LuVieeeeeeeeeeee :yahoo:

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    Bombshell Esq says:

    <—– has 3 appointments with 3 different doctors tomorrow :no: This can't be life :wail:

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    PumpkinsMama says:

    Bomb n dem babies :happy: Gurl when you said Blimpies today, I died :rofl: Then I went online for the store locator… :kona: Blimpies used to be the “hood” favorite. F’ Subway !

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    Bombshell Esq says:

    Pumpkin :hugs: Guhl I ain’t had Blimpies in about 10yrs… found one though :yes:

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    PumpkinsMama says:

    :rofl: Yeah from the site…oops I mean yeah I heard there are a couple of them in the city :yes:

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    LSLH says:

    I love Soul Train! Saturday morning favorite. It made cleaning the house (before going to the mall) enjoyable. Then my mom and me would go shopping. Love The Five Stairsteps.

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    Chile Blimpie is still the spot, one of em over here got the nerve to have a drive thru :yes:

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    PumpkinsMama says:

    Jen and Bomb BBL :hi:

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    Diva says:

    :wave: hey heffas!

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    Bombshell Esq says:

    Diva :waves:

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    Bombshell Esq says:

    Lemme take my azz home before I find more work to do… G’night ya’ll :peace:

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    KrayZKat says:

    RIP to this brother, and RIP to the death of the good ole days of music. This group was one of the baddest on the scene.

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    MsB2u says:

    RIP Clarence

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    PumpkinsMama says:

    Divaaaaaaaaaa :kiss:

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    Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally says:

    Wowzers. Wasnt aware they sang this song (ooh child) :think: I wonder if they recorded it first :think: Off to google I go…RIP Clarence…

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    Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally says:

    At home I find myself…lost and all alone :wail:
    My man is playing the field…the thrill is gone
    He stays out all night, says hes with the boys :nono:
    But lipstick on his collar ((shouts to Barry O)) perfume on it too :eek:
    Tells me hes been lying…tell ya what Im gonna do——I’m gonna put it in the want ads :nun: this girls in misery
    Gonna put it in the want ads…somebody rescue me :nun:

    Nuthin like good old music :love:

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    :love: lawd yeen never lied Brenden, music has gone to hell :no:

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    PumpkinsMama says:

    …In a handbasket w/gasoline drawz on :wail:

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    thank god for youtube pumkyn :crying:

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    PumpkinsMama says:

    KeKe Wyatt REALLY is certifiable :eek:

    And Why Oh Why does her :gay: azz husband have his own show??? :blink: internet or otherwise

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    iAmChan says:

    RIP and all…..but The Five……Stairsteps? Out of all things you can chose 5 of tho, why Stairsteps?

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    BayMami_de4 says:

    RIP Clarence. Just listened to Danger She’s a Stranger. <3

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    NaijaGal says:

    At home I find myself…lost and all alone
    My man is playing the field…the thrill is gone
    He stays out all night, says hes with the boys
    But lipstick on his collar ((shouts to Barry O)) perfume on it too
    Tells me hes been lying…tell ya what Im gonna do——I’m gonna put it in the want ads this girls in misery
    Gonna put it in the want ads…somebody rescue me
    ========================================
    :whistle:
    extra, extra read all about it
    wanted, young man, single and free
    experience in love preferred
    but will accept a new trainee
    :danban:

    *btw if you know Mary Mary’s Heave they sampled a beat from this song*

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    Bootcampgirl says:

    RIP Clarence…3Stacks must not be a friend of the blog…RIP Mama 3Stacks…

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    OutsidetheBox says:

    RIP Mister. Long live your tunes. :headphone:

    @Chan, the kids might be “stairsteps” in age..

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    Milky says:

    Morning all :wave:

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    Bootcampgirl says:

    Hey Milky :waves:

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    Milky says:

    3stacks mama passed on his bday. :crying: RIP and :pray: for 3stacks

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    iAmChan says:

    @ OTB, I see.

    Good Morning yall. New Chronicles Post.

