The Drifters were an American vocal group of Rhythm & Blues and doo wop, founded in 1953. The band underwent several staff and member fluctuations over the years and sold over five million records, among them “Save the Last Dance for Me”, which remained on top of the hit charts for several weeks. Despite the many inconsistencies they faced, they were of the most influential and varied bands within that style of music. From the year 1976 onward, the Drifters went through at least 4 different and all of them have released albums or singles with Atlantic Records.
Lead tenor, Clyde McPhatter had initially been singing since the year 1950 in the rhythm and blues vocal group Billy Ward & His Dominoes. McPhatter left the band in 1953 and was offered a record deal with Atlantic Records to form a new band. The first recording session of Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters was integrated by gospel singers recruited by McPhatter himself, such as William “Chick” Anderson, David Baughn and David Baldwin (tenor singer) as the first formation of the incipient vocal group. After intensive rehearsal sessions with Jesse Stone, the Drifters entered for the first time a recording studio to record with session musicians such as Sam “The Man” Taylor and Ben Webster (tenor saxophone), Jesse Stone (piano) and Mickey Baker (guitar).
From these sessions in the year 1953, between May and September, many memorable songs came to fruition, among which”Money Honey” topped the R & B single charts and remained there for 11 weeks and sold over 2 million copies. Even its B side, “Lucille, which featured completely different group members, reached a top position on the R & B single charts. Other memorable songs recorded by the Drifters include “Under the Boardwalk”, “This Magic Moment”, “There Goes My Baby”. etc.