Bobby McClure

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Bobby McClure (April 21, 1942 – November 13, 1992) was an American soul singer.[1]

McClure was born in Chicago, Illinois, then by the age of two, raised in St. Louis, and sang in church and gospel groups in his youth. He sang with The Soul Stirrers (then led by Sam Cooke) in the 1950s, and moved into secular music soon after, singing with Bobby & the Vocals, Big Daddy Jenkins, and Oliver Sain. McClure, who recorded for Checker, a subsidiary of Chess Records, scored two hit singles in the U.S. in 1965, and thereafter helped launch the careers of Little Milton and Fontella Bass; during this time he also played with Otis Clay and Shirley Brown.[1] "Peak of Love" was a soul hit, that barely scraped the pop charts in late 1966.[2]

McClure moved on from music in the 1970s, working in an Illinois jail as a corrections officer, though he recorded some singles in the 1980s.[1]

McClure suffered a brain aneurysm in 1992, and died in Los Angeles, California, of complications from a stroke soon after.[1]

Later compilation album releases included Younger Man Blues (Shanachie, 1994)[3] and an earlier joint album with Willie Clayton, Bobby McClure & Willie Clayton (Hi Records, 1992).[4]

Charting singles[edit]

  • "Don't Mess Up a Good Thing" (1965) US #33, US Black Singles #5
  • "You'll Miss Me (When I'm Gone)" (1965) US #91, US Black Singles #27
  • "Peak of Love" (1966) US #97[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Prato, Greg. "Bobby McClure - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  2. ^ a b Bobby McClure. "Bobby McClure - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  3. ^ "Younger Man Blues - Bobby McClure : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 1994-06-14. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Bobby McClure & Willie Clayton - Bobby McClure : Releases". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-27.