Chris Clark (singer)

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Chris Clark
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Clark in 2009
Background information
Born (1946-02-01) February 1, 1946 (age 68)
Santa Cruz, California, United States
Genres Soul, R&B
Occupations Singer
Labels Motown, V.I.P., Weed
Website www.chrisclarkinc.com

Chris Clark (born February 1, 1946) is an American soul singer who recorded for Motown Records. Clark became famous in England as the "white Negress"[1] (a nickname meant as a compliment), because the six-foot platinum blonde, blue-eyed soul singer toured with fellow Motown artists who were predominantly black.

Clark was born in Santa Cruz, California. Recording on the Motown V.I.P. label, one of several Motown imprints, Chris Clark is acknowledged by Northern Soul fans for songs such as 1965's "Do Right Baby Do Right" (by Berry Gordy) and 1966's "Love's Gone Bad" (Holland-Dozier-Holland). Another of her notable songs was the 1967 single "I Want To Go Back There Again" (Berry Gordy, Jr).[2]

The United States' answer to Dusty Springfield,[3] Clark managed to have only one chart hit. In the US, "Love's Gone Bad" made #105 pop, and #41 R&B in 1966. In Canada, it made it to #95 on the RPM 100.

In 1967, Clark released an album called Soul Sounds on the Motown label.[3] The album featured twelve songs including a rare Motown ballad called "If You Should Walk Away" (Berry Gordy, Jr.) which was slated for release as a single, but never was. Clark recorded one more album for Motown on its newly created rock label Weed called CC Rides Again (1969), but the album failed commercially. Today it is considered a rare collectable, and remains the only album ever released on the label.

A CD made by Belgian label Marginal entitled Soul Sounds made from the original master tapes[citation needed] was issued, but the disc actually contains the songs from both her albums with Motown plus an unreleased single. A 2005 50-track double-CD compilation includes Soul Sounds, C.C. Rides Again, and many unreleased Motown recordings. A reissue of the Soul Sounds album was released by the Reel Music label in April 2009, the first time the album was issued on CD in the US.

Clark co-wrote the screenplay for the 1972 Diana Ross vehicle Lady Sings the Blues,[3] for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. She later became an executive for Motown Productions' film and television division in Los Angeles.

In 1982 she married Academy Award-winning screenwriter and novelist Ernest Tidyman. She was his fourth wife.[4] He died from complications to a perforated ulcer in 1984 in London.[5]

Clark was worked as an art photographer and has exhibited her work mainly to art dealers and galleries. She also performs on stage occasionally in clubs in the United States and in Europe. She currently lives in Santa Rosa, California.[6]

Selected discography[edit]

Releases on the Tamla Motown Label (UK)[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • Tamla/Motown TMG591 Love's Gone Bad / Put Yourself in My Place 7"
  • Tamla/Motown TMG624 From Head to Toe / The Beginning of the End 7"
  • Tamla/Motown TMG638 I Want to Go Back There Again / I Love You 7"
  • Tamla/Motown TME2014 V/A New Faces from Hitsville EP (inc. Chris Clark)[7]

Releases on the V.I.P. Label (USA)[edit]

  • Do Right Baby, Do Right / Don't Be Too Long - 1966 - 7"
  • Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) / Don't Be Too Long - 1966 - (Cancelled) [8]
  • Love's Gone Bad / Put Yourself In My Place - 1966 - 7"
  • I Want To Go Back There Again / I Want To Go Back There Again - 1967 (Promo Issue Only) - 7"

Releases on the Motown Label (USA)[edit]

  • Soul Sounds - 1967 (Mono Version) - 12" vinyl LP album
  • Soul Sounds - 1967 (Stereo Version) - 12" vinyl LP album
  • From Head To Toe / From Head To Toe - 1967 (Promo Issue Only) - 7"
  • From Head To Toe / Beginning Of The End - 1967 - 7"
  • Whisper You Love Me Boy / The Beginning Of The End - 1968 - 7"

Releases on the Weed Label (USA)[edit]

  • C.C. Rides Again - 1969 (Stereo Only) - LP

Released on Marginal Import (Belgium)[edit]

  • Soul Sounds - 1997 (Contains both "Soul Sounds" and "C.C. Rides Again" albums plus an unreleased single) - CD

Released on Universal UK (England)[edit]

  • The Motown Collection - 2005 (Contains both "Soul Sounds" and "C.C. Rides Again" plus 25 unreleased songs) - 2 CDs[9]

Released on Reel Music (USA)[edit]

  • Soul Sounds - 2009
  • Dream Or Cry - 4 December 2012 - three-track single

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Benjaminson, Peter. Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown's First Superstar. 
  2. ^ "The Ponderosa Stomp Unveils ‘Behind the Curtain’ Video Series with Where The Girls AreFeaturing Baby Washington, Maxine Brown and Chris Clark". Neworleanslocal.com. 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  3. ^ a b c "CHRIS CLARK: I BEG YOUR GODDAMNED PARDON". Larecord.com. 2009-08-21. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  4. ^ "Shafted: On Ernest R. Tidyman and the Makings of Shaft". www.mulhollandbooks.com. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  5. ^ "Ernest Ralph Tidyman". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  6. ^ Selvin, Joel (2007-08-29). "An unsung soul singer resurfaces". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  7. ^ Vinylnet Record Label Discographies
  8. ^ "cclark". Soulfulkindamusic.net. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  9. ^ "Chris Clark (2)– The Motown Collection". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 

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