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Included are three hits while lead singer with the Drifters - Money Honey [# 1 R&B for ELEVEN weeks in late 1953/early 1954], Lucille [# 7 R&B in March 1954], and Honey Love [# 1 R&B for three weeks in July 1954]. All the other tracks are from his solo years at Atlantic, MGM, and Mercury with, among them, his very hard-to-find version of Little Bitty Pretty One which reached # 25 Billboard Pop Hot 100 in summer 1962 backed by Jerry Kennedy's orchestra and The Merry Melody Singers.
The others charted as follows: A Lover's Question [# 1 R&B/# 6 Pop Top 100 November 1958 with Howard Biggs & His Orchestra]; Lover Please [# 7 Hot 100 April 1962 with Stan Applebaum & His Orchestra]; Treasure Of Love [# 1 R&B/# 16 Top 100 - June 1956]; Without Love )There Is Nothing) [# 4 R&B/# 19 Top 100 February 1957 with Ray Ellis & His Orchestra]; Ta Ta [# 7 R&B/# 23 Hot 100 September 1960]; Deep In The Heart Of Harlem [# 90 Hot 100 January 1964 with Alan Lorber & His Orchestra - the year the R&B charts had been suspended by Billboard]; Let's Try Again [# 13 R&B/# 48 Hot 100 January 1960 with Ray Ellis & His Orchestra]; and Crying Won't Help You Now [# 22 R&B and # 117 Hot 100 "Bubble Under" in May 1965 and his last charted hit].
After forming the gospel group The Mount Lebanon Singers when he was just 14, Clyde joined Billy Ward's Dominoes when only 17 in 1950.Read more ›
There's nothing but excellent music on this album. "Lover's Question" was a hit for Clyde and it still sounds great today! His excellent diction and that percussion enhance the song; there's also a backup chorus but Clyde never really needed backup--he was quite the masterful performer! "Lover Please" is perfect in Clyde's more than capable hands; and I really like "The Treasure of Love" which gets the royal treatment from Clyde McPhatter.
"Without Love (There Is Nothing)" gets a most sensitive treatment; this is quite a gem and I love it. "Little Bitty Pretty One" is full of energy and it's easily a major highlight of this album! Moreover, there's "Ta Ta" with Clyde singing this to perfection--and beyond; "Money Honey" with its terrific beat and Clyde standing front and center which is right where he belongs!
"Honey Love" has a great flavor to it with those drums; Clyde aces this as effortlessly as if it were mere breathing and I'm very impressed. "Lucile" is very well done; and "Deep in the Heart of Harlem" is faultlessly performed by Clyde. "Let's Try Again" picks up the pace a little bit and the CD ends well with Clyde McPhatter performing the very memorable "Crying Won't Help You Now."
Clyde McPhatter may have left us all too soon; but he lives on through his music on albums like this one. This is a wonderful CD for any fan of the great Clyde McPhatter; and it also makes a great starting point for newcomers just discovering his incredible artistry.
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Love to sing along with the old songs, although I thought there were more of them. Still enjoying it!Published 1 month ago by Donna S.
I love Cylde McPhatter and this cd has all of his biggest hits and they sound just like they did when I first heard them on the radioPublished 19 months ago by Chris Denton
This another old school cd.it to was our school,and other dance places,all the cd and artist bring back old time.they are stiil as good.Published on March 8, 2014 by clemmon stewart
I grew up listening to Clyde McPhatter, amongst others of course, but the quality of his voice left a lasting impression.
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Great CD, however I do not like being told how many words to write. This is why I do not do reviews oftenPublished on March 27, 2013 by Phyllis Cragg
In my steady rotation. I had not heard some these selction, the stardards. He could swing and swing anything for me!Published on March 25, 2013 by L. Muhammad