Robin Clark

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Robin Clark
Born1949/1950 (age 68–70)
Years active1969–present
Associated actsDavid Bowie, Simple Minds

Robin Clark is an American vocalist known for her work as a vocalist on David Bowie's 1975 album Young Americans and Simple Minds' 1985 album Once Upon a Time.

Clark was born in New York. In 1966, when Clark was 16, she and future singer and songwriter Luther Vandross worked together after school in the stockroom at Alexander's department store in the Bronx.[1] They started singing together and then joined a 16-member group called Listen My Brother, which was managed by the owners of the Apollo Theatre.[1] Clark began dating Listen My Brother member and Puerto Rican guitarist Carlos Alomar, and they were married in 1970.[2] Their daughter, Lea-Lorién Karima Alomar, also is a singer, songwriter and recording artist.[3]

Clark appeared with Vandross and Alomar on David Bowie's album Young Americans, and her backing vocals can be heard on the title song "Young Americans".

From 1969 through 2014, Clark has performed vocals on tours and albums, radio and television shows and commercials, including the TV jingle "Jamaica One Love" for the Jamaica Tourist Board. She has also performed vocals in movie soundtracks, and appeared in films and videos.

Clark performed as a guest vocalist on the 1985 Simple Minds album Once Upon a Time.[4] Although the Central Florida region Orlando Sentinel felt that the album producers "muddied everything up" to produce an album that lacked cohesion, its columnist stated in November 1985 that Clark added a touch to the album's crisp, clear sound that "makes me wish Simple Minds would employ more women."[4] She was featured in Simple Minds music videos "All the Things She Said" and "Alive and Kicking". "From 1985 to 1986, Clark was featured on Simple Minds' "Once Upon A Time" world tour and subsequent 1987 live album Live in the City of Light recorded in Paris and Sydney the previous year. In 2013, Clark appeared in the BBC released documentary David Bowie's 5 Years.


  1. ^ a b Richard Harrington (April 6, 1986), "Luther Vandross, Soul & Body;The Pudgy Jingle Singer Emerges as a Svelte Pop Sta", Washington Post, retrieved January 30, 2014
  2. ^ Steve Hochman (August 6, 1987), "Alomar Generates A Little Fame On His Own Hook", Los Angeles Times, retrieved January 30, 2014
  3. ^ Lea Lorién entry Retrieved 1-21-2013.
  4. ^ a b Bill Henderson (November 3, 1985), "Simple Minds (Average) Simple Minds, Once Upon A Time (A&M SP 5092)", Orlando Sentinel, p. 10 |access-date= requires |url= (help)

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