Their 50 years of artistic life have made the Drifters something more than a classic of Soul, being able to affirm with all property that they are a whole institution of music. Its long list of members in such a long history includes some of the greatest vocalists in R&B history, such as Clyde Mc Phatter, its founder, Ben E. King, Rudy Lewis, and Johnny Moore.
Relive 7 Classic Hits From The Drifters:
Swee For My Sweet
Penned by the songwriting duo of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, which was recorded by The Drifters. This was the group’s first single featuring Charlie Thomas on lead vocal which peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 10 on the R&B chart, in October 1961.
There Goes My Baby
Penned by Ben E. King, Lover Patterson, and George Treadwell. Recorded by the group as their first single shifting from 5 Crowns to the Drifters after George Treadwell fired the remaining original members.
This Magic Moment
Penned by the writing duo Doc Pomus along with pianist Mort Shuman. Recorded by the Drifters that spent 11 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached No. 16 on April 2, 1960.
Treasure Of Love
Penned by Joe Shapiro and Lou Stallman which was recorded by Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters featured on their 1956 album Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters. The song peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. R&B chart, and No. 16 on the US Pop Chart.
Under The Boardwalk
A pop song that was written by the duo Kenny Young and Arthur Resnick. The Drifters recorded the song in 1964 and charted No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Up On The Roof
Penned by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. Up On The Roof was recorded by the Drifters in 1962 and released later that year. The track peaked at No. 5 on the U.S. pop singles chart and No. 4 on the U.S. R&B singles chart.
Vaya Con Dios
The song was first recorded by Anita O’Day in 1952 and later covered by The Drifters in 1964.