Personalities | Clyde McPhatter | Roots of Rock

(Vocals, 1932–72)

McPhatter was among the first singers to make the transition from gospel singer to R&B and pop star, and his emotional singing set the stage for vocalists like Jackie Wilson and Smokey Robinson. McPhatter started out with Billy Ward’s Dominoes, and left in 1953 to form and lead The Drifters. His Drifters hits included ‘Money Honey’ and ‘Honey Love’. During a successful solo career, he recorded his biggest hit, ‘A Lover’s Question’.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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