Singer Clyde McPhatter
Billy Ward & the Dominos ~ The Drifters
birth name: Clyde Lensley McPhatter

Clyde McPhatter

November 15, 1932, Durham, NC ~ June 13, 1972, New York, NY

Clyde McPhatter was one of the most influential R&B singers of the '50s and early '60s. In his own time, his name and voice loomed so much larger than that of the group the Drifters, which he founded, that it took five years for them to recover from his departure. ~ Allmusic: Clyde McPhatter ~ retrieved October 23, 2013 © Allmusic

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Perhaps the most widely imitated R&B singer of the 1950s and 1960s, making him a key figure in the shaping of doo-wop and R&B. He had high-pitched tenor, that was steeped in the gospel music he sang in much of his younger life. He is best known for his solo hit A Lover's Question. McPhatter was lead tenor for The Mount Lebanon Singers, a gospel group he formed as a teenager; and later, lead tenor for Billy Ward and His Dominoes. McPhatter was largely responsible for the success the Dominoes initially enjoyed. After his tenure with the Dominoes, McPhatter formed his own group, the Drifters before going solo. Dying at the age of 39 in 1972, Clyde McPhatter left a legacy of over 22 years of recording history. ~ Wikipedia: Clyde McPhatter ~ retrieved October 23, 2013 © Wikipedia

Clyde McPhatter ~ Inducted in the 1987 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ “If there is one voice through which the glories of R&B ran their course in the 1950s,” wrote Nick Tosches, “it very well may be Clyde McPhatter’s.” Clyde McPhatter possessed a unique vocal instrument, a lively high tenor that captured the promise and fervor of the teenage Fifties. ~ 1987 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Clyde McPhatter ~ Clyde McPhatter (1959) ~ Ranked #321 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012

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