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Oooh Child...Things are gonna to get easier
R.I.P - Clarence Burke Jr (1949 - 2013)

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Music Video > "O-o-h Child" by Five Stairsteps


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, according to his friend and manager Joe Marno.

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."

However, the group's biggest hit was 1970's "O-o-h Child," written by Stan Vincent. Its signature refrain croons "o-o-h child" and promises that "things are gonna get easier."

The song has been covered many times and has repeatedly been used in movies and TV shows.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked it No. 402 on its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

The group disbanded in the late 1970s but the brothers briefly reformed as the Invisible Man's Band and had a 1980 success with the dance single "All Night Thing."

In recent years, Burke performed solo concerts and continued to record with family and friends, according to a family memorial.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57586736/o-o-h-child-singer-clarence-burke-jr-dies/

Ooh-oo child

Things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child
Things'll get brighter
Ooh-oo child
Things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child
Things'll get brighter

Some day, yeah
We'll get it together and we'll get it all done
Some day
When your head is much lighter
Some day, yeah
We'll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Some day
When the world is much brighter

| Closed on 06/29/13 at 05:00PM
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15 Fans 
47%a. 10 (Great Song)
33%b. 7-9 (Good Song)
7%c. 5-6 (Ok Song)
7%d. 1-4 - Never heard of it
7%e. R.I.P

  
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#1 | 427 days ago

The First Family of Soul------way before the Jackson 5 ----and forthose who have no idea who they were think of Tupac's " Keep Ya Head Up"- that's where got his theme from!!!!
10 (Great Song)  
#2 | 427 days ago

It's a nice song.
7-9 (Good Song)  
#3 | 427 days ago
Nick__ (+)

I have fond memories of my early childhood years from this song!
7-9 (Good Song)  
#4 | 427 days ago

damn shame. 
#5 | 427 days ago

You know, I was singing this song in my head today when things were kinda sh***y.  I had no idea he had passed away.  It is still one of my favorite songs - my dad used to sing it to me when I was young and would cry my eyes out over trivial things.  
10 (Great Song)  
#6 | 426 days ago

10 (Great Song)  

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