Clyde McPhatter

You'll Be There
1957


Clyde McPhatter was born in 1933 in Durham, North Carolina, the son of a Baptist minister who would develop his vocal style as a member of the Mount Lebanon Singers gospel group. His first endeavor into secular music was with Billy Ward’s Dominos, who made an impression with such early songs as “60 Minute Man,” on which McPhatter was a participant. In 1953, McPhatter created the Drifters, with whom he cut such R&B chestnuts as “Money Honey” and “Such a Night.” Like his life, his time with the Drifters would be short-lived, abbreviated by his draft into the Air Force in 1954. Upon his return, he sought a solo career that produced periodic successes for the Atlantic (“A Lover’s Question”), Mercury (“Lover Please”) and Amy (“A Shot of Rhythm and Blues”) labels. On June 13, 1972, he passed away in his sleep at age 39 from complications brought on by alcohol abuse. In 1987 was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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