Five Stairsteps


were are they now.

>>By peace   (Monday, 25 Nov 2002 01:45)

how did dennis die. and what do they look like now . who is marrie what are they doing now.

>>By Ttt 205@aol,com   (Wednesday, 27 Nov 2002 03:40)

This is Pepsi from New York. I used to be crazy about James and Clarence. Where are they now?

>>By Pepsi   (Thursday, 9 Jan 2003 07:27)

The Stairsteps are all in Atlanta. All of them are still alive.

>>By Rosepetal   (Tuesday, 11 Feb 2003 21:37)

I would like to see some of their live performances, anybody know of any.

>>By Onray   (Sunday, 2 Mar 2003 09:46)

I used to date Clarence waaaay back in the day when he used to come to perform at the Uptown Theatre in Philadelphia, that was one great family the whole bunch and talented to the T.

When I read that somebody said that Dennis had died it stopped my heart I'm so glad somebody clarified that.

If anyone hears from these people please write to me at


>>By Carol   (Thursday, 6 Mar 2003 19:12)

I used to have a serious crush on Kenneth, now Keni, when I first saw the family perform at the Apollo Theater in 1966. I thought all of them were so talented. Their showmanship was incredible! Thank you for answering that they are still around. In addition, I have been trying to locate a copy of Keni's project "Nothing But Love". I LOVE "Indigenous Love"! Someone please let me know if they are still producing, or any other information that can be provided. I would really appreciate it

>>By Lea

>>By Lea J   (Saturday, 8 Mar 2003 04:47)

i was visiting family in gary in-summer of 1968-and heard "don't change your love-by the 5 stairsteps & cubie, i was in love-i was like 13 and never heard of them until then, since then-i have tried to by that single-if anyone knows where i can-please let me know-thanks-

>>By robin   (Sunday, 6 Apr 2003 06:15)

to be honest.they are the greatest 1st family around. wheniheard baby,make me feel so good,i almost melted in my pillow.i can tell that i brought the cd because they are goregous instead of clarence,even last night his face was licking all over me. right now,i'm stuck doing my first book.but i had to speak my lawyer about bio and music rights and all because im writing a play.and i hope someone in chicago don't mind to see it for their fortieth annierversary. must leave now. i let know when the play and the book will publish. nicoledenise-goldsboro,nc

>>By nickdesex   (Monday, 21 Apr 2003 20:03)

I grew up loving their music, i, lived in Newark NJ and use to see them
at a Ray dandridge promotional show at the twin city skateing rink.
i met several members of that family, who had become muslim and were living in paterson New Jersey at the time, and talking with them they felt that they had been taken advantage of by their father and those who promoted them. I wish them all the very best, and pray that the peace, blessings, and mercy of the most high is upon us all.

nathaniel shabazz

ps: If there ever was a chance for a reunion tour, i want my ticket in advance, they were a very smooth group, and people still today sample there music, time takes its toll on us all, we all get older but your music will last for ever.

>>By nathaniel shabazz   (Wednesday, 30 Apr 2003 20:18)

Does anybody have any live footage of the Five Stairsteps performances? I never got a chance to see them back in the day.

>>By Lino   (Friday, 9 May 2003 10:37)

I was a total fan then and have fond memories of them now. Their family was one that I longed for. When they would perform in Kansas City, I made every show. Even found my way backstage one time. Just wanted to see Clarence Jr. up front and personal. He had the strangest look on his face and got away from me as fast as he could! I laugh at that till today.
Sadly, they just disappeared one day and I didn't know why... then. But it seems the fans are regrouping and more info is pouring in. The more that we write about them, maybe we will that reunion we are asking for.
Contact me with anything about them.

>>By ninaj   (Tuesday, 13 May 2003 02:45)

I am from Chicago...and I hace to say...the Stairsteps are the best...without them there would be no Jackson 5....The 2nd Ressurection album is one of the greatest RnB recordings of all time...why hasn't it been re-issued on CD???

