Chris Clark

Born 1 February 1946.

1960s Motown white soul diva

Chris Clark

Biography

Chris Clark (born February 1, 1946) is an American soul singer who recorded for Motown Records. Clark became famous in England as the "white Negress" (a nickname meant as a compliment), because the six-foot platinum blonde, blue-eyed soul singer toured with fellow Motown artists who were predominantly black.

Clark was born in Santa Cruz, California. Recording on the Motown V.I.P. label, one of several Motown imprints, Chris Clark is acknowledged by Northern Soul fans for songs such as 1965's "Do Right Baby Do Right" (by Berry Gordy) and 1966's "Love's Gone Bad" (Holland-Dozier-Holland). Another of her notable songs was the 1967 single "I Want To Go Back There Again" (Berry Gordy, Jr).

The United States' answer to Dusty Springfield, Clark managed to have only one chart hit. In the US, "Love's Gone Bad" made #105 pop, and #41 R&B in 1966. In Canada, it made it to #95 on the RPM 100.

In 1967, Clark released an album called Soul Sounds on the Motown label. The album featured twelve songs including a rare Motown ballad called "If You Should Walk Away" (Berry Gordy, Jr.) which was slated for release as a single, but never was. Clark recorded one more album for Motown on its newly created rock label Weed called CC Rides Again (1969), but the album failed commercially. Today it is considered a rare collectable, and remains the only album ever released on the label.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Motown Collection

    The Motown Collection 2005

    Reviewed by Alwyn Turner
    How could a voice of this delicacy and control have remained so obscure for so long?