Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Drifters

Concert Series, Ordway Concert Hall

Approximate Run-time: 90 minutes with 20 minute intermission

The Drifters ongoing story has covered the entire spectrum of rock and roll. They were the first musical group to include string instruments into rhythm & blues music with their hauntingly beautiful song, “There Goes My Baby” and the first musical group to sell two million records with their pop classic, “Up On the Roof.”  Their historical journey has included no less than five legendary lead singers, including Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King.  Along with legendary artists like the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Supremes, the Drifters were among the first class of Rock & Roll legends, and the first African American vocal group, to be initiated into the Hall of Fame.

From their inception in the early 1950’s and up until recently the Drifters have a symbiotic relationship with rock and roll legend George Treadwell, who’s discovered and managed such famous artists as Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, and Nina Simone. The Treadwell Family was there when the original Drifters formed and were responsible for guiding their career through 20 years of uninterrupted hits that have made them the second most successful recording artist of all time, according to Billboard Magazine.