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Bobby McClure


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Bobby McClure (April 21, 1942, Chicago, Illinois – November 13, 1992, Los Angeles, California) was an American soul singer. McClure was 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 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.

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 of complications from a stroke soon after.

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“Don’t Mess Up a Good Thing” (1965) US #33, US Black Singles #5[2]
“You’ll Miss Me (When I’m Gone)” (1965) US #91, US Black Singles #27[2]


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