McPhatter Clyde - The Ballads Of Clyde McPhatter (CD)

McPhatter Clyde - The Ballads Of Clyde McPhatter (CD)


1-CD (4-plated Digipak) with 32-page booklet, 29 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min.

We can’t rewrite music history, but we would like to shine a light on a great, influential and underrated artist: Clyde McPhatter.
Whoever is interested in the history of American pop music will know the Drifters and the Dominoes – two formations, characterized and famous for the fantastic voice of the lead singer: Clyde McPhatter.
With two simultaneously released CD documentaries on Bear Family we honor the great life achievement of an important crossover artist, who has significantly influenced genres such as gospel, doo-wop, rhythm & blues and pop.
Our ’Clyde McPhatter Rocks’ CD (Bear Family BCD17614) features Clyde’s rousing up-tempo numbers; now here is the compilation of his most moving ballads on CD, carried by one of the most beautiful black voices of her time!
Extensive liner notes by Chicago expert Bill Dahl, detailed richly illustrated booklet and premier sound quality.

Few soulful voices of the 1950s and ’60s could caress a ballad the way Clyde McPhatter did, seemingly without even trying. He could make any song soar heaven-bound with his gospel-soaked curlicues and unpredictable twists and turns, helping greatly to define the concept of soul music. Bear Family’s bountiful collection of the rhythm and blues legend’s ballad output takes an in-depth look at his seminal Atlantic Records years, focusing on his solo period but also including a handful of dreamiest entries as lead singer of The Drifters as well as both sides of his duet single with Ruth Brown. Clyde’s Treasure Of Love, the wrenching Without Love (There Is Nothing), and Just To Hold My Hand were major solo hits for Atlantic. There’s also a generous helping of McPhatter’s subsequent M-G-M and Mercury output. Clyde will always rank with soul music royalty—and these majestic ballads testify as to why he’s such a regal figure.

When Clyde McPhatter died in 1972, impoverished, addicted to alcohol and plagued by depression, the world looked back on a 22-year recording career of an exceptional musician who died at only 39 years of age. At the age of five, he was already singing in the gospel choir of his father, a Baptist preacher in North Carolina. The family eventually moved to New York City, where Clyde formed a gospel formation, the Mount Lebanon Singers, in the late 1940s. As a singer, he won a coveted ’Amateur Night’ trophy at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem in 1950 and accepted an offer to become the lead tenor singer with Billie Ward & The Dominoes, one of the most popular R&B vocal groups in the entire country.

In 1953, McPhatter parted ways with Ward, was tracked down and signed by Atlantic head, Ahmed Ertegun. Condition: the formation of his own vocal group. The result: The Drifters. But he also left this formation after only a few years and concentrated on a solo career. He recorded the first great achievements, parted with Atlantic Records, switched to M-G-M and later Mercury. But further great successes and especially recognition failed to materialize. Frustrated, he moved to England for two years in 1968, tried an ineffective comeback after his return and died of multiple organ failure on June 13, 1972.

McPhatter left us a magnificent legacy of melancholy ballads. The unique singer truly deserved more recognition during his lifetime!
To complement this compilation of his best ballads, we recommend ’Clyde McPhatter Rocks’ (BCD17614), featuring the outstanding up-tempo songs of Clyde McPhatter.

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01 Treasure Of Love Clyde McPhatter

02 Fever Clyde McPhatter

03 Warm Your Heart Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters

04 The Bells Clyde McPhatter

05 The Glory Of Love Clyde McPhatter

06 The Clock Clyde McPhatter

07 The Best Man Cried Clyde McPhatter

08 Honest I Do Clyde McPhatter

09 I’m Not Worthy Of You Clyde McPhatter

10 Everyone’s Laughing Clyde McPhatter

11 Maybe Clyde McPhatter

12 Just To Hold My Hand Clyde McPhatter

13 The Bells Of St. Mary’s Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters

14 Raining In My Heart Clyde McPhatter

15 Seven Days Clyde McPhatter

16 Rock And Cry Clyde McPhatter

17 I Never Knew Clyde McPhatter

18 When The Right Time Comes Along Clyde McPhatter

19 I Gotta Have You Clyde McPhatter & Ruth Brown

20 Without Love (There Is Nothing) Clyde McPhatter

21 What Am I Living For Clyde McPhatter

22 You’ll Be There Clyde McPhatter

23 I Told Myself A Lie Clyde McPhatter

24 C.C. Rider Clyde McPhatter

25 When You’re Sincere Clyde McPhatter

26 Love Has Joined Us Together Clyde McPhatter & Ruth Brown

27 (I’m Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over Clyde McPhatter

28 Blues Stay Away From Me Clyde McPhatter

29 I Make Believe Clyde McPhatter

Lisää samalta artistilta: McPhatter Clyde