Cleve Francis

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Cleve Francis
Birth nameCleveland Francis[1]
Born (1945-04-22) April 22, 1945 (age 77)[2]
OriginJennings, Louisiana, U.S.
Years active1990–present

Cleveland Francis (born April 22, 1945) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and cardiologist. Active since 1990, Francis has recorded a total of five albums, including three for Liberty Records. He has charted four times on Billboard Hot Country Songs, most successfully with "You Do My Heart Good" in 1992.


Before beginning his career, he was a cardiologist; he switched his focus to country music in the late 1980s, signing first to Playback Records. His debut album Last Call for Love was released that year. The album included a single titled "Love Light", which was also made into a music video.[3]

After seeing the video for "Love Light" on CMT, record producer Jimmy Bowen signed Francis to Liberty Records in 1992.[3] Between 1992 and 1994, Francis released three studio albums on Liberty, in addition to charting four singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. In 1994 Francis returned to his medical practice in Northern Virginia. He is president of Mount Vernon Cardiology Associates.[4] Francis has performed at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, and has a live album recorded there in 2006 called Storytime.[5]



Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US Heat
Last Call for Love
  • Release date: 1990
  • Label: Playback
Tourist in Paradise
  • Release date: March 16, 1992
  • Label: Liberty
58 34
  • Release date: May 10, 1993
  • Label: Liberty
You've Got Me Now
  • Release date: August 23, 1994
  • Label: Liberty
  • Release date: 2006
  • Label: Self-released
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart
US Country
CAN Country
1990 "Love Light" Last Call for Love
1992 "Love Light" (re-release) 52 Tourist in Paradise
"You Do My Heart Good" 47 76
"How Can I Hold You" 74
1993 "Walkin'" 63 Walkin'
"I Won't Let You Walk Away"
1994 "Love or the Lack Thereof" You've Got Me Now
"We Fell in Love Anyway" (with Patti Austin)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1990 "Love Light" D.J. Schweitzer[6]
1992 "You Do My Heart Good" Bill Young
1993 "Walkin'" Sara Nichols
"I Won't Let You Walk Away" Joanne Gardner
1994 "Love or the Lack Thereof"[7] L. J. Kreussling
"We Fell in Love Anyway" (with Patti Austin)[8] Dominic Orlando


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 150. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Cleve Francis biography". Allmusic. Retrieved May 31, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Cleve Francis is a country (music) doctor". The Des Moines Register. April 17, 1992. pp. 16T. Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  4. ^ "Thumbnail Biography of Cleve Francis". Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  5. ^ "Storytime". iTunes Store. Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  6. ^ "Music Row prints local video honors". The Tennesseean. December 11, 1990. pp. 1D. Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  7. ^ "CMT : Videos : Cleve Francis : Love Or The Lack Thereof". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  8. ^ "CMT : Videos : Patti Austin : We Fell In Love Anyway". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.