Dee Clark

Real Name:
Delectus Clark
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Dee Clark (born November 7, 1938, Blytheville, Arkansas, USA – died December 7, 1990, Smyrna, Georgia, USA) was an American soul singer best known for a string of R&B and pop hits in the late 1950's and early 1960's.

His mother, Delecta, was a gospel singer and encouraged her son to pursue his love of music. Born in Arkansas, his family moved to Chicago in 1941. Clark made his first recording in 1952 as a member of The Hambone Kids, who scored an R&B hit with the song "Hambone." In 1953, he joined an R&B group called the Goldentones, who later became The Kool Gents and were discovered by Chicago radio disc jockey Herb Kent upon winning a talent competition. Kent got the Kool Gents signed to Vee Jay Records label, subsidiary Falcon/Abner. The group changed its name once again, to The Delegates (4), and recorded for Falcon/Abner in 1956.

Clark embarked on a solo career in 1957 and over the next four years landed several moderate hits, two of which ("Just Keep It Up" and "Hey Little Girl") reached the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100). His biggest single, "Raindrops," a power ballad augmented by heavy rain and thunder sound effects and Clark's swooping falsetto, hit in the spring of 1961 and became his biggest hit, soaring to number two on the pop chart (behind only Gary U.S. Bonds' "Quarter to Three") and number three on the R&B charts. The narrator of the song tries to convince himself that the tears he has cried since his love left him are raindrops, since "a man ain't supposed to cry." "Raindrops" sold over two million copies and remains a staple on oldies radio station playlists to this day, and has also been covered by several other artists in the years since, including David Cassidy, Tony Orlando & Dawn, and most notably Narvel Felts, who took the song to number 30 on the country chart in 1974. Clark himself recorded an updated version of "Raindrops" in 1973.

However, Clark's biggest hit was also his last. The follow-up to "Raindrops," "Don't Walk Away From Me," was a flop, and he made the pop charts in America only twice more, with "I'm Going Back to School" (1962) and "Crossfire Time" (1963). By the time "Crossfire Time" came out, Clark had moved from Vee-Jay to the Constellation Records (2) label. Though he continued to record for Constellation through 1966, none of his records charted. Clark had a brief revival in 1975 when his song "Ride a Wild Horse" became a surprise top 30 hit in the UK Singles Chart, becoming his first chart hit in the UK since "Just Keep It Up."

Afterward, Clark performed mostly on the oldies circuit. By the late 1980's, he was in dire straits financially, living in a welfare hotel in Toccoa, Georgia, USA. Despite suffering a stroke in 1987 that left him partially paralyzed and with a mild speech impediment, he continued to perform until his death on 7 December 1990, in Smyrna, Georgia, from a heart attack at the age of 52.
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ABLP 2002 How About That — Dee Clark Dee Clark How About That (Album) Abner ABLP 2002 US 1959 Sell This Version
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RLP 610 Dee Clark — Dee Clark Dee Clark Dee Clark (Album) Abner, Abner, Abner RLP 610 Canada 1959 Sell This Version
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LP 1019 You're Lookin' Good — Dee Clark Dee Clark You're Lookin' Good (Album) Vee Jay Records LP 1019 US 1960 Sell This Version
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LP-1037, VJLP 1037 Hold On....It's Dee Clark — Dee Clark Dee Clark Hold On....It's Dee Clark (Album) Vee Jay Records, Vee Jay Records LP-1037, VJLP 1037 US 1961 Sell This Version
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BN4458 Raindrops — Dee Clark Dee Clark Raindrops (Album) Brylen Records BN4458 US 1989 Sell This Version
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FCD 108 The Dee Clark Show — Dee Clark Dee Clark The Dee Clark Show(CD, Album, RE) Fan Club FCD 108 France 1992 Sell This Version
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KRB 5062-2 Dee Clark Raindrops(CD, Album) KRB Music Companies KRB 5062-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

Falcon 1002 Gloria / Kangaroo Hop — Dee Clark Dee Clark Gloria / Kangaroo Hop (Single) Falcon (6) Falcon 1002 US 1957 Sell This Version
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697 Seven Nights / 24 Boy Friends — Dee Clark Dee Clark Seven Nights / 24 Boy Friends (Single) Falcon (6) 697 Canada 1957 Sell This Version
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1009 Oh Little Girl / Wondering — Dee Clark Dee Clark And The Original Little Richard Band* Dee Clark And The Original Little Richard Band* - Oh Little Girl / Wondering (Single) Falcon (6) 1009 US 1958 Sell This Version
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PSP.0116 Nobody But You / When I Call On You — Dee Clark Dee Clark With The Riley Hampton's Ork.* Dee Clark With The Riley Hampton's Ork.* - Nobody But You / When I Call On You (Single) Abner PSP.0116 New Zealand 1958 Sell This Version
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Abner 1029 Hey Little Girl / If It Wasn't For Love — Dee Clark Dee Clark Hey Little Girl / If It Wasn't For Love (Single) Abner Abner 1029 US 1959 Sell This Version
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1032 How About That — Dee Clark Dee Clark How About That (Single) Abner 1032 US 1959 Sell This Version
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HTR-S-101 Hey Little Girl / Just Keep It Up — Dee Clark Dee Clark Hey Little Girl / Just Keep It Up (Single) Top Rank International HTR-S-101 Netherlands 1959 Sell This Version
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45-HL 8915 Just Keep It Up — Dee Clark Dee Clark Just Keep It Up (Single) Abner 45-HL 8915 UK 1959 Sell This Version
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S-EP 1-900, ABNER EP S-900 Dee Clark — Dee Clark Dee Clark Dee Clark (EP) Abner S-EP 1-900, ABNER EP S-900 US 1959 Sell This Version
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DC-1 Lucky Me — Dee Clark Dee Clark Lucky Me(7", Single) Vee Jay Records DC-1 US 1959 Sell This Version
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Special D.J. Release, S-163 Blues Get Off My Shoulder — Dee Clark Dee Clark, The Strollers (7), Lefty Bates Band Dee Clark, The Strollers (7), Lefty Bates Band - Blues Get Off My Shoulder(7", Single, Promo) Abner, States Record Company Special D.J. Release, S-163 US 1959 Sell This Version
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RE 10031 Dee Clark Just Keep It Up(7", EP) London Records RE 10031 France 1959 Sell This Version
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8464X At My Front Door / Cling A Ling — Dee Clark Dee Clark At My Front Door / Cling A Ling (Single) Abner 8464X Canada 1959 Sell This Version
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TRS 1583 You're Looking Good — Dee Clark Dee Clark You're Looking Good (Single) Vee Jay Records TRS 1583 Australia 1960 Sell This Version
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17.008 Hey Little Girl — Dee Clark Dee Clark Hey Little Girl(7", EP) Discophon, Top Rank International 17.008 Spain 1960 Sell This Version
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REP 45/18 Only Sixteen — Dee Clark Craig Douglas (2), Jimmy Clanton, Dee Clark, Freddy Cannon Craig Douglas (2), Jimmy Clanton, Dee Clark, Freddy Cannon - Only Sixteen(7", EP) Top Rank (2), Top Rank International REP 45/18 Italy 1960 Sell This Version
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TRS-1627 Because I Love You / Your Friends — Dee Clark Dee Clark Because I Love You / Your Friends (Single) Vee Jay Records TRS-1627 Australia 1961 Sell This Version
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VJ 409 Don't Walk Away From Me — Dee Clark Dee Clark Don't Walk Away From Me (Single) Vee Jay Records VJ 409 US 1961 Sell This Version