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invisible man's band

Invisible Man's Band

stairsteps 1976

The Invisible Man's Band consisted of:

Clarence Newton Burke Jnr. b. 25th May 1949, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., d. 26th May 2013, Marietta, Georgia, U.S.A. (lead and acoustic guitar)

James Burke b. 1952, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. (vibes)

Kenneth (Keni) Burke b. 28th September 1953, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. (bass guitar)

Dennis Burke b. 1953, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. (rhythm guitar)


Dean Gant (all synths and keyboards)

Five Stairsteps

Five Stairsteps

The Invisible Man's Band were the brainchild of Clarence Burke, brother of Keni Burke and originally a member of the Chicago family group The Stairsteps.

Together with Alex Masucci, Clarence took the group to Island Records in the late 70's and enjoyed success on the U K soul scene with 'All Night Thing' in 1979.

The album 'Invisible Man's Band' followed the next year along with a follow-up single 'Love Can't Come / Love Has Come'.

The track was released by Island in 1980, but in 1981 they switched to the Boardwalk Entertainment label.

Five Stairsteps

Five Stairsteps

The label was owned by Neil Bogart (with whom the group had worked with during their Five Stairsteps days).

Here the group released 'Really Wanna See You', again co-produced with Alex Masucci, containing the popular title track and the much sought after 'Along The Way'.

Both of these album releases were conspicuous by the omission of an image of the group, strangely a condition written into the contracts of each set.

Invisible Man's BandReally Wanna See You

A further change came with a move to the Move N Groove label for the 'Sunday Afternoon' (1983) 12" single.

In the early nineties there were rumours regarding Clarence joining the Stairsteps for a reunion, although, to this day, these rumours have not yet reached fruition.

Clarence Burke sadly passed away in 2013.

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Invisible Man's Band (Island Records 1980)

Really Wanna See You (Boardwalk Records 1981)

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