1932 – Born in Durham, North Carolina on the15th of November.
1945 – He was raised in a religious Baptist family, and formed a gospel group after his family moved to New Jersey.
1950 – McPhatter joined Billy Ward & the Dominoes, and was present for the recording of "Sixty Minute Man" for Federal Records
1953 – McPhatter quit the group because he made little money and gained virtually no fame, in spite of his voice being the lead on most of the group’s songs.
1954 – McPhatter was drafted but was assigned in the U.S., allowing him to continue recording.
1956 – His recording of "Treasure of Love" saw him enjoy just one week in the UK singles chart. The lack of any subsequent entry gave him the unenviable tag there of being a one hit wonder.
1958 – He released several R&B hits in the next few years, but made only one serious dent in the pop charts, with the Brook Benton-penned song "A Lover’s Question", which made it to #6.
1960 – McPhatter soon signed to MGM Records, and released several more hits. "I Told Myself a Lie" and "Think Me a Kiss" became minor pop hits, as was "Ta Ta", his first single for Mercury Records.
– McPhatter spent some time living in England, where he still had a significant audience, but this was short-lived. Back again in America.
1972 – Died of a heart attack on the 13 of June.