This song is one part Rolling Stones, one part Stevie Wonder, one part drugs, a dash of winter snow, and a generous handful of "sweet love. It is her third Christmas album with a blend of some traditional songs but mostly originals. They're dirty and no longer notice until they shower at a YMCA or get rained on and come across a mirror and can actually note their lighter skin tone. A drifter doesn't have friends or family nor do they want them, maybe deep down they do, but they can't on the surface, because that's not what drifters do.
They don't want, they don't pine, they don't ask, or beg, or need help. Drifters just drift. Mike was a drifter, he couldn't really remember a time when he wasn't a drifter, whether this was a personal choice or due to all the drugs he had taken in the past no one knew, nor did anyone care. Mike was a drifter, his parents died long ago and never had any children before they kicked the bucket, not after having Mike.
He had been a fat child, he knew that much because he'd been picked on in school, before he became a drifter and although he couldn't remember the individual occurrences the scars ran deep in his still overweight body. He had been a drifter back then too in a sense, after all his parents had died and he had no friends and that left him with nothing except his own self to keep him company. He had left as soon as possible, the orphanage that he had been placed in was too small for a drifter to feel free, so one night he left and had wandered the streets ever since.
In , however, they auditioned a young man who approached the group after a show in Cleveland. Johnny Moore had been a member of a group called the Hornets , who had done a little bit of recording without making any more than a local reputation for themselves. He sounded enough like McPhatter , however, with his pleasing high tenor, and was offered a spot in the Drifters the next day.
Moore would prove to be a mainstay of the group in two different decades. The Drifters resumed recording in September of , with Nesuhi Ertegun and songwriter Jerry Leiber producing and with Moore singing lead. This proved to be one of the very few major chart records they would enjoy during this era, however -- the Drifters were still absent from the top of the pop charts, where the real money and huge sales figures lay.
Dion would enjoy a much bigger hit with the latter song in the early '60s, but it was an important recording for the Drifters, marking their introduction to the talents of songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller , who would later take over the job of producing the group. The Drifters ' lineup was also stabilized for the first time in over a year. The original Drifters now entered their "silver age" behind Moore 's cool high tenor, ably supported by the bass singing and occasional lead spot from Bill Pinkney and Bobby Hendricks ' tenor.
As it turned out, the black record-buying public wasn't prepared to fully accept a new Drifters , without McPhatter -- black audiences practically worshipped the singer, who commanded a passionate loyalty that anticipated the future success of Sam Cooke.
Additionally, the music was changing -- white teenagers were now a much bigger part of the market than they had been in , and Atlantic set its sights on that potentially much richer vein of listeners. Late was also the point when the consequences of the Drifters' business organization caught up with the group. Their recent hits had led to more bookings than at any time since , which was good for Treadwell and his partners, but difficult for the members, who were still working on straight salary and, by Bill Pinkney 's estimation, very low salaries.
He approached Treadwell for a new arrangement, or at least more money for the group members, and he was fired. His dismissal drove fellow founding member Andrew Thrasher out of the lineup as well, and out of music altogether.
Pinkney and ex- Drifter Bobby Hendricks became the core of a new Atlantic group called the Flyers, who released one single that failed to attract much attention. The new Drifters lineup was filled by bass singer Jimmy Ricks and then, more permanently, by Tom Evans , late of the Dominoes , and baritone Charlie Hughes.
The group's fortunes now took a new turn as Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller began producing their sessions in late -- unfortunately, their arrival on the scene coincided with Johnny Moore 's receiving his draft notice in early The group was no joke intended adrift once again, in terms of its sound and lineup.
Bobby Hendricks was brought back in, and Jimmy Millender took over the baritone chores, but there wasn't a lot of good material that came from those sessions. For a time, in the absence of an ability to create a successful Drifters sound, it seemed as though Atlantic was trying to turn them into another version of the Coasters , doing light-hearted versions of pop standards.
In a way, this was understandable -- black listeners held this era's Drifters at arm's length, while white teenagers were dominating the pop charts and they seemed, at least potentially, open to new records by anyone, so Atlantic decided to cater to them, hoping for a breakthrough.
By late , Hendricks had announced his exit, and even guitarist Jimmy Oliver , who had managed to get several of his songs recorded during his four-year tenure with the group and was an unheralded mainstay of their sound, finally quit. The remaining members, such as they were, were working as hard as ever and wanted more money and, when Treadwell refused their request, they all walked out or were fired en masse. Herman's Hermits. Dionne Warwick. See more concerts near you. Tours most with The Platters.
The Coasters. The Temptations. The Four Tops. Cornell Gunter's Coasters. Read more Report as inappropriate. Videos 1. Photos 2. Posters 2. I was there. Similar artists The Everly Brothers 1 concert Track artist. Track artist. During the next year, more former members came in as replacements, making the group Moore, Billy and Ray Lewis, and Gene Jenkins replaced shortly after by George Chandler, then John Thurston. Ray Lewis was out in and was replaced by Joe Cofie. Thurston was out at the end of the year and was replaced by Roy Hemmings.
Johnny Stewart joined the group in and left in in Las Vegas. He joined The Platters and continued his singing career. This lineup lasted until , when Cofie was out and Jason Leigh was in. Leigh was replaced after two years by the returning Lamarr. Leigh returned on the next tour and Lamarr was replaced by the returning Patrick Alan. On December 30, , the group's longest-serving member, Johnny Moore, died in London.
In , Faye Treadwell left the United Kingdom and apparently abandoned the Treadwell Drifters franchise  although in January a US court had overturned a jury verdict declaring that it was abandoned.
Their new duties included stopping a trademark by a UK group calling themselves American Drifters. Hemmings left in and was replaced by Peter Lamarr. In , magazine editor Larry Marshak planned a series of concerts by the Drifters and other classic vocal groups. This brought swift legal action from Faye Treadwell, wife of George Treadwell, who was managing the Drifters.
In an attempt to grant his group the sole rights to the name, Marshak convinced Hobbs, Thomas, and Green to apply for a trademark on the Drifters name in The trademark was granted, but due to Treadwell's legal action it was revoked in in U.
Federal Court. The trio of original Drifters split afterward into separate groups. The Truth in Music Advertising laws were legislated in 34 of the 50 US states from to to stop promoters such as Marshak from assembling new groups of musicians and marketing them as well-known groups such as the Drifters.
The Drifters lineup performed at the London IndigoO2 Arena in with special guests the Drifter Legends, made up of some of the most prestigious former members of the group. Dock Green led his group, the Drifters featuring Dock Green, throughout the s and s. Ray Lewis and Roy Hemmings have led a Drifters group. Bobby Hendricks led a group, as did Billy Lewis. King and the Drifters" King, Charlie Thomas, and Rudy Lewis.
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