|Clarence Burke Jr.|
He was 62, according to VVN Music.
The original Five Stairsteps were made up of five of the children of Betty and Clarence Burke, Sr., Clarence, Jr., James, Dennis, Kenneth and daughter Alohe. They started in 1958 with their father as their manager and playing bass in their band and played around their hometown of
until winning a talent contest at the Regal Theater.
Record companies came forward with the winner being Curtis Mayfield and his
moved to Buddah
Records, Clarence, Jr. took over the production and the family's young brother,
Cubie, was added, making the group. Windy
In the spring of 1970, the group released their biggest hit O-o-h Child, which only made it to number 8 on the Pop chart and 14 on R&B but has gone on to become one of the most loved R&B singles from the 70's.