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    Diva says:

    Drake daddy looks like Cheech of Cheech and Chong!
    ——-
    What I instantly thought of! :rofl:

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    Bootcampgirl says:

    …or your breathe stinks… :ghost:

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    iAmChan says:

    @ Bootcamp….and how is your breath this morning maam? lol

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    Bootcampgirl says:

    So 3Stacks is supposed to be playing Jimi Hendrix in a upcoming movie and none of his music will be played in the movie..is that weird or is it just me?

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    Milky says:

    :cell: u aint hurd it from me, but I hurd some of yall roses and lurkers breath stank… Thats what I hurd.

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    Bootcampgirl says:

    @Chan, Minty fresh… :biggrin:

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    iAmChan says:

    lmao…..

    @ Milky, that is the finest invisible part that I have ever seen.

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    Bootcampgirl says:

    Anybody in here from the Bmore area? I plan on going there for my bday next month. We plan on staying by the IH, I just want to know if there’s any nice clubs that are close around..

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    Milky says:

    @chan thats what that is I thought it was air conditioning. :rofl:

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    iAmChan says:

    On my way the my VA appt! Pray for me fam!!! :nun:

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    A.J. says:

    Good Morning Sandra!!!! what a good day it is!

    Milky :kiss: I cant with the gravi straight Fire Marshall Bill in dis bish!
    Bootcamp :hug:
    Chan
    Razzle Dazzle :happy: sup babe
    Naija :yahoo:
    OTB whaddup tho
    Picka Picka!!

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    NaijaGal says:

    AJ my luv :hug:

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    Milky says:

    Sandrablog jeebsus pls b wit chan… :nun:

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    AlluringlySweet says:

    RIP Mr. Clarence and to 3Stacks mom. That is probably one of the hardest deaths to get over. Nothing like a mother’s love and support. Lord knows I miss mine and wish desperately to have her here. My prayers up for those left behind.

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    A.J. says:

    On my way the my VA appt! Pray for me fam!!!
    ___________
    Chan, I thought you had your breakthrough. They had church and stuff for you….

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    Bootcampgirl says:

    Hey A.J. :buttshake:

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    A.J. says:

    Morning Alluring!!

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    Milky says:

    Aj :kiss: whats up bew?

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    AlluringlySweet says:

    Morning AJ :hi: wishing a blessed and prosperous day!

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    A.J. says:

    Aj :kiss: whats up bew?<–that part of yours, straight Red Sea!! :lol:

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    AlluringlySweet says:

    *wishing you

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    MissTaken says:

    (Young Jeezy voice) RIP
    Why is it only 9 am :waiting;

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    A.J. says:

    Let’s just get to it…

    Who saw “Love Thy Neighbor” last night. I’m confused Oprah co-signed on this. :shrug:

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    Milky says:

    @alluring I feel u. I miss mine everyday esp when im sick. No one takes care of u like momma. Bring it in. :hug:

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    A.J. says:

    *wishing you
    ___________
    I got it and receive it. Thanks and likewise!!!!

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    Milky says:

    @ah I turned it off after five min.

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    NaijaGal says:

    Who saw “Love Thy Neighbor” last night. I’m confused Oprah co-signed on this.
    ============================
    *raises hand* but it was mostly watching me…it was horried…I was trying to figure out who the daughter was…feel like I’ve seen her in something else…she kind of favored Monique to me…I ain’t got chit but I won’t be watching again

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    Milky says:

    @aj

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    A.J. says:

    A toddler fell from the window of a Coweta County home Wednesday.

    The toddler fell from a second-floor window on Calico Loop in Granville, according to the county fire department. The child was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston for treatment.

    The condition of the child and the events leading up to the fall are unclear.
    ________________
    I just do not get it. How does this happen?

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    MissTaken says:

    Didnt see Love Thy Neighbor. I watches the first hour of the soap he created. Seems like he filmed a stage play. I will wait before I totally pass on it.i
    Morning All :hi:

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    A.J. says:

    @aj I turned it off after five min.
    _________________
    I started a recording series and don’t know how to cancel it. Gotta call Dish this weekend cuz it will not take up no mo space!!

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    Milky says:

    :hi: misstaken

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    AlluringlySweet says:

    Awww Milky :hug: Thanks AJ I need it long night and another one ahead. I’m going to bed. Ya’ll be blessed.

