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Drifters, The

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The Inconsistent Drifters

Profile by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 7 October 1961


The Great Unknowns No.4: Ben E. King

Discography by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 20 April 1963

The Latin-Tinged Balladeer Who Never Quite Made It! ...

Ben E. King — 'The Drifters and I'

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 15 February 1964

A MUSIC reporters life is not an easy one. But a big consolation is when instead of having to report on music and artistes which ...

The Drifters: Lyceum Theatre, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 3 April 1965

DESPITE THE attraction of the Queen at an Aldwych theatre and the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon at Covent Garden Opera House, a ...

The Drifters: The Big Daddy Group

Profile and Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 3 April 1965

THE MOST interesting thing about the Drifters isn't the fact that they've been singing for ten years, that they've sold millions of records, that they've ...

LP's from Ben E. King & Drifters

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 5 June 1965

THE DRIFTERS — The Good Life — 'Quando Quando Quando'; 'On The Street Where You Live'; 'I Wish You Love'; 'Tonight'; 'More'; 'What Kind Of ...

Blind Date: Stevie Winwood

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, 15 January 1966

CILLA BLACK: 'Love's Just A Broken Heart' (Parlophone). It's Cilia — she's great, but this is one of those things that need a second listen. ...


Essay by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, March 1966

ROCK 'N' ROLL songs, according to a joke now about ten years old, have three types of lyrics: a) I love my baby, b) my ...

Atlantic's Tom Dowd: The Real Music Man

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, May 1968

TOM DOWD is a walking encyclopedia on the history of American pop music. In fact, Tom Dowd created twenty years of pop history since he ...

Aretha Franklin, the Drifters: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Robert Shelton, The New York Times, 14 October 1968


Joe Turner/LaVern Baker/The Clovers/The Coasters/The Drifters/Chuck Willis: Greatest Recordings

Review by Charlie Gillett, Rolling Stone, 3 February 1972

IN 1967, ARETHA Franklin moved from Columbia to Atlantic – in what soon proved to be one of the most important moments in the history ...

Clyde McPhatter: A Personal Tribute

Obituary by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 30 June 1972

CLYDE McPhatter is dead. I would be a liar if I said I was surprised because Clyde has been 'lost' for quite a few years. ...

Personal Recollection: Clyde McPhatter & the Drifter Years

Memoir by Jerry Wexler, Rolling Stone, 20 July 1972

(Jerry Wexler is Executive Vice-President at Atlantic Records, the most significant of the early independent labels that recorded R&B. He and Ahmet Ertegun produced the ...

The Drifters

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 6 October 1972

DESPITE BEING relatively cold in the States right now, The Drifters are having their most successful year ever in this country. They currently are on ...

The Drifters: Drifting With An Endless Identity Crisis

Report by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 31 August 1974

"BELL RECORDS and Henry Sellers Ltd., on behalf of Faye Treadwell, manager of the Drifters, wish to make known that Charlie Thomas and the Drifters ...

The Drifters

Retrospective and Interview by Cliff White, Black Music, October 1974

WHEN is a Drifter not a Drifter? That is the question. ...

The Drifters: Still Drifting

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 15 April 1975

TRYING TO interview the Drifters sometimes proves an almost impossible task but it is one that I relish every time it is made possible because ...

Ex Drifter Bill Chooses The British Way Of Life

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 11 October 1977

THE BRITISH soul colony – an ever expanding group of ex-patriot Americans who have chosen the British way of life – has had a goodly ...

The Drifters: We haven't sung soul since Clyde McPhatter left!

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 17 January 1978

GROUPS COME, groups go. One day it'll rain, next day it'll be sunny. But one thing that you can rely upon is the fact that ...

Clyde McPhatter

Retrospective by Bill Millar, The History of Rock, 1981

PERHAPS THE MOST INNOVATIVE OF ALL R&B singers, Clyde McPhatter brought a new and radical sound to popular music by singing with a spirit and ...

The Drifters: Under The Boardwalk

Retrospective by Bill Millar, The History of Rock, 1982

The Drifters are an institution. Very few vocal groups have remained popular for almost 30 years, and in an area notable for its lack of ...

The Voice Squad

Overview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 12 January 1985

From the raw to the pure, from the sublime to the meticulous — BARNEY HOSKYNS sings the praises of 24 of music's most glorious voices. ...

Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters

Sleeve notes by Pete Grendysa, Atlantic Records, 1988

FROM THE MOMENT the lights were dimmed in the old St. Nicholas Arena for Alan Freed's first New York Rock And Roll Show in January, ...

Kenny Lynch: Nothing But The Real Thing

Sleeve notes by Kieron Tyler, RPM Records, September 2004

KENNY LYNCH HAS been at the heart of British showbusiness over 40 years. Whether he's acting, writing for light entertainment or drama, singing, performing comedy ...

Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters

Sleeve notes by Gene Sculatti, Collector's Choice Music, August 2007

"I fell in love with the man's voice. I toured with the group and watched Clyde and listened; finally I got a chance to join ...

The Drifters: I'll Take You Where The Music's Playing (Collectors' Choice Music)

Sleeve notes by Gene Sculatti, Collectors' Choice Music, August 2007

IF THE MID-'60s "Brill Building era" – when teams like Goffin-King, Bacharach-David and Mann-Weil wrote like what seemed two-thirds of the hits in Top 40 ...

Jerry Leiber, 1933-2011

Obituary by David Hepworth, The Word, October 2011

The man who made "15-minute radio plays" into hits. ...

see also Ben E. King

see also Clyde McPhatter


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