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Clyde McPhatter: 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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  • Interpret: Clyde McPhatter

  • Album titlle: The Ballads Of Clyde McPhatter (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code AR
  • Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • Year of publication 2021
  • EAN: 5397102176159

  • weight in Kg 0.115
McPhatter, Clyde - The Ballads Of Clyde McPhatter (CD) CD 1
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
Clyde McPhatter The Dominoes No lead tenor was as monumentally influential to the future... more
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Clyde McPhatter

The Dominoes

No lead tenor was as monumentally influential to the future of R&B vocal groups as The Dominoes' Clyde McPhatter. He was the first to incorporate an overt gospel influence into his impassioned leads, influencing everyone from Smokey Robinson to Aaron Neville to most of Clyde's successors with The Drifters. If it had been up to Billy Ward, the Dominoes' iron-fisted founder, Clyde would have reined in his sanctified tendencies and sounded like The Ink Spots' Bill Kenny. Thank goodness Clyde didn't listen to his boss. Ward was born September 19, 1921 in Savannah, Georgia but mostly grew up in Philadelphia. A gifted piano composer at age 14, he went on to study music at the prestigious Juilliard School. After an Army stint, Ward was working in New York as a vocal coach when he met talent agent Rose Marks. The two would co-manage The Dominoes until her 1955 death.

The group started out as The Ques in 1950, Ward bringing together McPhatter (born November 15, 1931 in Durham, North Carolina), tenor Charlie White, baritone Joe Lamont, and bass Bill Brown. Clyde sang in the choir at his mother's church, and after his family moved to New York in 1945, he harmonized with The Mount Lebanon Singers (White was also a member). But McPhatter harbored secular ambitions. He competed in the Apollo Theatre's weekly amateur contest, singing Lonnie Johnson's Tomorrow Night. Ward's authoritarian approach whipped the group into shape in a hurry. They won the Apollo amateur show, emerged victorious on the radio program 'Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts' by crooning Goodnight Irene, and got signed to King Records' brand-new Federal subsidiary (Ralph Bass was persuaded to leave Savoy and head Federal by King boss Syd Nathan). That's when The Ques name bit the dust. The Dominoes made their first session for Bass in New York on November 14, 1950.

Their debut single, issued shortly before year's end, was also Federal's inaugural offering. It paired the upbeat Chicken Blues, fronted by bass singer Brown, with a Clyde-led Do Something For Me that was the first volley in a soulful revolution, even if pianist/arranger Ward didn't care to encourage it. The deliberate tempo of Do Something For Me, credited to Ward and Marks, allowed Clyde to work sanctified magic with its pleading lyrics. The rest of the group, all ex-gospel singers, pitched in sympathetically abetted by shimmering guitar. The shattering ballad blasted up to #6 R&B over a ten-week span that commenced in February of '51.

Clyde McPhatter

The Drifters

Great as they were, Clyde McPhatter's Drifters weren't the first black vocal group to use the name. There were several that came before. Recording for songwriter Otis Rene's Excelsior label in Los Angeles, these Drifters beat Clyde to the punch by a couple of years. While their sound looked backward to the 1940s rather than forward the way McPhatter's visionary outfit would, their Honey Chile was a lighthearted charmer, the polished group riding a backdrop built around bouncy piano and winding electric guitar. The other side, the Rene-penned Mobile, was bluesier and more lowdown, though hardly back in the alley. By 1953, there could be no doubt who owned the name. But these Drifters ably kept it warm until McPhatter and his crew broke out like gangbusters.

 

 

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Customer evaluation for "The Ballads Of Clyde McPhatter (CD)"
26 May 2021

Wonderful!

