Chris McClure was born in Ibrox in 1943 into a musical family. Chris never knew his father, an American entertainer called Chris Gill, but he was in show business and as a child, his mother Leanorra, taught Chris to dance and sing. Growing up he loved football but realized his real talent was performing and aged nineteen Chris joined The Fireflies and became their front man singer. Chris McClure and the Fireflies were a popular 60s Glasgow based group. They became known for their tight sound and vocal harmonies specializing in Tamla Motown and Soul music. They played throughout Scotland but were the resident band at the Flamingo after the Pathfinders and also the Picasso Club in Buchanan Street, Glasgow.
Despite their fabulous live performances their singles on the Polydor label including “The Answer to Everything” and “I’m Just a Country Boy” failed to make an impression in the UK charts.
When the group featured in the STV pop program called Stramash (1971) they changed their name to The Chris McClure Section.
The band continued to enjoy popularity in Scotland but as disco became popular live bands were less in demand. Chris McClure embarked on a solo career as Christian and was a very successful club act in Scotland.
He went on to become an actor and featured regularly in pantomime. In 2006 The Chris McClure Section reunited for occasional performances.
Worth a listen
The Dying Swan (1966)
I’m just a country boy (1967)
The answer to everything (1966)
Our song of love (1969)
Chris McClure Section
Your only passing time (1971)
Easy easy (1978)
Shine it on (1978)