Tony Clarke (singer)

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Tony Clarke
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Background information
Birth name Ralph Thomas Williams
Also known as Tony Lois, Thelma Williams
Born (1940-04-13)April 13, 1940
New York City, New York, USA
Died August 28, 1971(1971-08-28) (aged 31)
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Genres Soul
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active ?–1971
Labels Chess

Tony Clarke (April 13, 1940 – August 28, 1971) was an American soul singer-songwriter.

Early life and career[edit]

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.[1]


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.[2][3] 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".[1][3]


  1. ^ a b Tony Clarke at
  2. ^ "Tony Clarke - They call him a wrong man". Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Tony Clarke". Retrieved 24 January 2012. 

External links[edit]

Tony Clarke at Find a Grave