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Inducted in: 1987
Inducted by: Ben E. King
First Eligible: 1986 Ceremony
Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1998 (ranked #260) .
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Posted by Roy on Monday, 10.25.10 @ 09:53am
If any artist could be called the "Father Of Rock And Roll", I think Clyde McPhatter deserves the honor the most. Having been in the Dominoes, the Drifters AND having released solo records... all before "Rock Around The Clock" really shook the earth and introduced the world at large to rock'n'roll music. Absolutely foundational artist. And all of it really great rockin' R&B/rock'n'roll. Aside from "Sixty-Minute Man", which features the bass singer, another great Dominoes record is "Have Mercy Baby", although that was a later one. And "Let The Boogie Woogie Roll" is a great early solo record that I believe preceded "Money Honey" by the Drifters.
Posted by Philip on Monday, 11.7.11 @ 18:14pm
Nick Tosches said this about Clyde McPhatter: "If there is one voice which the glories of R&B ran their course in the 1950's, It would Clyde McPhatter's." He was one of the most influential of the 50s and early 60s. In his own time, his name and voice loomed larger then the group he founded, The Difters. He processed a unique vocal ability, a high tenor that captured the fervor of the 1950s. He was also idolized by African-American audiences as few perfomers were before and helped ratify R&B and it's progression into soul. Even more, Clyde was also one of the frist singers to cross over from gospel to R&B. His name gave some potential mangagers doubts. WHat black singer would have the name Clyde? But when he sang, all the laughing and doubts faded away. Even in his declining years, he still could sing songs like "Money Honey" and make them feel real and urgent. Fllowing his pasting in 1972, McPhatter's influences were still being used as singers from The Rascals and The Righteous Brothers to Al Green and Michael Jackson drew from Clyde's powerful singing voice.
Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, 12.5.12 @ 12:04pm
Nick Tosches once wrote "If there was one voice with which the glories of R&B ran their course in the 1950s, it just might be Clyde McPhatter."
Posted by Andrew on Saturday, 02.22.14 @ 00:29am
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