A Lovers Question
Little Bitty Pretty One
I’m Not Going To Work Today
A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues
Born 15th November 1932 – Durham, NC
Died 13th June 1972 – Teaneck, NJ
Eventually he was replaced by Ben E King. Many of his tracks were played at the Brazennose Street Twisted Wheel club in Manchester – his A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues became a standard for many UK live groups at the club, with the Beatles doing it and Johnny Kidd and the Pirates having a top ten hit with it. He was very popular in the UK especially Manchester and appeared live in clubs in the city quite often.
I saw him at Mr Smiths in Manchester probably about 1967. He started his gig with an excellent version of Such a Night. He was wearing what can only be described as a dark green bellhop outfit and I remember thinking that he was looking a bit overweight. He performed well on the night. Later he settled in the UK for a few years.
Clyde McPhatter was probably the most important R ‘n B vocalists of the early to mid 1950s. Treasure of Love, Long Lonely Nights, A Lover’s Question all became number one USA Hits. Sadly, in 1972 Clyde died from a heart attack brought on by alcoholism.
The US Post Service put him on a stamp in 1993:
Clyde McPhatter with the Drifters
Clyde McPhatter – Wikipedia