The Five Stairsteps

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": soul northern soul funk oldies rnb old school soul rhythm and blues chicago soul Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Wikipedia


A Chicago group comprised of Burke family members Clarence Jnr. (1951), James (b. 1952), Aloha (b. 1950), Kenneth (b. 1954) and Dennis (b. 1953). Discovered and produced by Curtis Mayfield, this young quintet enjoyed a consistent run of R&B chart success, with releases on the Windy C, Curtom and Buddah labels. The unit’s material - ‘You Waited Too Long’ (1966), ‘World Of Fantasy’ (1966), ‘Come Back’ (1966) and ‘Danger, She’s A Stranger’ (1967) - ranged from gentle dance songs to orchestrated ballads, and their fledgling talent was recognized in 1967 with a NATRA award as that year’s outstanding R&B group. For two years the group’s name was expanded to include five-year-old sibling Cubie, but when the newcomer left in 1969, the line-up reverted to the 5 Stairsteps, later dropping the ‘5’ altogether. Paradoxically, the 5 Stairsteps’ biggest hit, ‘O-o-h Child’ (1970), a US Top...

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