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 are two notable versions of the Drifters. 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, 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 classic Drifters, two from the second Drifters, and one from the post-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, subsequent formations of the Drifters managed to give the public 13 Billboard Hot 100 top 30 chart hits.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
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 The Drifters The Drifters 1
1964 Under the Boardwalk The Drifters 3
1966 I'll Take You Where the Music's Playing The Drifters 1
1973 The Drifters Now 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
1999 Christmas Album 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 Rating Releases
1968 The Drifters' Golden Hits Compilation The Drifters 4
1985 16 Greatest Hits Compilation The Drifters 1
1987 The Best Of Compilation The Drifters 1
1987 The Best of Ben E. King & The Drifters Compilation Ben E. King & The Drifters 1
1987 The Drifters Compilation The Drifters 1
1988 All Time Greatest Hits & More: 1959-1965 Compilation The Drifters 1
1988 Save the Last Dance for Me Compilation The Drifters with Ben E. King 1
1988 The Drifters/The Coasters Compilation The Drifters / The Coasters 1
1989 Save the Last Dance for Me Compilation The Drifters 1
1990 The Very Best of Ben E. King & The Drifters Compilation The Drifters 3
1993 Greatest Hits Compilation The Drifters 1
1993 Collection Compilation The Drifters 1
1993 Platters & Drifters - Greatest Hits Compilation The Platters & The Drifters 1
1993 The Very Best of the Drifters Compilation The Drifters 2
1995 The Best of The Drifters Compilation The Drifters 1
1995 Save the Last Dance for Me Compilation The Drifters 1
1996 On Broadway: The Drifters Compilation The Drifters 1
1996 Rockin' & Driftin': The Drifters Box Compilation The Drifters 1
1996 I'll Take You Where the Music's Playing Compilation The Drifters 1
1996 The Drifters Compilation The Drifters 1
1996 Up on the Roof Compilation The Drifters 1
1997 20 Greatest Hits Compilation The Drifters 1
1997 16 Greatest Hits Compilation The Drifters 1
1997 There Goes My Baby Compilation The Drifters 1
1997 Under the Boardwalk and Other Hits Compilation The Drifters 2
2000 Under the Boardwalk Compilation The Drifters 1
2000 The Platters & The Drifters Collection Compilation The Platters & The Drifters 1
2001 14 Great Hits Compilation The Drifters 1
2001 On the Sentimental Side Compilation The Drifters 1
2003 The Definitive Drifters Compilation The Drifters 1
2003 Christmas With The Drifters Compilation The Drifters 1
2003 All-Time Greatest Hits Compilation The Drifters 1
2003 The Best of The Drifters Compilation The Drifters 1
2003 Golden Hits Compilation The Drifters 1
2003 Under the Boardwalk Compilation The Drifters 1

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