>>By Guy G   (Friday, 16 May 2003 23:43)

The Steps were very hot during their era, awesome stage presence unbeleivable showmanship. Has Keni Burke released any new music.

>>By Cile   (Thursday, 29 May 2003 22:25)

It does me good to hear so many people fondly and passionately remember The Burke Family aka The Five Stairsteps. They are doing fine. Their looks are highly identifiable (add a few years of course) They do live in metropolitan Atlanta. A reunion is very unlikely. But I believe some fervent prayers can change things. "You're the Best!".

The President

>>By The President   (Monday, 16 Jun 2003 21:16)

didn't the five stairsteps have a cd with a picture of them standing under a step ladder on the cover page?

>>By walt   (Wednesday, 18 Jun 2003 08:26)

It's good to see other Stairstep fans out there. Anyone ever consider starting a group on Yahoo. It would be great to meet other fans and chat with them.

>>By Rosepetal   (Tuesday, 24 Jun 2003 18:07)

Dear Wait

The CD I believe you are referring to is entitled "Step By Step By Stairsteps" "featuring their greatest hits". (But the ladder is on the back of the CD. They have on their red blazer jackets.

It is the best CD produced yet. It gives several pages of information, tribute and photos. It is a 25 record compliation by Sequel Records. The UPC # is 5 023224 069627 if you would like to put a search and order for it. I would say that it is worth it!

I am thrilled whenever I speak to those persons who love and remember The Five Stairsteps (and Cubie!)

Peace and blessings,

The President

>>By The President   (Tuesday, 1 Jul 2003 04:05)


You seem to know a lot about the Five Stairsteps, would you please start a group on yahoo about them so we can talk about them more often.

>>By Rosepetal   (Wednesday, 2 Jul 2003 21:29)

I have been a fan of the Stairsteps since I was a child.I was around thier age, and I have had the opportunity to see them many times and
to open for them on a bill with Black Ivory twice.They were without a
doubt a truly talented group,and I can only wish that one day they will
get back together and perform.Also can anybody tell me where I can
get a copy of this new stuff that I've been hearing about by Keni Burke?

>>By myke   (Thursday, 16 Oct 2003 02:20)

Interesting discussions. Just found this site. I am probably the closest living friend of the Burke family, having went to school and played, recorded and wrote music with them.

All are fine and living in Atlanta. Dennis just opened up a brand new hair salon, that is really nice. Clarence actually helped build it, and is a craftsmans with woodworking etc. James is a little ill under doctors medication, but is basically OK. Keni is doing probably the best of all, writing, producing and doing some entreprenural stuff. I seriously doubt there will be any reunion, but there might be a special project that I cannot divulge yet.

>>By choasbzerk   (Sunday, 16 May 2004 15:58)


I've just started a Five Stairsteps group on Yahoo. If you like talking and reminiscing about the good old days when we were able to see the Five Stairsteps in action, come on join the group.

>>By Rosepetal   (Tuesday, 1 Jun 2004 21:26)

I have started a group/club at Yahoo for the Five Stairsteps for fans to meet and chat. If any would like to join please do go to, click groups, then type in the five stairsteps or five stairsteps.
I hope this club/group is successful. It's small now but I'm sure it'll have more members in no time.

I've been a fan of the five stairsteps since I was a little kid. I'm 20 years old now. I remember going through my father's record and saw this album with a young group on it and I put it on the record player and was a fan from that day on. I love all their songs but Ooh Child is a song that really helped me through life, especially through the hard times. I have most of all their albums, photos, articles, etc. I collect anything I can. The Five Stairsteps are the original and first family of soul, always will be. I been a fan of the jackson five, michael jackson and the whole family but to me their always 2nd to the Five Stairsteps. I hope they know they have many fans of all ages and growing. We would love to kmow more about their lives and career, I hope one of the members writes a book or a documentary is done. There have been movies, documentaries, books on various singers and groups of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, why not the The Five Stairsteps.

