Chris Clark (singer)

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Chris Clark
Clark in 2009
Background information
Birth name Christine Elizabeth Clark
Born (1946-02-01) February 1, 1946 (age 70)
Santa Cruz, California, United States
Genres Soul, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer
Labels Motown, V.I.P., Weed

Christine Elizabeth 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]

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 was not. She recorded one more album for Motown on its newly created rock label Weed called CC Rides Again (1969).[citation needed]

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 entitled Chris Clark: The Motown Collection 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 USA.[citation needed]

Clark co-wrote the screenplay for the 1972 Diana Ross motion picture 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.[citation needed]

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 performed the song "The Ghosts of San Francisco", written by R. Christian Anderson and John Thomas Bullock, for the feature film When the World Came to San Francisco in 2015. [6] She currently lives in Santa Rosa, California.[7]

Selected discography[edit]

Releases on the Tamla Motown Label (UK)[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)[8]

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) [9]
  • 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[10]

Released on Reel Music (USA)[edit]

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


  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". 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  3. ^ a b "CHRIS CLARK: I BEG YOUR GODDAMNED PARDON". 2009-08-21. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  4. ^ "Shafted: On Ernest R. Tidyman and the Makings of Shaft". Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  5. ^ "Ernest Ralph Tidyman profile". Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  6. ^ When the World Came to San Francisco film details],; accessed January 29, 2016.
  7. ^ Selvin, Joel (2007-08-29). "An unsung soul singer resurfaces". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  8. ^ Vinylnet Record Label Discographies
  9. ^ "cclark". Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  10. ^ "Chris Clark (2)– The Motown Collection". Retrieved 19 January 2013. 

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