The Clark Brothers
The Clark Brothers, Steve (born 1924) and James ("Jimmy") (c. 1922 – 30 October 2009), were thought to be the last of the "brothers" acts of tap-dancing's golden age.
The gospel-singing Clark Family grew up in poverty in Philadelphia. By the age of 12 Steve, the youngest, was a seasoned soloist, singing and dancing. The two brothers' first engagement was at the Cotton Club in Harlem - when they were 15 and 17. Frank Sinatra told them to move to Britain after the war, which probably saved their careers.
The Clark Brothers gave their first British performance for King George VI and became favourites in working men's clubs. They wrote hits for Max Bygraves and appeared at the London Palladium; and they opened a "University of Showbusiness" in London, where Cliff Richard and Bonnie Langford were among their pupils.
- The Good Old Days (1983)
- Sez Les (1973)
- Saturday Variety (1972)
- Sunday Night at the London Palladium (1967)
- Blackpool Night Out (1965)
- The Ed Sullivan Show (1965)
- Club Night (1964)
- The Royal Variety Show (1963)
- The Colgate Comedy Hour (1952–1955)
- The George Jessel Show (1954)
- Killer Diller (1948)
- Shuffling off the bad times, Daily Telegraph, 4 June 2002
- IMDB page, accessed 17 June 2009