2007 – Bill Pinkney, the last surviving member of the original Drifters passed away on July 4th from unknown causes. He was 81. He’s up on the roof now! God Bless!
1989 – Doc Green of the Drifters dies of cancer. Age 54. Famous songs include “Up on the roof” and “Boardwalk”.
1988 – The Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Drifters, Bob Dylan and the Supremes are among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Drifters, Berry Gordy Jr., the Supremes, Les Paul, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. Beach […]
1960 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Save the Last Dance for Me,” The Drifters.
1960 – Vicki Peterson, guitarist with the Bangles and the Continental Drifters, is born in Los Angeles.
1959 – The Drifters release their single “There Goes My Baby.” Not so big a deal, you might think, except that this is the first recording of the rock era to feature a string section. Bio Formed in 1953 in New York, USA, at the behest of Atlantic Records, this influential R&B vocal group was […]
1958 – It’s bye bye to the original Drifters as manager George Treadwell fires the entire vocal group. He then hires the Five Crowns – whose number include Ben E. King – to take their place.
1955 – Disc jockey Alan Freed holds his first Rock `n’ Roll Party stage show in New York. Acts include the Clovers, Fats Domino and the Drifters.
1953 – The Drifters record “Lucille.” this day in rock history!
1936 – Drifters vocalist Rudy Lewis is born in Philadelphia. The Drifters were a long-lived American doo wop/R&B vocal group with a peak in popularity from 1953 to 1962, though several splinter Drifters continue to perform today. They were originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. Rolling Stone magazine […]