Cleve Francis

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Cleve Francis
Birth name Cleveland Francis[1]
Born (1945-04-22) April 22, 1945 (age 71)
Origin Jennings, Louisiana, United States
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992-present
Labels Playback

Cleveland Francis (born April 22, 1945 in Jennings, Louisiana[2]) is an American country music singer, one of few African Americans in that genre. Before beginning his career, he was a cardiologist; he switched his focus to country music in the late 1980s, signing first to Playback Records and later to Liberty Records. 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.



Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US Heat
Tourist in Paradise 58 34
You've Got Me Now
  • Release date: August 23, 1994
  • Label: Liberty Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart
US Country
CAN Country
1990 "Love Light" N/A
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"
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"[3] L. J. Kreussling
"We Fell in Love Anyway" (with Patti Austin)[4] 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 2008-05-31. 
  3. ^ "CMT : Videos : Cleve Francis : Love Or The Lack Thereof". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ "CMT : Videos : Patti Austin : We Fell In Love Anyway". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.