The Drifters (US doo wop/R&B vocal group)

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The Drifters are a long-lasting American doo-wop and R&B/soul vocal group. They were originally formed to serve as a backing group for Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953.

According to Rolling Stone magazine, the Drifters were the least stable of the great vocal groups, as they were low-paid musicians hired by George Treadwell, who owned the Drifters name. There have been 60 vocalists in the history of the Treadwell Drifters line, including several splinter groups by former Drifters members (not under Treadwell's management). These groups are usually identified with a possessive credit such as "Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters", "Charlie Thomas' Drifters", etc.

There were three Golden eras of the Drifters; the early 1950s, the 1960s, and the early 1970s (post-Atlantic period). From these, the first Drifters, formed by Clyde McPhatter, was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as "The Drifters". The second Drifters, 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 selected four members from the first Drifters, two from the second Drifters, and one from the post-Atlantic 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, subsequent formations of the Drifters recorded 13 Billboard Hot 100 top 30 chart hits. A 1970s revival in Britain, with both old and new material, was not matched in the United States, although it saw their biggest successes on the UK pop charts, peaking with the #2 hit "Kissin' in the Back Row of the Movies".

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1956 Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters 1
1958 Rockin' & Driftin' The Drifters 1
1962 Save the Last Dance for Me The Drifters 1
1964 Under the Boardwalk The Drifters 4
1966 I'll Take You Where the Music's Playing The Drifters 1
1973 Now The Drifters 1
1973 The Drifters Now The Drifters 1
1975 Love Games The Drifters 1
1975 There Goes My First Love (Music for Pleasure version) The Drifters 1
1976 Every Nite's a Saturday Night The Drifters 2
1999 Christmas With the Drifters The Drifters 1
2000 Save the Last Dance for Me The Drifters 1
2007 Now / Love Games The Drifters 1
2007 There Goes My First Love (their third album for Bell Records) The Drifters 1
This Magic Moment The Drifters 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 The Drifters The Drifters 1
1968 The Drifters' Golden Hits The Drifters 4
1982 12 Greatest Hits The Drifters feat. Ben E. King 1
1985 16 Greatest Hits The Drifters 1
1987 The Best Of The Drifters 1
1987 The Best of Ben E. King & The Drifters Ben E. King & The Drifters 1
1987 The Drifters The Drifters 1
1988 All Time Greatest Hits & More: 1959-1965 The Drifters 1
1988 Save the Last Dance for Me The Drifters with Ben E. King 1
1988 The Drifters / The Coasters The Drifters / The Coasters 1
1989 Save the Last Dance for Me The Drifters 1
1990 The Very Best of Ben E. King & The Drifters The Drifters 3
1993 Greatest Hits The Drifters 1
1993 Collection The Drifters 1
1993 Platters & Drifters - Greatest Hits The Platters & The Drifters 1
1993 The Very Best of the Drifters The Drifters 2
1995 The Best of The Drifters The Drifters 1
1995 Save the Last Dance for Me The Drifters 1
1996 On Broadway: The Drifters The Drifters 1
1996 Rockin’ & Driftin’: The Drifters Box The Drifters 1
1996 I'll Take You Where the Music's Playing The Drifters 1
1996 Anthology Four: Up on the Roof The Drifters 1
1996 The Drifters The Drifters 1
1996 The Drifters Collection The Drifters 1
1996 Up on the Roof The Drifters 1
1997 20 Greatest Hits The Drifters 1
1997 16 Greatest Hits The Drifters 1
1997 Save the Last Dance for Me The Drifters 1
1997 There Goes My Baby The Drifters 1
1997 Under the Boardwalk and Other Hits The Drifters 2
1999 Christmas Album The Drifters 1
2000 Under the Boardwalk The Drifters 1
2000 The Platters & The Drifters Collection The Platters & The Drifters 1
2001 14 Great Hits The Drifters 1
2001 On the Sentimental Side The Drifters 1
2003 The Definitive Drifters The Drifters 1
2003 Christmas With The Drifters The Drifters 1
2003 All-Time Greatest Hits The Drifters 1
2003 The Best of The Drifters The Drifters 1
2003 Golden Hits The Drifters 1
2003 Under the Boardwalk The Drifters 1
2004 The Drifters The Drifters 1
2005 16 Greatest Hits The Drifters 1
2005 Side by Side: The Drifters and The Coasters The Drifters and The Coasters 1
2006 The Legacy Continues The Drifters 1
2006 The Definitive Soul Collection The Drifters 1
2009 Five Decades & Moore The Drifters 1
2010 First Loves: The Complete Drifters Singles 1972-1980 The Drifters 1
2011 Up on the Roof - The Very Best of the Drifters The Drifters 1
2012 Their Greatest Hits The Drifters & Ben E. King 1
2013 Rock The Drifters 1
Anthology Five: Under the Boardwalk The Drifters 1
Anthology One: Clyde McPhatter The Drifters 1
Anthology Three: Save the Last Dance for Me The Drifters 1
At Their Best The Drifters 1
Drifters 15 Greatest Hits The Drifters 1
Greatest The Drifters 1
Greatest Hits The Drifters 1
Greatest Hits The Drifters 1
Greatest Hits The Drifters 1
Greatest Hits The Drifters 1
Greatest Hits The Drifters 1
Greatest Hits: R&B Prime Cuts Legends The Drifters 1
Kissing in the Back Row The Drifters 1
Les génies du Rock - in concert The Drifters 1
Rockin' & Driftin': Drifters Anthology 2 The Drifters 1
Saturday Night at the Club The Drifters 1
Saturday Night at the Movies The Drifters 1
save the last dance for me The Drifters 1
Save the Last Dance for Me The Drifters 1
Save the Last Dance for Me / The Good Life The Drifters 1
The Best of Ben E. King & The Drifters The Drifters 1
The Best of Ben E. King & The Drifters The Drifters 1
The Best of the Drifters - Saturday Night at the Movies The Drifters 1
The Drifters The Drifters 1
The Essential Collection (disc 2) The Drifters 1
The Very Best Of The Drifters 1
The Very Best of The Drifters The Drifters 1
Unchained Melodie The Drifters 1
Up on the Roof / Under the Boardwalk The Drifters 1
Up on the Roof, On Broadway & Under the Boardwalk The Drifters 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1953 Money Honey / The Way I Feel Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters 1
1954 Honey Love / Warm Your Heart Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters 1
1954 Lucille / Such a Night The Drifters 1
1956 Ruby Baby / Your Promise to Be Mine The Drifters 1

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