Clyde McPhatter

Birth Name:
Clyde Lensley McPhatter
Birth Date:
November 15, 1932
Birth Place:
Durham, North Carolina
Death Date:
June 13, 1972
Place of Death:
1165 East 229th Street, the Bronx, New York, New York
Cause of Death:
Heart, liver, and kidney disease brought on by alcohol abuse
Cemetery Name:
George Washington Memorial Park
Claim to Fame:
Clyde McPhatter was an American rhythm and blues, soul, and rock and roll singer. He was one of the most widely imitated R&B singers of the 1950s and early 1960s and was a key figure in the shaping of doo-wop and rhythm and blues. Only 39 at the time of his death, he had struggled for years with alcoholism and depression, broke and despondent over a mismanaged career that made him a legend but hardly a success. McPhatter left a legacy of over 22 years of recording history. He was the first artist to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, first as a solo artist and later as a member of the Drifters.

Fun Facts

While Clyde McPhatter passed away at his friends home during a visit to Queens, he actually lived at 142 Garden Street, Teaneck, New Jersey.

The last original Drifter to perform with Clyde McPhatter was Bill Pinkney who passed away at the Hilton Daytona Beach (Florida) on July 4, 2007.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

George Washington Memorial Park

234 Paramus Road

Paramus, New Jersey, 07652


North America


Cemetery map of George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, New Jersey

Grave Location:

Block O, Lot 121, Section D, Grave 4

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery, drive straight ahead and turn left at the main mausoleum. Drive to the end of the road and turn right onto the border road to Block O. Count four maple trees on the left and park. Walk 11 rows into Block O to his simple, flat bronze marker.

Grave Location GPS

40.94113603870131, -74.08588600072174



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