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Clyde McPhatter

Bill Millar, History of Rock, The, 1981

PERHAPS THE MOST INNOVATIVE OF ALL R&B singers, Clyde McPhatter brought a new and radical sound to popular music by singing with a spirit and vitality unfamiliar beyond the confines of the Negro church. In a great number of best-selling records, first with the Dominoes, then the Drifters and finally by himself, he broke down the barriers which divided gospel from blues and pop.

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