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 Dee Clark - How About That album art Dee Clark How About That (Album) Abner ABLP 2002 US 1959 Sell This Version
LP 2000 Dee Clark - Dee Clark album art Dee Clark Dee Clark (Album) Abner, Abner, Abner LP 2000 US 1959 Sell This Version
LP 1019 Dee Clark - You're Lookin' Good album art Dee Clark You're Lookin' Good (Album) Vee Jay Records LP 1019 US 1960 Sell This Version
LP - 1037 Dee Clark - Hold On....It's Dee Clark album art Dee Clark Hold On....It's Dee Clark (Album) Vee Jay Records LP - 1037 US 1961 Sell This Version
BN4458 Dee Clark - Raindrops album art Dee Clark Raindrops (Album) Brylen Records BN4458 US 1989 Sell This Version
FCD 108 Dee Clark - The Dee Clark Show album art Dee Clark The Dee Clark Show(CD, Album, RE) Fan Club FCD 108 France 1992 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

697 Dee Clark - Seven Nights / 24 Boy Friends album art Dee Clark Seven Nights / 24 Boy Friends (Single) Falcon (6) 697 Canada 1957 Sell This Version
Falcon 1002 Dee Clark - Gloria / Kangaroo Hop album art Dee Clark Gloria / Kangaroo Hop (Single) Falcon (6) Falcon 1002 US 1957 Sell This Version
PSP.0116 Dee Clark - Nobody But You / When I Call On You album art 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
1009 Dee Clark - Oh Little Girl / Wondering album art Dee Clark And The Original Little Richard Band* Dee Clark And The Original Little Richard Band* - Oh Little Girl / Wondering(7", Single) Falcon (6) 1009 US 1958 Sell This Version
1032 Dee Clark - How About That album art Dee Clark How About That (Single) Abner 1032 US 1959 Sell This Version
Abner 1029 Dee Clark - Hey Little Girl / If It Wasn't For Love album art Dee Clark Hey Little Girl / If It Wasn't For Love (Single) Abner Abner 1029 US 1959 Sell This Version
HTR-S-101 Dee Clark - Hey Little Girl / Just Keep It Up album art Dee Clark Hey Little Girl / Just Keep It Up (Single) Top Rank International HTR-S-101 Netherlands 1959 Sell This Version
45-HL 8915 Dee Clark - Just Keep It Up album art Dee Clark Just Keep It Up (Single) Abner 45-HL 8915 UK 1959 Sell This Version
RE 10031 Dee Clark Just Keep It Up(7", EP) London Records RE 10031 France 1959 Sell This Version
8464X Dee Clark - At My Front Door / Cling A Ling album art Dee Clark At My Front Door / Cling A Ling (Single) Abner 8464X Canada 1959 Sell This Version
TRS 1583 Dee Clark - You're Looking Good album art Dee Clark You're Looking Good (Single) Vee Jay Records TRS 1583 Australia 1960 Sell This Version
17.008 Dee Clark - Hey Little Girl album art Dee Clark Hey Little Girl(7", EP) Discophon 17.008 Spain 1960 Sell This Version
REP 45/18 Dee Clark - Only Sixteen album art 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
TRS-1627 Dee Clark - Because I Love You / Your Friends album art Dee Clark Because I Love You / Your Friends (Single) Vee Jay Records TRS-1627 Australia 1961 Sell This Version
45-DB 4768 Dee Clark - Don't Walk Away From Me album art Dee Clark Don't Walk Away From Me (Single) Vee Jay Records 45-DB 4768 UK 1961 Sell This Version
LN-303 Dee Clark - Raindrops album art Dee Clark Raindrops (Single) Vee Jay Records LN-303 US 1961 Sell This Version
DC-3 Dee Clark - Hold On album art Dee Clark Hold On(7") Vee Jay Records DC-3 US 1961 Sell This Version
TEP 111 Dee Clark - Dee Clark album art Dee Clark Dee Clark(7", EP) Top Rank International TEP 111 Sweden 1961 Sell This Version
TRX-10088, TRX-10,088 Dee Clark Hey Little Girl(7", EP, Mono) Top Rank International, Top Rank International TRX-10088, TRX-10,088 Australia 1961 Sell This Version