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Died On This Date (December 7, 1990) Dee Clark / Soul Singer

Posted by themusicsover on December 7, 2009

Dee Clark
November 7, 1938 – December 7, 1990

Dee Clark was a soul singer who started his professional career in 1952.  Over the next few years, he sang in a handful of groups until he went off on his own in 1957.  By 1961, he had released a couple of top 20 hits but then went to the next level with the single, “Raindrops,” which went all the way to #2 on the pop charts and #3 on the R&B charts.  The record sold over 2 million copies and has been covered by Tony Orlando and David Cassidy.  It still receives regular airplay on oldies stations around the U.S.  Clark was barely surviving financially by the late ’80s, performing in oldies shows whenever possible.  He suffered a stroke in 1987, but still performed despite the fact he was partially paralyzed and had acquired a speech impediment.  On December 7, 1990, Dee Clark suffered a fatal heart attack.  He was 52 when he died.

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