>>By msladysoul   (Wednesday, 21 Jul 2004 05:06)

i need contact info for Keni
Lonnie Cook

>>By doowopsvoice   (Wednesday, 28 Jul 2004 18:17)

I remember their music so well, and although I've enjoyed a lot of their music one song always stands out, Danger She's A Stranger, I guess because of the time in which the song was made and I was so young, the mood of the song struck me as very different to what I'd been hearing at the time, and has left an indelible impression with me for all these years, this song had a sultry, seductive and haunting quality that was a surprise for me to hear at that time and especially coming from a group of guys so young and then there's the lyrics, it made me wonder what's going on on the road with these guys? (lol). Until this day Danger is song that still inspires a good fantasy or two.
I never was allowed to see this group perform in person, and I only lived about two blocks from Twin City Roller Rink (B00-HOO!), but a performance on
SOUL will forever remain emblazoned in my memory, after I saw that! Well forget about it!
I was convinced forever after, that these had to be the handsomest, smoothest, most gifted brothers of that era on the planet, the Jackson five were TROLLS in comparison, if not for the overwhelming power of Motown and the pioneering achievements of the Original 1st family of soul, The Stairsteps, would we have ever known of the Jacksons forget about the Sylvers, the Osmonds and whoever else would follow? Highly unlikely, as a young girl I fell in love to and with the music of The Five Stairsteps and even with them (lol) the aching and the longing in the voice of young Clarence on some of these songs made My young heart ache, OH MY GOD! (baby make me feel so good) I wanted to be that girl! I kid you not(lol). I am now introducing this music to my daughter who calls herself an old soul, her favorite is It's a world of fantasy. She finds their music as romantic as I did. (and we are both hard pressed to be romantic about anything) I lost track of these guys, but I did jam to All night thing, and I'm now discovering the solo efforts of Keni Burke, glad to hear he's still sharing himself with the world.

One more tribute; Dear Prudence, where can I find it, although at the time, a lot of my friends weren't sure about it, I played it to DEATH!!!! A Beatles song done in the way these guys did it? Aw come on! I thought their rendition was so hip and funky and altogether different from a black group of that time, and then that aching, longing for love voice again, HELP! For me they made Dear Prudence completely and forever their song.

There are very few good clear photos of these guys on the web especially after they got older, so Mr. President of The Five Stairsteps fan club, what can you do about that, and how can we communicate with this family do they know that they have fans who have endured after all these years and want to talk with them? Hook a sistah up!!!!
Fan from NJ

>>By maxie   (Thursday, 19 Aug 2004 07:56)

I'm elated to see fans are still talking about The Five Stairsteps. It's good to see there is still interest in The Five Stairsteps. I will pass on these discussions among others on the net to the Burke bunch. They will be awfully surprised of the enormous talk about them on the net.

>>By Babycakes   (Wednesday, 24 Nov 2004 13:32)

I have been listening to the Stairsteps since they 1st came out so that gives you an idea of how young I am. I have been searching for the "Resurrection" album for about 8 years now. Someone stole my one and only copy. I wish the technology had been around back in the early 90's, I sho-nuff would have burned a few copies of that classic album.
Is there anyone out there who could tell me where I might be able to locate this music?
I'm not surprised that there are so many of us out here who still appreciate guuuuuuuuudddddd music......and singing. I have also introduced my children to ole school music. Guess what.......They absolutely luvvvvvvv it.

I agree with one of the other members when she said "why not the Stairsteps". I don't think they are in the R&B or the Rock & Roll Hall of fame. I could be wrong, but I don't think they are. This family completely changed the face of "Group R&B" forever and it's time they be recognized for for their contributions.

Jackson Whoooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!......Please...LOL

Who do we need to yell at to bring this family the the recognition that they so rightly deserve???????

>>By kneck   (Sunday, 5 Dec 2004 12:13)

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