Dee Clark

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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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Albums

ABLP 2002 Dee Clark - How About That 앨범 아트 Dee Clark How About That (Album) Abner ABLP 2002 US 1959 이 버전 판매
RLP 610 Dee Clark - Dee Clark 앨범 아트 Dee Clark Dee Clark (Album) Abner, Abner, Abner RLP 610 Canada 1959 이 버전 판매
LP 1019 Dee Clark - You're Lookin' Good 앨범 아트 Dee Clark You're Lookin' Good (Album) Vee Jay Records LP 1019 US 1960 이 버전 판매
LP-1037, VJLP 1037 Dee Clark - Hold On....It's Dee Clark 앨범 아트 Dee Clark Hold On....It's Dee Clark (Album) Vee Jay Records, Vee Jay Records LP-1037, VJLP 1037 US 1961 이 버전 판매
BN4458 Dee Clark - Raindrops 앨범 아트 Dee Clark Raindrops (Album) Brylen Records BN4458 US 1989 이 버전 판매
FCD 108 Dee Clark - The Dee Clark Show 앨범 아트 Dee Clark The Dee Clark Show(CD, Album, RE) Fan Club FCD 108 France 1992 이 버전 판매
KRB 5062-2 Dee Clark Raindrops(CD, Album) KRB Music Companies KRB 5062-2 US 1998 이 버전 판매

Singles & EPs

697 Dee Clark - Seven Nights / 24 Boy Friends 앨범 아트 Dee Clark Seven Nights / 24 Boy Friends (Single) Falcon (6) 697 Canada 1957 이 버전 판매
Falcon 1002 Dee Clark - Gloria / Kangaroo Hop 앨범 아트 Dee Clark Gloria / Kangaroo Hop (Single) Falcon (6) Falcon 1002 US 1957 이 버전 판매
PSP.0116 Dee Clark - Nobody But You / When I Call On You 앨범 아트 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 이 버전 판매
1009 Dee Clark - Oh Little Girl / Wondering 앨범 아트 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 이 버전 판매
1032 Dee Clark - How About That 앨범 아트 Dee Clark How About That (Single) Abner 1032 US 1959 이 버전 판매
Abner 1029 Dee Clark - Hey Little Girl / If It Wasn't For Love 앨범 아트 Dee Clark Hey Little Girl / If It Wasn't For Love (Single) Abner Abner 1029 US 1959 이 버전 판매
HTR-S-101 Dee Clark - Hey Little Girl / Just Keep It Up 앨범 아트 Dee Clark Hey Little Girl / Just Keep It Up (Single) Top Rank International HTR-S-101 Netherlands 1959 이 버전 판매
45-HL 8915 Dee Clark - Just Keep It Up 앨범 아트 Dee Clark Just Keep It Up (Single) Abner 45-HL 8915 UK 1959 이 버전 판매
DC-1 Dee Clark - Lucky Me 앨범 아트 Dee Clark Lucky Me(7", Single) Vee Jay Records DC-1 US 1959 이 버전 판매
RE 10031 Dee Clark Just Keep It Up(7", EP) London Records RE 10031 France 1959 이 버전 판매
8464X Dee Clark - At My Front Door / Cling A Ling 앨범 아트 Dee Clark At My Front Door / Cling A Ling (Single) Abner 8464X Canada 1959 이 버전 판매
TRS 1583 Dee Clark - You're Looking Good 앨범 아트 Dee Clark You're Looking Good (Single) Vee Jay Records TRS 1583 Australia 1960 이 버전 판매
17.008 Dee Clark - Hey Little Girl 앨범 아트 Dee Clark Hey Little Girl(7", EP) Discophon 17.008 Spain 1960 이 버전 판매
REP 45/18 Dee Clark - Only Sixteen 앨범 아트 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 이 버전 판매
TRS-1627 Dee Clark - Because I Love You / Your Friends 앨범 아트 Dee Clark Because I Love You / Your Friends (Single) Vee Jay Records TRS-1627 Australia 1961 이 버전 판매
VJ 409 Dee Clark - Don't Walk Away From Me 앨범 아트 Dee Clark Don't Walk Away From Me (Single) Vee Jay Records VJ 409 US 1961 이 버전 판매
JAR-570 Dee Clark - Raindrops 앨범 아트 Dee Clark Raindrops (Single) Vee Jay Records JAR-570 UK 1961 이 버전 판매
DC-3 Dee Clark - Hold On 앨범 아트 Dee Clark Hold On(7") Vee Jay Records DC-3 US 1961 이 버전 판매