Studio 54 Owners Begged The Clark Sisters To Perform Their Hit Song at The Popular Nightclub

by Jeremy Spirogis
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The buzz surrounding Lifetime’s biopic of The Clark Sisters remains to be going. The made for tv movie turned the community’s highest-rated authentic film debut in 4 years and has birthed a brand new technology of followers for the best-selling gospel group of all time. 

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Members of The Clark Sisters 1984 | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Known for his or her skill to mix gospel lyrics with catchy beats, their single “You Brought The Sunshine” turned their signature tune. The tune was their first crossover hit, even making its approach to New York City’s famed Studio 54 nightclub – with the house owners pleading with the group to carry out dwell for his or her partygoers. 

“You Brought The Sunshine” is one among The Clark Sisters greatest hits

You Brought the Sunshine is the eighth album launched by The Clark Sisters, in addition to the album’s title monitor. The album was launched in 1981 and have become probably the most influential albums of their profession, incomes them a Gold certification by the RIAA and peaked at quantity 9 on the Billboard Gospel Chart. 

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The tune was written and organized by Twinkie Clark, who was impressed by Stevie Wonder’s “Master Blaster (Jammin’) for its reggae beat and island infused sounds. Twinkie typically took parts of jazz and R&B music and utilized them to tunes for The Clark Sisters. 

Despite the eventual success of the tune, it took nearly a 12 months to hit airwaves and achieve traction because of many faith-based organizations and radio stations believing it lacked a gospel basis. 

Studio 54 needed The Clark Sisters to carry out “You Brought The Sunshine” 

In The Clark Sister’s episode of TV One’s Unsung, Jackie Clark defined that as a result of reggae beat, gospel stations refused to play the tune. It wasn’t till radio character Frankie Crocker of the R&B Soul radio station WBLS in New York City performed “You Brought The Sunshine” that it started to take off. It marked the primary time a tune by The Clark Sisters was performed on secular radio, a time period used to explain music that isn’t of the gospel style.

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The tune was splashed throughout all radio stations, and even made its approach to the disco scene with folks dancing to the tune in nightclubs, together with Studio 54 in New York. 

“They wanted us to actually come and sing,” Dorina Clark-Cole defined within the particular. “The man said, ‘Ma’am, we will pay you whatever you want, we will give you top dollar if you just please come to the studio,” referring to her mom who labored as their reserving agent on the time. But The Clark Sisters’s mom wouldn’t budge.

“My mother said, ‘Now I ain’t going to have my girls in no studio with y’all dancing,’” Clark-Cole recalled with amusing.

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“You Brought The Sunshine” was a success with mainstream audiences however Chuch leaders had been towards the tune

“You Brought The Sunshine” was the group’s first style of success on a grand scale however the Church neighborhood was not impressed. Leaders of each their house church and church buildings throughout the nation felt that gospel music ought to be stored inside the style and never enchantment to folks in nightclubs – or to individuals who weren’t affiliated with any faith.

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The Clark Sisters disagreed with the opinion of these within the church, believing that their music had the facility to the touch and spark change worldwide. 

Karen Clark-Sheard recalled followers coming as much as her telling her how a lot their music helped them. “People said, ‘I was on the dance floor dancing and I heard you all singing Jesus would bring the sunshine and that helped me because I was going through a difficult time,’” she remembered. “My sister [Twinkie] was like, ‘Well this is what we are out here for!’”

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With so many individuals touched by their music, The Clark Sisters ignored the grunts of their opposers and continued preaching the gospel to anybody prepared to pay attention. It got here at a worth after their mom carried out with them on stage through the 1983 Grammy Awards.

Their mom was pressured to stay inside her excessive place within the church underneath the situation that she by no means carry out along with her daughters once more – which she selected to do. She did, nevertheless, proceed to help and tour with them, cheering them on from the sidelines. 

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