Sunday, May 6, 2012

Golden Hits - The Drifters

The Drifters' Golden Hits

The Drifters are a long-lived American doo-wop and R&B/soul vocal group with a peak in popularity from 1953 to 1963, though several splinter Drifters continue to perform today. They were originally formed to serve as Clyde McPhatter's (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) backing group in 1953.
Rolling Stone magazine states that the Drifters were the least stable of the vocal groups due to being low-paid hired musicians of their management. The Treadwell Drifters website states that there have been 60 vocalists in the history of the Treadwell Drifters line. Several splinter groups by former Drifters members add to the count. Only one splinter Drifters group features a classic Drifters member, Charlie Thomas' Drifters. Nevertheless, there are two versions of the Drifters that are notable. The first classic Drifters formed by Clyde McPhatter was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as "The Drifters" or "The Original Drifters". The second Drifters formed by Treadwell featuring Ben E. King was separately inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as Ben E. King and the Drifters. In their induction, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame eclectically selected four members from the classic Drifters, two from the second Drifters, and one from the post-King Treadwell Drifters.
According to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, "Through turmoil and changes the (original) Drifters managed to set musical trends and give the public 13 chart hits, most of which are legendary recordings today." Matching that feat more or less, the non-original Drifters managed to give the public 13 Hot 100 top 30 chart hits.

Track: 1: There Goes My Baby,
Track: 2: If You Cry True Love, True Love,
Track: 3: Dance With Me,
Track: 4: This Magic Moment,
Track: 5: Save The Last Dance For Me,
Track: 6: I Count The Tears,
Track: 7: Some Kind Of Wonderful,
Track: 8: Up On The Roof,
Track: 9: On Broadway
Track: 10: Under The Boardwalk,
Track: 11: I've Got Sand In My Shoes,
Track: 12: Saturday Night At The Movies

The Drifters
Origin New York City, U.S.
Genres R&B, doo wop, soul
Years active 1953-present
Labels Atlantic
Neon Records
Associated acts Ben E. King
Clyde McPhatter

Michael Williams
Damion Charles
Ryan King
Carlton Powell

Past members
Clyde McPhatter
Gerhart Thrasher
Andrew Thrasher
Bill Pinkney
Willie Ferbee
Walter Adams
Ben E. King
Doc Green
Beary Hobbs
Rudy Lewis
Charlie Thomas
Tommy Evans
Eugene Pearson
Johnny Terry
Johnny Moore
Bobby Hendricks
Rudy Ivan
Jimmy Lewis
Ray Lewis
Louis Price
Maurice Cannon

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