Bobby McClure

Genres: R&B / Soul
Tags: soul rhythm and blues deep soul Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s


21 April 1942, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 13 November 1992, Los Angeles, California, USA. McClure’s family moved to East St. Louis when he was two years old, and he was singing in church by the time he was nine. A year later, he provided the unbroken high-tenor lead in the otherwise all-female Spirit Of Illinois gospel group, who went on to tour the ‘programs’ with better-known gospel quartets such as the Swan Silvertones, the Pilgrim Travellers and the Soul Stirrers, for whom McClure’s idol Sam Cooke was singing lead. By the late 50s, McClure was involved in R&B, and formed the doo-wop group Bobby And The Vocals. Subsequently, he sang with East St. Louis drummer Big Daddy Jenkins’ band, before replacing vocalist Bernard Mosley with Oliver Sain’s famous revue. Sain launched two other major blues/soul names, Little Milton and Fontella Bass. Bass and McClure duetted on his first recording, ‘Don’t Mess Up A Good Thing’,...

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