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White Californian singer Chris Clark is often called Motown’s answer to Dusty Springfield, and the comparison stretches further than them being two tall white ladies with “black voices”: both were husky-voiced soul singers who fooled a lot of first-time listeners into thinking they were black Southerners, causing considerable surprise when they appeared on stage for live shows.
Chris came to Motown in 1963 full of hopes, as a young vocalist with some nightclub experience, but – like Martha Reeves – having turned up at Hitsville for an audition, she then ended up doing office work while waiting for her chance behind the mic. That chance finally came at the end of 1965 when her début 45, Do Right Baby Do Right (written and produced by Motown boss Berry Gordy, who took a personal interest in her career development) finally appeared. She never scored a major hit and was eventually forgotten as a new generation of soul stars came through the Motown production line in the late Sixties, but she remains a star on the Northern Soul scene and had a fascinating life after hanging up her microphone (she scored an Oscar nomination for writing the screenplay to Lady Sings The Blues, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg).
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