Caption: (Left to right): Dennis Burke, Keni Burke, Jerome Bailey, Alohe Burke, Clarence Burke, Sr. , Clarence Burke, Jr., James Burke III , Credit: Buddah Records 1971 album "The Stairsteps"
Image by: Buddah Records 1971 album "The Stairsteps"  
(Left to right): Dennis Burke, Keni Burke, Jerome Bailey, Alohe Burke, Clarence Burke, Sr. , Clarence Burke, Jr., James Burke III  

STAIRSTEPS Stories! VOL. 2 (Dennis Burke): The Untold Story of the Five Stairsteps

From: Howard Burchette
Series: The Funk Show
Length: 52:41

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STAIRSTEPS Stories! VOL. 2 (Part C):

The Untold Story of the Five Stairsteps with Dennis Burke

Dennis Burke was born into a musical family known in show business as the Five Stairsteps (Alohe Burke, Clarence Burke, Jr., James Burke, Dennis Burke & Keni Burke) . He was the second to the youngest member of the group and mentions during the interview that he began performing on stage at the age of 5. This present day Atlanta business man reminisces on his days as a singer, dancer and musician.

This program: (STAIRSTEPS Stories! VOL. 2 (Dennis Burke): The Untold Story of the Five Stairsteps is one hour in length and is one third of a three part series. Any of the three programs can be played without the other two. This program is divided into three sets. The first set is the short one which leaves room for the news. Sets two and three are standalone leaving room for announcements.

Highlights of the interview

Segment One:   During this segment Dennis Burke talks about his early days in show business as a child, going to public school in Chicago, the Stairsteps choreography, the song Don’t Change Your Love , when the group became a black rock Funk stage act from 1971 to 1972 and his brother Keni Burke was the groups built in bass player.

Segment Two:   During this segment Dennis Burke reminises about Curtis Mayfield   who was close to the Burke family. The group’s signature song Ooh Child was discussed, the publicity photo of the 1970 Stairsteps album cover was discussed, and the 1976 album 2nd Resurrection was also discussed. He played the guitar on all of the songs on the two Invisible Mans Band albums and discussed the song   9 Times Out of 10 and his Atlanta haircare business.

Segment Three:   During this segment Dennis Burke talkes about working with his brother Keni Burke and coauthoring the songs You're The Best & Night Riders , Dennis goes into more detail about how his business got started, and what attracted him to the hair care Business plus final closing remarks.


Click on this link to get to Clarence Burke, Jr.' s official WEB page:
www.clarenceburkejr.com

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Piece Description

STAIRSTEPS Stories! VOL. 2 (Part C):

The Untold Story of the Five Stairsteps with Dennis Burke

Dennis Burke was born into a musical family known in show business as the Five Stairsteps (Alohe Burke, Clarence Burke, Jr., James Burke, Dennis Burke & Keni Burke) . He was the second to the youngest member of the group and mentions during the interview that he began performing on stage at the age of 5. This present day Atlanta business man reminisces on his days as a singer, dancer and musician.

This program: (STAIRSTEPS Stories! VOL. 2 (Dennis Burke): The Untold Story of the Five Stairsteps is one hour in length and is one third of a three part series. Any of the three programs can be played without the other two. This program is divided into three sets. The first set is the short one which leaves room for the news. Sets two and three are standalone leaving room for announcements.

Highlights of the interview

Segment One:   During this segment Dennis Burke talks about his early days in show business as a child, going to public school in Chicago, the Stairsteps choreography, the song Don’t Change Your Love , when the group became a black rock Funk stage act from 1971 to 1972 and his brother Keni Burke was the groups built in bass player.

Segment Two:   During this segment Dennis Burke reminises about Curtis Mayfield   who was close to the Burke family. The group’s signature song Ooh Child was discussed, the publicity photo of the 1970 Stairsteps album cover was discussed, and the 1976 album 2nd Resurrection was also discussed. He played the guitar on all of the songs on the two Invisible Mans Band albums and discussed the song   9 Times Out of 10 and his Atlanta haircare business.

Segment Three:   During this segment Dennis Burke talkes about working with his brother Keni Burke and coauthoring the songs You're The Best & Night Riders , Dennis goes into more detail about how his business got started, and what attracted him to the hair care Business plus final closing remarks.


Click on this link to get to Clarence Burke, Jr.' s official WEB page:
www.clarenceburkejr.com

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Dear Prudence The Five Stairsteps Ooh Child. Unidisc 1999 03:00
Peace Is Gonna Come The Stairsteps Greatest Hits:Step By Step By Stairsteps. Action Music 1994 03:00
We Must Be In Love The Five Stairsteps & Cubie ooh Child. Unidisc 1999 03:00
Little Young Lover The Five Stairsteps & Cubie Love's Happening. Collector's Choice 2010 03:00
Little Young Lover Curtis Mayfield / The Impresions The Anthology 1961 - 1977. MCA 1992 02:13
Don’t Change Your Love The Five Stairsteps The Isley Brothers Live At The Yankee Stadium. T-Neck Records, Inc. 1970 03:00
Lifting 2nd Resurrection Stairsteps 2nd Resurrection. Dark Horse Records 1976 03:45
9X’s Out of Ten The Invisible Mans Band Invisible Mans Band. Island 1980 03:54
Playgirl's Love The Five Stairsteps First Family of Soul: The Best of [Original recording remastered]. Buddha 2001 03:00
You're the Best/Changes [Import] Keni Burke You're The Best . 101 DISTRIBUTION 2010 03:00
Circles The Invisible Mans Band Really Wanna See You . Funkytowngrooves UK 2009 05:20
Two Weeks Notice The Stairsteps Every Single Way/Two Weeks Notice 45 RPM . Buddah 320 1972 03:00
From Us To You Stairsteps 2nd Resurrection. Dark Horse Records 1976 03:00
Danger She’s A Stranger The Five Stairsteps First Family of Soul: The Best of [Original recording remastered]. Buddah 2001 03:00
All Night Thing The Invisible Mans Band Invisible Mans Band. mango 1980 06:20

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