Dee Clark (7 November 1938 —- 7 December 1990) was an African-American soul singer best known for a string of R&B and pop hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including the ballad "Raindrops," which became a million-seller in the United States in 1961. Events 1492 - The Ensisheim Meteorite the oldest Meteorite with a known date of impact strikes the Earth around noon in a Wheat Year 1938 ( MCMXXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 43 BC - Marcus Tullius Cicero assassinated 1696 - Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways Year 1990 ( MCMXC) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar) African Americans or Black Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who have origins in any of the black populations of Africa Soul music is a Music genre that combines Rhythm and blues and Gospel music, originating in the United States. Pop music as a genre features a noticeable rhythmic element catchy melodies and hooks, a mainstream style and conventional structure In Popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list&mdasha Chart &mdashof top The 1950s Decade refers to the years of 1950 to 1959 inclusive The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969 A ballad is a Poem usually set to Music; thus it often is a story told in a Song. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the
He was born Delectus Clark in Blytheville, Arkansas, and moved to Chicago in 1941. Blytheville is a city in and one of the two County seats of Mississippi County, Arkansas, United States. Arkansas ( is a state located in the southern region of the United States. Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. His mother, Delecta, was a gospel singer and encouraged her son to pursue his love of music. Gospel music is Music that is written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christian life as well as (in terms of the varying music styles to Music is an Art form in which the medium is Sound organized in Time.
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 DJ Herb Kent upon winning a talent competition. Radio is the transmission of signals by Modulation of electromagnetic waves with frequencies below those of visible Light. A disc jockey (also known as DJ or deejay) is a person who selects and plays recorded music for an audience Kent got the Kool Gents signed to Vee-Jay record label, subsidiary Falcon/Abner. Vee-Jay Records was a Record label founded in the 1950s specializing in Blues, Jazz, Rhythm and blues and Rock and roll. In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music The group changed its name once again, to "The Delegates," 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). In Music, a solo (from the Italian solo, meaning alone) is a piece or a section of a piece played or sung by a single performer 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 term " power ballad " is a Colloquialism used to describe a type of Song performed (but not necessarily written by a Hard rock or For the album by The Jam see Sound Affects. Sound effects or audio effects are artificially created or enhanced Sounds The term falsetto (Italian diminutive of falso, false refers to the Vocal register occupying the frequency range just above the Modal voice register and Spring is one of the four Temperate Seasons Spring marks the transition from Winter into Summer. Record chart are a method of ranking Music according to Popularity during a given period of time Gary US Bonds (born Gary Anderson 6 June 1939) is an American Rhythm and blues and Rock and roll Singer. 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 and Dawn, and most notably Narvel Felts, who took the song to number 30 on the country chart in 1974. Oldies is a generic term commonly used to describe a Radio format that usually concentrates on Top 40 music from the 1950s 1960s and 1970s (about 1955-1977 This article is about radio broadcasting for other uses see Radio (disambiguation. In its most general form a playlist is simply a list of Songs The term has several specialized meanings in the realms of Radio Broadcasting and David Bruce Cassidy (born April 12, 1950) is an American prolific character actor of stage Singer and Guitarist. Tony Orlando (born April 3, 1944) is an American singer best known for his work with the group Dawn in the early 1970s Tony Orlando and Dawn (originally known as Dawn, and later as Dawn featuring Tony Orlando) is a Pop music group that was popular in the 1970s Narvel Felts (born November 11, 1939 in Keiser Arkansas) is an American Country Hot Country Songs is a chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States Year 1974 ( MCMLXXIV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. Clark himself recorded an updated version of "Raindrops" in 1973. Year 1973 ( MCMLXXIII) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the 1973 Gregorian calendar.
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 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. The UK Singles Chart is compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC on behalf of the British record industry The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located "
Afterward, Clark performed mostly on the oldies circuit. By the late 1980s, he was in dire straits financially, living in a welfare hotel in Toccoa, Georgia. Toccoa is a city in Stephens County, Georgia, United States located approximately 50 miles from Athens and approximately 90 miles northeast The State of Georgia ( is a state in the United States and was one of the original Thirteen Colonies that revolted against British rule 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. A stroke is the rapidly developing loss of brain functions due to a disturbance in the blood vessels supplying blood to the brain Events 43 BC - Marcus Tullius Cicero assassinated 1696 - Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways Year 1990 ( MCMXC) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar) Smyrna is a City in Cobb County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2000 Census, the city had a total Population Myocardial infarction ( MI or AMI for acute myocardial infarction) also known as a heart attack, occurs when the blood supply