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The Drifters Featuring Charlie Thomas

In 1953, when Clyde McPhatter left The Dominoes after such hits as "Have Mercy Baby" and "Sixty Minute Man" he got together with a gospel group known as "The Civitones" and asked members Gerhart and Andrew Thrasher to join him and Bill Pinkney to form a new singing group. They called themselves The Drifters because each member drifted from one singing group to another. They signed with Atlantic records in New York and in September, 1953 had their first hit with a Jesse Stone song called "Money Honey". This song was followed with hits like "Honey Love" (which Clyde wrote),"Bip Man" and the Irving Berlin classic,"White Christmas."

In April, 1954, Clyde went into the Army and was replaced for a while by David Baughan, who sounded almost like Clyde. In 1955 Johnny Moore became the lead on such hits as "Adorable, Ruby Baby, Soldier of Fortune, Gotta Get Myself A Woman" and "Was Tears".

In 1957, Johnny was drafted into the army and was replaced by Bobby Hendricks (who later had solo hits with "Itchy Twichy Feeling" and "Psycho"). Bobby sang lead on "Moonlight Bay" and "Drip Drop" in 1958. During the summer of 1958 the original Drifters disbanded. George Treadwell, the group's original manager, wanted to keep the name going, so in late 1958, he signed a group that he saw perform at New York's Apollo Theater called "The Five Crowns" (of "Kiss and Make Up" of fame). The group consisted of Benny Nelson (Ben E. King), Doc Green, "CHARLIE THOMAS" and Elsberry Hobbs. With Benny as the new lead of "THE DRIFTERS", they recorded their initial hit for Atlantic in the summer of 1959 (which Benny and George Treadwell had written) called "There Goes My Baby". It was the first rock recording to incorporate strings. After that came hits like "Dance With Me, This Magic Moment, Lonely Winds, Save The Last Dance For Me" and "I Count The Tears" which was the last song Benny recorded with the group.

In 1960, Ben E. King went on his own as a single artist with the song, "Spanish Harlem". He was replaced on the next Drifters hit "Some Kind Of Wonderful", by Rudy Lewis. Rudy became lead on all the Drifter's hits from 1960 until 1963, except for "Sweets For My Sweet" and "When My Little Girl Is Smiling" on which "CHARLIE THOMAS" sang lead. "Vaya Con Dios" was the last song Rudy recorded with the group.

Johnny Moore again joined the group and became the lead voice on "One Way Love, Under The Boardwalk, I've Got Sand In My Shoes" and "Saturday Night At The Movies." Of all the hits the group had, only one record made it to the number one spot on the pop music charts. That was in the fall of 1960 when Ben E. King sand lead on "Save The Last Dance For Me." The group's manager, George Treadwell died in 1967. Bill Pinkney has a group called "The Original Drifters." Ben E. King continues to perform as a solo artist. Rudy Lewis died in 1963 and Clyde McPhatter died in 1972. CHARLIE THOMAS actively continues "THE DRIFTERS" tradition as "CHARLIE THOMAS, formerly of THE DRIFTERS" and his three back up singers; Jerome Manning - tenor, Steve Brown - baritone, and Lou Bailey - bass (nephew of Pearl Bailey) perform today all over the world. They perform all of "THE DRIFTERS" hits at various venues and are concentrating on releasing some new singles soon.



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50s & 60s

? and The Mysterians - The Association - Ben E. King - Bill Medley - Righteous Brothers - B. J. Thomas - Bobby Rydell - Brenda Lee
Brian Hyland - Cathy Jean and The Roommates - The Capris - The Chiffons - Chris Montez - Chubby Checker - The Classics - The Coasters - Connie Francis - The Contours
The Crystals - Danny & The Juniors - Dee Dee Sharp - Dennis Tufano original lead singer of The Buckinghams - Dave Somerville original lead singer of The Diamonds
Dickey Lee - Dion DiMucci - The Drifters - The Duprees - Larry Chance and The Earls - Eddie Holman - Eric Burdon & The Animals - Fabian
Terry Johnson's Flamingos - Frankie Avalon - La La Brooks lead singer of The Crystals - Frankie Ford - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Freddy Cannon -
1910 Fruitgum Company
- Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Gary "US" Bonds - Gene "The Duke of Earl" Chandler - The Happenings - Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Jay Black (The Voice) - Jerry Butler - Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners - Jimmy Clanton - Johnny of Santo & Johnny - Johnny Rivers - Johnny Tillotson
Joey Dee & The Starliters - Jr. Walker's Allstar Band - Kathy Young - Kenny Vance & The Planotones - Lesley Gore - Little Anthony & The Imperials - Little Peggy March
Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs - Merrilee Rush - The Mystics - Lenny Welch - Little Richard - Lou Christie - The Marcels
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - The Marvelettes - Mel Carter - Mitch Ryder - The Orlons - Paul and Paula - Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals
Ron Dante of The Archies - Ronnie Spector - Sam Moore of Sam & Dave - Sam the Sham - The Shadows of Knight - Shirley Alston Reeves of The Shirelles
The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards - The Tokens -
Tommy James & The Shondells
- The Turtles - The Tymes - The Vogues

70s & 80s

Air Supply - Ambrosia - America - Anita Ward - A Taste of Honey - Bowzer (formerly of Sha Na Na) - The Chi-lites - The Delfonics
Dionne Warwick - Don McLean - The Dramatics -- Dr. Elmo
Evelyn "Champagne" King - Freda Payne - Gloria Gaynor - J.T. Taylor - Kool and the Gang - KC & The Sunshine Band - Kool and the Gang - The Manhattans
Martha Wash - Marty Balin - Maxine Nightingale - Melanie - O’Jays - Peaches & Herb - Peter Frampton - Poco’s Paul Cotton - The Spinners - The Stylistics - Suzi Quatro
Tavares - Thelma Houston - The Trammps - Village People

The Drifters Booking Agent – Cape Entertainment Agency
Music booking agents for original recording artist The Drifters featuring Charlie Thomas.
Book The Drifters featuring Charlie Thomas and other top celebrity talent from Doo Wop, the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and disco.


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