Personalities | The Dominoes | Roots of Rock

(Vocal group, 1950–65)

The Dominoes were an R&B/pop vocal group led by Billy Ward, a child prodigy and army choir director who attracted singers like Clyde McPhatter and Jackie Wilson to the group. The Dominoes’ biggest R&B hit was the raunchy ‘60-Minute Man’. The group’s version of ‘Stardust’ reached No. 12 on the pop charts in 1957. Ward’s strict-disciplinarian ways led to a high turnover rate. McPhatter became lead singer of The Drifters and Wilson developed a legendary solo career.

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


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