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Clyde McPhatter
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Vocalist
    (November 15, 1932-June 13, 1972)
    Born in Durham, North Carolina
    Rhythm & blues singer
    Member of the Dominoes (1950-53) and the Drifters (1953-54)
    With the Dominoes sang lead on 'Have Mercy Baby' (1952) and 'The Bells' (1953)
    With the Drifters, sang lead on 'Money Honey' (1953), 'Such a Night' (1954), 'Honey Love' (1954) and 'White Christmas' (1954)
    Solo recorded the singles 'Love Has Joined Us Together' (with Ruth Brown, 1955), 'Seven Days' (1956), 'Treasure of Love' (1956), 'Without Love (There Is Nothing)' (1957), 'Long Lonely Nights' (1957), 'A Lover's Question' (1958), 'Since You've Been Gone' (1959), 'Ta Ta (Just Like a Baby)' (1960) and 'Lover Please' (1962)
    Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist (1987) and as a member of the Drifters (1988)
    He fathered a son out of wedlock with fellow R&B singer Ruth Brown.
    After the hits dried up, he became increasingly depressed and drank heavily.
    Shortly before his death, he responded to an interviewer who introduced herself as a fan of his by declaring, 'I have no fans.'
    He was asked to join the Dominoes after wowing the audience during amateur night at Harlem's Apollo Theatre.
    On the Dominoes' records, he was one of the first performers to apply gospel-style 'sanctified' singing to R&B songs.
    Smokey Robinson said, 'He was one of the first guys I ever listened to. When he first came on the scene, he was The Man.'
    He was the first person inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Credit: C. Fishel


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