Tuesday, February 23, 2021

So long, James Burke of the Five Fairsteps

James Burke, who sang the hit "O-o-h Child" along with his siblings in the Five Stairsteps, died at age 70 this week, Variety reports.

The Five Stairsteps are often thought of as a one-hit-wonder band because of the outsize popularity of “O-o-h Child,” which continues to rack up cover versions today, including one that was released just last month by KISS member Paul Stanley. But the group had 19 singles that charted on either the R&B or pop charts — usually both — between the years of 1966-80. “O-o-h Child” was their only song to crack the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 8. But 11 of the Stairsteps’ singles made it into the top 20 of the R&B chart.

Here's the group performing its best-known hit:

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