Three great 45’s from this Chess master all heavily played at the Wheel and later the Blue Note in Manchester especially the first two:
The Entertainer – Chess
Tony Clarke’s The Entertainer was a major, outstanding and original soul recording played on the sixties Mod Soul scene at the Twisted Wheel And The Blue Note . The B side was also good – This Heart Of Mine which was covered by Jimmy James who also did Ain’t Love Good Ain’t Love Proud. Poor Boy and You’re a Star were also good but not given as much play at the Twisted Wheel as the live Ain’t Love Good, Ain’t Love Proud which was probably as big a hit at the club as The Entertainer. Others were: Woman Love and a Man (similar but inferior to Ain’t Love Good). Landslide became much more popular on the later Northern Soul scene.
Originally from New York, Tony Clarke grew up in Detroit and trained to be a chef. He had a bit part in the film In They Call Me Mr Tibbs (Sidney Poitier).
He was killed By His Wife in an argument in 1970 – apparently he started it trying to beat her up!
The Entertainer began with an instrumental introduction taken from I Got Plenty O’ Nothing from George Gershwin’s Porgy And Bess.
Landslide (had to be imported) and was more of a favourite on the second coming of the Soul scene many years after at the Wigan Casino the Northern Soul crowd continued and adopted our sounds and went on to discover many we had missed.
Can’t underestimate how popular this was at the Twisted Wheel 1965 – forever…Lyrics – The Entertainer – Tony Clarke
You’re the entertainer, the entertainer You’re the entertainer, the entertainer
You made ’em laugh, and you left ’em feelin’ glad You made ’em cry, and you left ’em feelin’ sad They’ve seen you perform in so many plays But they’re not to know you’re unhappy today
So they’ll never know, go on with the show Cause, You’re the entertainer, the entertainer You’re the entertainer, the entertainer
The curtain’s up, and your audience is waiting out there Now walk on stage, boy, like you don’t have a care And don’t let ’em know that you’re feelin’ so low Since your girl put you down, you’re a sad-hearted clown
But the show must go on, go on and on Cause, You’re the entertainer, the entertainer You’re the entertainer, the entertainer, yeah
Now hear that applause, now you know you made the grade You fooled them well, for the money they paid Now walk off in style, and don’t forget to smile Though your heart tells you, ‘frown’ you can’t let the people down
Sure your one girl has gone, but you’ve got to walk on When, You’re the entertainer, tell yourself (the entertainer) You’re the entertainer, you know, you can do it (the entertainer) You’re the entertainer, walk on, in style now (the entertainer) You’re the entertainer, come on, in style now (the entertainer) You’re the entertainer, come on, in style now (the entertainer)