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    James Burke, Five Stairsteps Singer Who Crooned ‘O-o-h Child,’ Dead at 70

    James Burke, a member of the classic Chicago soul group the Five Stairsteps died last Friday, February 19th. He was 70. Burke’s brother and bandmate, Dennis Burke, confirmed James’ death to Rolling Stone, adding that the cause was pneumonia but unrelated to Covid-19 complications.
    Formed in the mid-1960s, the Five Stairsteps scored a string of hits, including their 1970 classic “O-o-h Child,” to earn the moniker, “the First Family of Soul.” Burke family patriarch, Clarence Burke, Sr., a former Chicago police detective, formed and managed the group, which consisted of his four sons, Clarence Jr., James, Dennis and Keni, and daughter, Alohe. The band’s name came from their mother, Betty, who said her children resembled a staircase when lined-up by age and height.
    Dennis remembered James as “very creative” — a guitarist, songwriter and singer, who, along with Clarence Jr., served as the anchor of the Five Stairsteps. “They really had a focus on the music that helped to bring us all together into the industry,” he said.

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    James Burke, Five Stairsteps Singer, Dead at 70 - Rolling Stone

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    A timeless performance on a classic record. Thanks, Mr. James Burke!

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    Interesting bit of Five Stairsteps nostalgia completed with a nice performance......

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    Very sorry to hear this sad news,the five stairsteps are one of the classic groups of soul...r.i.p.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKEW-UK View Post
    Interesting bit of Five Stairsteps nostalgia completed with a nice performance......

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this clip. I am not familiar with the group but I do know the song "Ooo Child." They are so polished and they would have preceded the Jackson Five. Are they considered doo-wop or soul?

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    They were SOUL. Great group saw them LIVE 3 times in the 60's.


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