with an appreciation of The Drifters
They pre-date Motown and the Memphis sound by a decade and as such are the seminal rhythm and blues crossover hit singles group.
' The string of hits they accumulated with a variety of lead singers in the 50s and early 60s is astonishing. First there was the beautiful falsetto of Clyde McPhatter ; then the very different and very stirring Ben E. King ; followed by two other not so famous, but equally effective, lead singers - Rudy Lewis and Johnny Moore.
' " There goes my baby " was very important as the first rhythm and blues big hit to have an orchestral section. And they have had so many great songs that are just classic sentiments of teenage life. In the 70s they gained a new lease of life in Britain with a few hits written and produced here but their international success and importance lies in the 50s and early 60s.'
Producer TEDDY WARRICK
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