Recognize him? He’s Clem Curtis who died this week at the age of 76.
Curtis was the original lead singer of The Foundations, a group out of the United Kingdom.
Born in Trinidad, Curtis joined The Foundations in 1967 and sang on a handful of records. But in 1968, frustrated at what he thought was a lack of effort by the band, he left.
Replacing him was new vocalist Colin Young. With Young now doing the singing The Foundations would go on to have their biggest international hit with the pop-soul classic “Build Me Up Buttercup,” a No. 3 hit on the Hot 100 in 1969, not exactly a forgotten oldie.
Curtis did the honors on the group’s breakout hit “Baby Now That I’ve Found You,” which topped the singles charts in the U.K. and reached No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100.