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You'll Be There
|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 Wards 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 Lovers 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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