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. "Peak of Love" was a soul hit, that barely scraped the pop charts in late 1966.
- "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
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