With Clyde McPhatter singing lead, The Drifters first entered the Rhythm & Blues Hit Parade in the fall of 1953 with “Money Honey,” where it stayed for 23 weeks.
“Honey Love,” “Such A Night” and “What’cha Gonna Do” would follow before an entirely new Drifters with lead singer Ben E. King would skyrocket to the top of the pop charts with “There Goes My Baby” and “Dance With Me” in 1959. “This Magic Moment ” hit in 1960 with “Save The Last Dance For Me” peaking at #1 on the Hit Parade.
Rudy Lewis replaced King as lead for more Drifters hits, “Please Stay,” “Sweets For My Sweet,” “When My Little Girl Is Smiling,” and in 1963 top five million seller “Up On The Roof.” “On Broadway” did the same in 1963.
Johnny Moore took over as lead singer of the Drifters for more top five pop gold with “Under the Boardwalk” in 1964.
The Drifters were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2009.
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