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The Drifters

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Clyde McPhatter was singing lead tenor for Billy Ward and His Dominoes starting in 1950. The group probably owed a good part of their success to Clyde’s sweet high-pitched tenor voice. McPhatter left the Dominoes in 1953, and soon reached an agreement with Ahmet Ertegun, to form a group of his own choosing. He called them The Drifters.

Clyde wanted a mixture of different sounds, and brought together four members from his old church group. This first combination didn’t mesh very well, so he gathered a new group of vocalists consisting of himself (lead tenor), first tenor Bill Pinkney, second tenor Andrew Thrasher, baritone Gerhart Thrasher, Willie Ferbee on bass and Walter Adams on guitar. This assemblage worked!

The Drifters had their first major hit with “Money Honey”. It was released in September of 1953 displaying the name: Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters. This launched The Drifters into the limelight. Read more »