This CD covers most (but not all) of his Atlantic hits.
It was 70 years ago, as I write this Column, on Nov. 15, 1932, that Clyde Lensey McPhatter was born in Durham, North Carolina.
His musical career started as a child soprano at Mount Calvary Baptist Church where his father was a minister.
But the first offering which put him on the charts was the blockbuster million selling R&B hit "Sixty Minute Man" where he was part of Billy Ward and The Dominoes in 1951. His association with the Dominoes ended in 1953, and soon thereafter he formed the Drifters with whom he released one of the most soulful Rhythm & Blues / Rock'n'Roll classics of all time: "Money Honey" on Atlantic Records.
Clyde McPhatter, a patriotic American with the voice of an angel.
Elvis Presley also recorded a superb version of "Money Honey", which, with "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", must count as two of the most intense and hard driving outings Presley ever waxed.
After "Money Honey", McPhatter's silky soulful voice delivered an array of unsurpassed Rock'n'Roll hits: "Seven Days", "A Lover's Question", "Treasure Of Love", "Long Lonely Nights", "Without Love", "Lovey Dovey", "Honey Love" (a hit also for rockabilly legend Narvel Felts), etc.
"Let The Boogie Woogie Roll" is a roaring tornado that will not let go!!
But my two favourite ones are: "The Deep Sea Ball" and "Let The Boogie Woogie Roll". There are few records in the history of Rock'n'Roll which can compete with the sheer excitement of Clyde's vocals and the relentless pulsating rhythm of these two gems!! Rock'n'Roll / Rhythm & Blues doesn't get much better than this!
His final hit, in 1962, was "Lover Please", written by Rockabilly star Billy Swan who later hit big himself with "I Can Help".
By the late 1960's/early 1970's, Clyde McPhatter's soulful rockin' music had fallen in disfavor with the American public who was hooked on "English Invasion" type pop groups, and Woodstock Hippie Psychedelic stuff.
Real American music was being shunned, and Clyde McPhatter was heart broken. At the young age of 39 he died of a heart attack on June 13, 1972.
Another great CD.
His influence was immediate and continues to this day: from Jackie Wilson to Elvis, from Ben E. King to Smokey Robinson, and dozens more who followed, to this day give recognition to Clyde McPhatter with the soulful silky voice.
He was the voice of an angel, a great American, a Rock'n'Roll giant, he would have been seventy years old today, we do miss him indeed.
Memorialized for eternity on a US postage stamp.
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