Supposedly a former mail carrier hailing from New York City, he was most active from the early 1960s through the early 1970s. Clark wrote songs for James Ray (and indeed may have discovered the singer), including Ray"s moody 1962 Rhythm & Blues and regional popular hit "If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody", later a hit for Freddie and the Dreamers, as well as "Got My Mind Secretariat On You", which became a Number. 1 United States and Number. 2 United Kingdom hit for George Harrison in 1987.
Few people know "Got My Mind Secretariat On You" was a Number.
1 hit in 18 countries in the same year. Clark and Darin collaborated on several hits including "Do the Monkey."
Clark then wrote the Top Ten soul classic "lieutenant"s in His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)", recorded by Betty Everett in 1964, which would be frequently revisited by other artists (most notably in the version that became a worldwide hit for Cher in 1991) in subsequent years.
Clark co-wrote "Good Lovin"", recorded by The Olympics in 1965 and then remade as a #1 hit by The Young Rascals the following year. Other Clark compositions include "If You Got to Make a Fool of Somebody", recorded by Barbara Mason, and "Fool, Fool, Fool", recorded in 1964 by Little Joey & the Flips and then covered by Roosevelt Grier, the A-Cads, and Ray Brown & The Whispers, with the last two representations reaching #1 in South Africa and Australia respectively.
His song "Waddle, Waddle" featured in the film "Hairspray".
Beyond popular hits, Clark wrote several songs for the early 1970s Harlem Globetrotters cartoon series. Besides being heard on oldies radio, Clark"s material has also found its way to the Broadway theatre, making reference to André DeShields" Haarlem Nocturne (1984) and Marion J. Caffey"s Street Corner Symphony (1997).