Well, these two new CDs are a complete joy. With a combined 63 tracks they represent both the uptempo and ballads that Clyde McPhatter excelled at. Covering his Atlantic, MGM and Mercury periods they serve as a much extended ‘Best of’ with lots of lesser-known numbers of equal quality.
The Atlantic recordings are in a class of their own – from his time with the Drifters and his solo career following his discharge from the US Army in mid ’55. Songs like ‘Money Honey’, ‘Treasure of Love’, ‘A Lover’s Question’ and ‘Whatcha Gonna Do’ are all classics of their time and sound wonderful to this day. My favourites ‘Let The Boogie Woogie Roll’ and ‘Deep Sea Ball’ that came out belatedly in 1960 fairly jump out of the speakers and show the depth of the recordings that Atlantic had in the can. Indeed, the when the Atlantic unissued tracks were released in late ’59 and 60 to compete with the new 45s generated from his move to MGM, they charted much higher.
It’s fair to say that Clyde’s tenure at MGM wasn’t particularly spectacular. Only ‘Twice as Nice’ and a couple of others make the Bear Family cut. Much more successful was his move to Mercury where Clyde got his second musical wind. Twinned with Clyde Otis and then the young producer Jerry Kennedy (prior to his success with both Roger Miller and Jerry Lee Lewis) he hit big with his cover of Thurston Harris’ ‘Little Bitty Pretty One’, Ta Ta’ and Billy Swan’s ‘Lover Please’. Mercury spared no expense and gave Clyde great backing and strong songs.
The booklets that accompany the CDs have liner notes by Bill Dahl and include the usual details that competing companies don’t bother with. There’s also loads of photographs, a few of which are new to these eyes.
Wonderful!

26 May 2021

Wonderful!

Well, these two new CDs are a complete joy. With a combined 63 tracks they represent both the uptempo and ballads that Clyde McPhatter excelled at. Covering his Atlantic, MGM and Mercury periods they serve as a much extended ‘Best of’ with lots of lesser-known numbers of equal quality.
The Atlantic recordings are in a class of their own – from his time with the Drifters and his solo career following his discharge from the US Army in mid ’55. Songs like ‘Money Honey’, ‘Treasure of Love’, ‘A Lover’s Question’ and ‘Whatcha Gonna Do’ are all classics of their time and sound wonderful to this day. My favourites ‘Let The Boogie Woogie Roll’ and ‘Deep Sea Ball’ that came out belatedly in 1960 fairly jump out of the speakers and show the depth of the recordings that Atlantic had in the can. Indeed, the when the Atlantic unissued tracks were released in late ’59 and 60 to compete with the new 45s generated from his move to MGM, they charted much higher.
It’s fair to say that Clyde’s tenure at MGM wasn’t particularly spectacular. Only ‘Twice as Nice’ and a couple of others make the Bear Family cut. Much more successful was his move to Mercury where Clyde got his second musical wind. Twinned with Clyde Otis and then the young producer Jerry Kennedy (prior to his success with both Roger Miller and Jerry Lee Lewis) he hit big with his cover of Thurston Harris’ ‘Little Bitty Pretty One’, Ta Ta’ and Billy Swan’s ‘Lover Please’. Mercury spared no expense and gave Clyde great backing and strong songs.
The booklets that accompany the CDs have liner notes by Bill Dahl and include the usual details that competing companies don’t bother with. There’s also loads of photographs, a few of which are new to these eyes.
Wonderful!

30 Apr 2021

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Tracklist
McPhatter, Clyde - The Ballads Of Clyde McPhatter (CD) CD 1
01 Treasure Of Love
02 Fever
03 Warm Your Heart
04 The Bells
05 The Glory Of Love
06 The Clock
07 The Best Man Cried
08 Honest I Do
09 I'm Not Worthy Of You
10 Everyone's Laughing
11 Maybe
12 Just To Hold My Hand
13 The Bells Of St. Mary's
14 Raining In My Heart
15 Seven Days
16 Rock And Cry
17 I Never Knew
18 When The Right Time Comes Along
19 I Gotta Have You
20 Without Love (There Is Nothing)
21 What Am I Living For
22 You'll Be There
23 I Told Myself A Lie
24 C.C. Rider
25 When You're Sincere
26 Love Has Joined Us Together
27 (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over
28 Blues Stay Away From Me
29 I Make Believe