The Five Stairsteps, known as 'The First Family of Soul', were an American Chicago soul group made up of five of Betty and Clarence Burke Sr.'s six children: Alohe Jean, Clarence Jr., James, Dennis, and Kenneth 'Keni', and briefly, Cubie. They are best known for the 1970 song 'O-o-h Child', listed #392 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The Chicago group was dubbed 'First Family of Soul' because of their successful five-year chart run; the moniker was later passed on to The Jackson 5. Initially a teenage five-member brothers and sister vocal group made up of the offspring of Betty and Clarence Burke, The Five Stairsteps (named by Mrs. Burke who thought her kids looked like stair steps when lined up according to their age) featured lead singer Clarence Jr.
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