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Clyde McPhatter (November 15, 1932 ‚Äď June 13, 1972) was an Americanmarker R&B singer.

Life and career

McPhatter was raised in a religious Baptist family, and formed a gospel group in 1945 after his family moved to New Jerseymarker. They soon relocated to New York Citymarker, and McPhatter joined the gospel group Mount Lebanon Singers.

In 1950, McPhatter joined Billy Ward & the Dominoes, and was present for the recording of "Sixty Minute Man" for Federal Records and produced by Ralph Bass. After recording several more songs, including "Have Mercy Baby", McPhatter quit the group in 1953. McPhatter then signed to Atlantic Records after forming a group, The Drifters, who released "Money Honey", "Such a Night", "Honey Love", "White Christmas" and "Whatcha Gonna Do".

In 1954, McPhatter was drafted but was assigned in the United Statesmarker, allowing him to continue recording. He soon left The Drifters and launched a solo career. His first solo hit occurred just after being discharge - "Love Has Joined Us Together" (with Ruth Brown). He released several R&B recordings in the next few years, with the Brook Benton-penned song "A Lover's Question", which made it to #6 in 1958. Later that year, the song "Lover Please" was released. His 1956 recording "Treasure of Love" saw his first solo #1 on the R&B charts and one week in the UK Singles Chart. It reached #16 on the U.S. Pop charts.

McPhatter soon signed to MGM Records, and released several more song, including "I Told Myself a Lie" and "Think Me a Kiss" (1960) and his first single for Mercury Records "Ta Ta". "I Never Knew" and "Lover Please", which made it to #7 in 1962.

In the late 1960s, McPhatter spent some time living in Englandmarker where he was backed by UK band "ICE".

Back again in Americamarker, Clyde McPhatter died of complications of heart, liver, and kidney disease, and was buried at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, New Jerseymarker.

Legacy and honors

In 1987 was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Famemarker.

The Rockabilly Hall of Fame recognized his pioneering efforts.

The Original Drifters were inducted in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998.

The United States Postal Service issued a stamp in his honor in 1993.

The song "Money Honey" (1953) was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.


Title Peak Pop


Peak R&B


Year Label
Love Has Joined Us Together /I Gotta Have You (with Ruth Brown) - 8 1955 Atlantic
Seven Days 44 2 1956
Treasure of Love 16 1
Without Love (There Is Nothing)/I make Believe 19 4 1957
Just to Hold My Hand 26 6
Thirty Days - -
Long Lonely Nights 49 1
Rock and Cry 93 -
Come What May 43 3 1958
Lover Please 32 4
A Lover's Question 6 1
Lovey Dovey 49 12 1959 Atlantic
I Told Myself a Lie 70 MGM
Since You've Been Gone 39 14 Atlantic
Twice As Nice 91 MGM
You Went Back on Your Word 72 13 Atlantic
Let's Try Again 48 13 MGM
Just Give Me a Ring 96 1960 Atlantic
Deep Sea Ball / Let the Boogie-Woogie Roll - -
Think Me a Kiss 66 MGM
Ta Ta (Just Like a Baby) 23 7 Mercury
This Is Not Goodbye / One Right After Another - - MGM
Tomorrow Is a-Comin 103 - 1961 Mercury
I'll Love You Til the Cows Come Home 110 -
A Whole Heap of Love - -
I Never Knew 56 17
Same Time Same Place - -
Lover Please 7 - 1962
Little Bitty Pretty One 25 -
Maybe / I Do Believe - -
The Best Man Cried 118 -
From One To One 127 - 1963
Deep In the Heart of Harlem 90 90
Second Window, Second Floor - - 1964
Baby Baby / Lucille - -
Crying Won't Help You Now 117 22 1965
A Shot of Rhythm and Blues / I'm Not Going to Work Today - - 1966 Amy
Sweet and Innocent / Lavender Lace - - 1967
Baby You Got It - - 1968 Deram
I'll Belong to You /Book of Memories - - 1970 Decca
Why Can't We Get Together / Mixed Up Cup - -

No album he recorded ever appeared on the charts.

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