Tony Clarke (singer)
|Birth name||Ralph Thomas Williams|
|Also known as||Tony Lois, Thelma Williams|
April 13, 1940|
New York City, New York, USA
|Died||August 28, 1971
Detroit, Michigan, USA
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter|
Early life and career
Clarke, born Ralph Thomas Williams in New York City, was raised in Detroit. He wrote the songs "Pushover" and "Two Sides to Every Story", hits for Etta James. Clarke scored a chart hit of his own with "The Entertainer" which hit #10 R&B and #31 Pop in the US in 1965.
In the early hours of August 28, 1971, Clarke is alleged to have broken into his estranged wife, Joyce Elaine's, home armed with a tire jack. She shot and killed him in self-defense. After his death, his career saw a resurgence in the 1970s on the United Kingdom's Northern soul scene particularly with his recording of "Landslide".