Foundations singer Clem Curtis dead at 76

Curtis passed away of lung cancer at age 76 yesterday.

Clem, who lived in Buckinghamshire, provided the stunning vocals on the hit Motown track Baby, Now That I've Found You. It has been claimed that the song was the first by a multi-racial band to top the charts. No cause of death has been announced although his family confirmed his passing.

Speaking to the BBC earlier this year, Curtis' wife said: "Well unfortunately, he has been diagnosed with two cancers". He did stay to audition new lead singers with the band eventually settling on Colin Young who would have worldwide fame with his first single for the group, Build Me Up, Buttercup. Curtis fronted further Foundations singles in "Back on My Feet Again" (also a Hot 100 hit) and "Any Old Time (You're Lonely and Sad)" in 1968.

He went on to launch a solo career in the 1970s. Young was the lead singer of 'Build Me Up Buttercup'.

Born in Trinidad, Curtis moved to England as a teenager joining the band that would become The Foundations in 1966.

At the end of the decade he reunited with original Foundations guitarist Alan Warner to re-cut the original Foundations hits and then continued to perform under The Foundations name with various line-ups.

Before being diagnosed with his illness, Clem was a regular on the live performance circuit in the United Kingdom, performing at several hotels and on cruise ships until his death.

  • Salvatore Jensen