TREASURE OF LOVE * CLYDE McPHATTER * ATLANTIC 1092 * USA
Clyde McPhatter had a beautiful high tenor voice, John Cashmere characterized it as being "like a musical instrument" , and some of his best singing was for the Atlantic label. After leaving the Dominoes in 1953 Clyde McPhatter led The Drifters at Atlantic as one of the top R&B groups of the time, in the summer of 1955 he left The Drifters and embarked on a solo career. The first 'solo' release by McPhatter was Everyone's Laughing Atlantic 1070 but was actually recorded by him with The Drifters but their name was cut from the credits. His second release as a solo artist was a duet with Ruth Brown Love Has Joined Us Together # 1077, all this time McPhatter was still in the army. Atlantic released Seven Days # 1081 by McPhatter in December 1955, his first real solo recording. In the spring of 1956 Clyde McPhatter was discharged from the army and Atlantic released the above - a haunting ballad well suited to his voice -and the record was a huge success, eventually selling more than two million copies, making him into one of the headline acts in R&B.
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