Billy Ward, Clyde McPhatter, James Van Loan (born 6-December-1922 - died 1976 - cause: ? -- later member of The Ravens on Argo and The Kings on Baton), William Joseph Lamonte and Bill Brown)
Clyde McPhatter (November 15, 1932 – June 13, 1972) was an American R&B singer, perhaps the most widely imitated R&B singer of the 1950s and 1960s, making him a key figure in the shaping of doo-wop and R&B. McPhatter was lead tenor for a gospel group he formed as a teenager called The Mount Lebanon Singers, for Billy Ward and His Dominoes, and founder of The Drifters before going solo, leaving a legacy of over 22 years of recording history....
(members Billy Ward, Clyde McPhatter, Charlie White (later member of The Checkers on King), William Joseph Lamonte and Bill Brown (later member of The Checkers on King))
First, Atlantic released two Drifters songs ("Everyone's Laughing" and "Hot Ziggety") as by "Clyde McPhatter, with vocal quartet." Then, there was a session at which he cut a couple of duets with ("Love Has Joined Us Together" and "I Gotta Have You"), as well as a couple of solos: "Seven Days" and "I'm Not Worthy Of You." Both "Love Has Joined Us Together" and "Seven Days" were solid R&B chart hits (with "Seven Days" even making the Pop charts). This was just the beginning. (I've always considered the Ruth Brown duets somewhat lackluster. They should have been a better than they were. According to Ruth, she and Clyde were having an affair at that time, which resulted in her giving birth to Clyde's son, Ron, that same year.)