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Clyde McPhatter

1932

Clyde McPhatter is born in Durham, North Carolina.

1952

“Have Mercy Baby,” by the Dominoes - featuring Clyde McPhatter on lead vocal - enters the R&B chart, which it will top for ten weeks.

1953

Clyde McPhatter leaves the Dominoes, and Ahmet Ertegun signs him to Atlantic, where he forms and fronts a new band

1953

“Money Honey” becomes the first of seven Top Ten R&B hits for Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters.

1954

Clyde McPhatter is drafted for a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, where he attains the rank of corporal.

1955

While on furlough, Clyde McPhatter resumes his recording career as a solo artist. He debuts with “Love Has Joined Us Together,” a duet with fellow Atlantic artist Ruth Brown.

1956

“Treasure of Love,” the first of three Number One hits for Clyde McPhatter - and a milestone in doo-wop balladry - enters the R&B chart.

1957

“Long Lonely Nights” becomes the third major hit of the year for Clyde McPhatter, eventually topping the R&B chart.

1958

“A Lover’s Question” - the biggest single of Clyde McPhatter’s solo career - enters the charts, where it will peak at #1 R&B and #6 pop.

1959

Clyde McPhatter enters the R&B chart for the eleventh (and final) time as an Atlantic Records solo artist with the Brook Benton-penned “You Went Back On Your Word.”

1960

Clyde McPhatter’s “Ta Ta” enters the charts, where it will peak at #7 R&B and #23 pop. It will be his best showing during his tenure at Mercury Records.

1965

“Crying Won’t Help You Now,” the last of sixteen hits for Clyde McPhatter, enters the charts.

1970

Welcome Home, by Clyde McPhatter, is released on Decca Records. The title refers to McPhatter’s return to the U.S. after emigrating to England.

1972

Clyde McPhatter dies of a heart attack in The Bronx, New York.

1987

Clyde McPhatter is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 2nd annual induction dinner. Billy Joel is his presenter.

1992

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates seven seminal rock and roll and rhythm & blues artists with commemorative stamps. The artists were Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, and Dinah Washington.

1999

A double-disc compilation entitled Clyde McPhatter is released.