The Stairsteps ‎-1970 – Step By Step By Step

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Although this set was issued by Buddah in 1970, it’s a great set featuring some of the earliest work that the Five Stairsteps recorded for Curtis Mayfield’s Windy C label during the late 60s, under his production talents as well! We love all of the Burke brothers albums, both as a group and solo, and this one has their fine harmonies dressed up nicely in some sweet Windy City soul arrangements!

Tracks
A1 We Must Be In Love 3:00
A2 (Baby) Make Me Feel So Good 2:00
A3 Stay Close To Me 3:00
A4 Ooh Baby Baby 2:30
A5 Because I Love You 4:32
A6 Behind Curtains 2:49
A7 Ooh Child 3:17
B1 World Of Fantasy 3:01
B2 Come Back 2:52
B3 Don’t Waste Your Time 2:25
B4 Playgirl’s Love 2:10
B5 You Waited Too Long 2:49
B6 The Touch Of You 2:35
B7 Danger! She’s A Stranger 2:49

The Stairsteps Step By Step By Step back

Formed in Chicago in 1965 and known initially as The First Family Of Soul, The Five Stairsteps consisted of Alohe Jean, Clarence Jr., James, Dennis and Kenneth ( Keni ) Burke, and were managed by their father Clarence Sr., who also played bass behind them and co-wrote some of their material. After winning a talent contest at the famed Regal Theater, the group was introduced to the legendary Curtis Mayfield by Fred Cash of The Impressions, which led to their first recording contract with Mayfield s Windy C label. Between 1966 and 1968, The Five Stairsteps had six pop and R&B charted singles, the most successful of which was World of Fantasy.

After Windy C folded, the group continued their association with Curtom Records, distributed at the time by Buddah Records; in total, The Five Stairsteps cut two albums under Mayfield s wing before switching to Buddah in 1968 for their first LP for the label, Our Family Portrait, with lead singer/primary composer Clarence Jr. and his father as co-producers. The album included two charted singles, Something s Missing (R&B #17, Pop #88) and a cover of the doo-wop classic, A Million to One (R&B #28, Pop #68). Each member of the group took turns singing lead on various tunes, including the Burkes youngest son, Cubie (then just five years old). Released as The 5 Stairsteps & Cubie, the LP reached No. 20 on the R&B Albums chart and No. 195 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

The Stairsteps Step By Step By Step Label A

In 1970, the group (minus Cubie) began working with producer/arranger Stan Vincent on the album Stairsteps. In addition to further Burke originals, there were two Beatles covers, It s Getting Better and Dear Prudence, but it was the song originally issued as the flipside of the latter s release as a single that would ensure the group s place in music history. The bright and upbeat anthem O-o-h Child sold over a million copies, was certified gold and reached No. 8 on the Hot 100 and No. 14 on the R&B charts. The LP became a best-seller, No. 12 on the R&B Albums chart and No. 83 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

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21 Comments
  • Antonis
    Posted at 09:51h, 02 August 2015 Reply

    word up! keep spreading the love. many thanks are in order..

  • Bobby
    Posted at 01:59h, 04 August 2015 Reply

    Awesome,thank you!!!

  • Ronaldo
    Posted at 09:53h, 04 August 2015 Reply

    Excellent stuff again and again….Keep on..

  • Steven
    Posted at 15:38h, 04 August 2015 Reply

    Back When music use to sound so good..

  • Fresh
    Posted at 17:47h, 04 August 2015 Reply

    Love this song “One of the best of the early 70s’ Thanks.

  • Mary Ann Tomas
    Posted at 19:29h, 04 August 2015 Reply

    I absolutely LOVE this song!! I grew up listening to music like this!!

  • Kirk
    Posted at 09:01h, 05 August 2015 Reply

    A wonderful listening, much appreciated…

  • monica
    Posted at 09:18h, 06 August 2015 Reply

    I grew up listing to them Old soul here Luv this jam.. glad its here 🙂

  • EDDIE
    Posted at 10:18h, 06 August 2015 Reply

    You touched my soul.

  • Alexia
    Posted at 10:43h, 06 August 2015 Reply

    You have fantastic taste in music! Thanks for all the great uploads..

  • Nobody
    Posted at 19:23h, 06 August 2015 Reply

    oh yes mucho gracias!!

  • Rascal
    Posted at 09:27h, 07 August 2015 Reply

    they dont make songs like they used too..

  • acuarelamusical
    Posted at 06:36h, 08 August 2015 Reply

    Gracias!

  • Sally
    Posted at 08:40h, 08 August 2015 Reply

    Just beautiful. This is a wonderful post and a great discovery for me. I”d never heard this one before today. Thanks.

  • Zoi
    Posted at 08:49h, 08 August 2015 Reply

    Nice album. Great new lay out…

  • Jonas
    Posted at 20:04h, 08 August 2015 Reply

    Thank you for posting. Very funky and smooth!!

  • Erald
    Posted at 15:58h, 11 August 2015 Reply

    So glad to find it here. Great one.

  • Jean
    Posted at 10:26h, 12 August 2015 Reply

    Your blog is fantastic! It’s a real mine of gold…Thank you for your generosity!merci de tout coeur…

  • Paolo
    Posted at 18:45h, 12 August 2015 Reply

    Superb sweet soul. thanks

  • Frankie
    Posted at 10:03h, 13 August 2015 Reply

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  • Lou
    Posted at 10:49h, 14 August 2015 Reply

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