The Drifters

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 1988

Inducted by: Billy Joel

Nominated in: 1988

First Eligible: 1986 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Clyde McPhatter, Ben E. King, Rudy Lewis, Johnny Moore, Bill Pinkney, Charlie Thomas and Gerhart "Gay" Thrasher

Snubbed Members: Dock Green, Elsbeary Hobbs, Jimmy Oliver, Abdul Samad, Andrew Thrasher, Reggie Kimber, Eugene Pearson

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1988 (ranked #64) .

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Money Honey (1953)
There Goes My Baby (1959)
Save the Last Dance for Me (1960)
This Magic Moment (1960)
Up On The Roof (1962)
On Broadway (1963)
Under The Boardwalk (1964)

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One of the best ever. "Save the Last Dance For Me" is about as close to musical bliss as you can get

Ben E. King deserves a solo induction. However, I was wondering whether he was inducted with The Drifters or not.

Posted by Mr. Octagon on Friday, 10.3.08 @ 21:12pm

Actually,there is a precedent of sorts to Small Faces/Faces and that goes back to the third year of the HoF.

The Drifters were two different groups from two different eras, both groups were on the same label, but again, two different groups from two diferent eras, yet key members of both groups are in the HoF together.

The Drifters

Clyde McPhatter, Ben E. King, Rudy Lewis, Johnny Moore, Bill Pinkney, Charlie Thomas, Gerhart Thrasher

Posted by Roy on Monday, 10.3.11 @ 21:00pm

The history of rhythm and blues are full of groups whose names are held in the highest by fans and devotees, but it was The Drifters that linked rhythm and blues of the 50s with the soul of the 60s. They epitomized the vocal sound of New York City not only at its' beginnings in the 50s, but also in the following decade. Their place in rock and roll history is as complex as their role in it. In their sweet yet streetwise of R&B infused with influences from gospel. The songs they recorded came from all kinds of sources, including the songwriting teams of Leiber and Stoller and Goffin and King. All these people were from New York City and The Drifters were the ideal group for the delivering of scenarios of life in the big city. WIth Leiber and Stoller serving as producers, the songs the group cut brought in strings and Latin rhythms into the the vocab of popular music.

Some of thier best songs include "Honey Love", and "Money Honey".

With thier sounds and their style of singing, The Drifters went on to influence such singers as Berry Whte, Marvin Gaye and Billy Joel.

Posted by Andrew on Tuesday, 03.5.13 @ 12:01pm

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