Clyde McPhatter

Clyde McPhatter

About Clyde McPhatter

Clyde Lensley McPhatter (November 15, 1932 - June 13, 1972) was an American R&B singer, perhaps the most widely imitated R&B singer of the 1950s and 1960s, making him a key figure in the shaping of doo-wop and R&B. He had high-pitched tenor, that was steeped in the gospel music he sang in much of his younger life. He is best known for his solo hit 'A Lover's Question'. McPhatter was lead tenor for The Mount Lebanon Singers, a gospel group he formed as a teenager.; and later, lead tenor for Billy Ward and His Dominoes. McPhatter was largely responsible for the success the Dominoes initially enjoyed. After his tenure with the Dominoes, McPhatter formed his own group, The Drifters before going solo. Only 39 at the time of his death, he had struggled for years with alcoholism and depression and was, according to Jay Warners On This Day in Music History, broke and despondent over a mismanaged career that made him a legend but hardly a success.

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