Chanteur Country US né Cleveland Francis, Jr., le 22 Avril 1945 à Jennings (Louisiane).

While he dreamed of a career in country music as a boy and even learned guitar as a youth, performing seemed destined to became only a hobby when Cleve Francis obtained his degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1973. Francis moved to Washington, D.C., and established himself as a cardiologist. However, he was soon moonlighting in local clubs as a singer, and even self-released three albums on his own label. Francis' real break came through heart-attack patient Olaf Hall, whose brother was "Big John" Garfield Hall, a member of the R&B band the Heartbeats. Big John helped Francis get an audition with Playback Records, who signed him and released an album; while it didn't sell well, his debut single and video, "Love Light," released in 1990, both won critical acclaim. The widespread attention led to a deal with Liberty, who released Francis' Tourist in Paradise in 1991, when he was 48. It marked the first prominent contract for a black country artist since Charley Pride. The album featured a re-recorded version of "Love Light"; it and two other cuts from the record became minor chart hits. Two years later Francis returned with Walkin', which appeared on Capitol. Its title track made a few waves, but failed to make him a household name. You've Got Me Now appeared in 1994 on Liberty, but by 1995 Francis had left the industry and returned to his medical career. In 1998, he was one of the motivational forces behind Warner's From Where I Stand: The Black Experience in Country Music.

Talents : Vocals, Songwriter, Guitar, Cardiologist

Style musical : Contemporary Country

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10 20



11/1985 SP Southern Tracks ST-1050 (US) Martin (vocals) / Martin (instr.)
12/1991 SP LIBERTY ST-57728 (US) Love Light / Happy
1992 SP LIBERTY ? (US) You Do My Heart Good / ?
1992 SP LIBERTY ? (US) How Can I Hold You / ?
1993 SP LIBERTY ? (US) Walkin' / ?


1984 LP 12" CFP EGE 822 (US) Timeless - Moonlight Lover / They Just Don’t Know / Mr. Bojangles / Sarah / Thank You / Hey Nelly Nelly / War A Children’s Game / Nobody Knows / Freedom
1992 LP 12" Cleve Francis COT-107 (US) Lovelight - Last Call For Love - Travelin´ Man / Endlessly / Cry Baby / Nothing Rhymes With Love / After You / Lovelight / One More Time / Moonlight Lover / Pity The One / Last Call For Love
03/1992 CD CAPITOL CDP 0777 7 96498 2 (US) TOURIST IN PARADISE - Love Light / Feathers / Happy / Rock Solid / Tourist In Paradise / You Do My Heart Good / How Can I Hold You / Tip Of My Fingers / You're Reason They Write Love Songs / Those Were The Days These Are The Nights
05/1993 CD LIBERTY CDP 0777 7 80033-2 (US) WALKIN' - Walkin' / Run Like The Wind / I Won't Let You Walk Away / If You'll Stop Hurting Me / One More Last Chance / Your Love Stays With Me / When Will It Be Love / I Was Losing You / Heartaches On Parade / You Can't Call It Love
08/1994 CD LIBERTY CDP-8-29090-2 (US) YOU'VE GOT ME NOW - Love Or The Lack There Of / We Fell In Love Anyway - (with Patti AUSTIN) / Not Even Monday / It Ain't Gonna Worry My Mind / You've Got Me Now / A Love Like This / Here You Are / The Only Explanation / If You'll Let This Fool Back In / What I Wouldn't Give
01/2007 2 CD Cleve Francis ? (US) Story Time - LIVE AT THE BIRCHMERE - CLIVE FRANCIS & FRIENDS :
CD 1 : Intro / I'll Stop Loving You / Dancing Boy / Never Been A Honkey Tonk / Departure / Poncho And Lefty / Decacel / It's Probably Me / Ashoken Farewell / I Turn To You / A Love Like This / Daddy Cut My Hair / Sailing To Philadelphia Intro - Sailing To Philadelphia
CD 2 : City Of New Orleans / Taxi / The Only Explanation - The Only Explanation / Desperado / Baloney Again Intro - Baloney Again / Two Names On An Overpass Intro - Two Names On An Overpass / Lovelight / Wake Up, Little Sparrow / Better Off With The Blues / Wait In Vain / Rainy Night In Georgia / Walkin‘ / You Send Me

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