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    A.J. says:

    @Naija :cosign:

    @Taken :cosign:

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    MissTaken says:

    :offtopic: Anyone else hear about the Miami Heat player sneaking off to a apartment complex after homes games? They said he is cheating on girlfriend. Not fiancé. Sorry OTB :lol: DWade? Most of the other people have wives…..

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    LIght skinned girl with blondish hair is the chick from Big Girls with Monique and she played the big girl Malik was secretly dating back when The Game was good.

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    A.J. says:

    ATLANTA —

    Atlanta police say a car thief stole an SUV with a child in the back seat.

    The SUV was stolen Thursday morning, but the thief quickly noticed the child and dropped him off at 2325 Marietta Boulevard.

    Police said the child is fine and the SUV has been recovered. The thief is still at large.
    ______________
    Still not understanding why this keeps happening. Why do adults leave children in vehicles alone?? I say don’t have children if you don’t want them with you. :mad:

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    the girl with the dark hair is the chick that does the “sh*t beyonce/rihanna says*

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    Milky says:

    :cosign: aj

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    idk who the hispanic looking girl is but i can go looooook :pc:

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    A.J. says:

    ATLANTA —

    Atlanta police say a car thief stole an SUV with a child in the back seat.

    The SUV was stolen Thursday morning, but the thief quickly noticed the child and dropped him off at 2325 Marietta Boulevard.

    Police said the child is fine and the SUV has been recovered. The thief is still at large.
    ______________
    Still not understanding why this keeps happening. Why do adults leave children in vehicles alone?? I say don’t have children if you don’t want them with you.
    ———
    Small children are not dogs. You cant leave them in the car with the window cracked. Some people don’t eem do that. :no:

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    Nakeya_j says:

    Morning Roses. What’s going on? Did anyone watch R&B Divas?

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    A.J. says:

    Small children are not dogs. You cant leave them in the car with the window cracked. Some people don’t eem do that.
    ___________
    Plus, the robbers do not want other people chirren. Just the vehicle. Hell they aint taking care of their own chirren.

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    the hispanic chick is Columbian, I guess she’s been getting parts in low advertised/low budget/straight to dvd movies like Hostel 3 (i didn’t even know they went that far…) Boy wonder, Feel the NOise, Illegal Tender, and Fighting.

    Glad she on the “come up” with Tyla Purry.

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    A.J. says:

    Small children are not dogs. You cant leave them in the car with the window cracked. Some people don’t eem do that.
    ___________
    Plus, the robbers do not want other people chirren. Just the vehicle. Hell they aint taking care of their own chirren.
    ———–
    Right, what they look like getting kidnap charges when they got mouths they trying to feed acid too :lol:

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    MsB2u says:

    good morning everybody
    :waves:

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    A.J. says:

    MsB wassup

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    Milky says:

    :hi: msb

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    A.J. says:

    Morning Roses. What’s going on? Did anyone watch R&B Divas?
    ________________
    Morning Nakeya!! How was it?

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    A.J. says:

    Bnat morning

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    NaijaGal says:

    RAZZLE – thanks girl…I knew I saw her face before

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    We have to take a suiced course on the computer once a year…why they have ceelo’s double narrating the story line? This is so distracting. I keep waiting on him to break out in song… “I see ya drivin round town with the girl I love and I’m like EFF YEEEEEEEEEEEEEW!”

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    Nakeya_j says:

    @AJ I did not watch it. I don’t like the chick from Brownstone. She irks me. I’d rather hear what happened from yall.

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    A.J. says:

    We have to take a suiced course on the computer once a year…
    __________
    Wow bet that’s interesting :tea:

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    Milky says:

    Mornin :wave:
    Bnatural
    Keya

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    A.J. says:

    @AJ I did not watch it. I don’t like the chick from Brownstone.
    ________________
    She still on there looking like Easter Sunday? I do not watch R&B Diva’s.

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    AJ- they are trying so hard to relate to the younger generation. I’d rather sit in an all call than take the CBT. This course (since they changed it again) is based off some dude moping over his pank toe and he’s being investigated for some legal issues by OSI.

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    hell give me death by power point instead of these darn CBTs :wail:

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    A.J. says:

    :newtopic:

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    A.J. says:

    hell give me death by power point instead of these darn CBTs
    _____________
    :rofl: not by power point tho.

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