The Drifters Similar Artists

The Shirelles - 100% match to The Drifters

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Passaic, New Jersey, USA, the Shirelles are possibly the archetypal ‘girl-group’; Shirley Owens (10 June 1941, Passaic, New Jesey, USA), Beverly Lee (b. 3 August 1941), Doris Kenner (b. Doris Coley, 2 August 1941, North Carolina, USA, d. 5 February 2000, Sacramento, California, USA) and Addie ‘Micki’ Harris (b. 22 January 1940, d. 10 June 1982) Read more

Clyde McPhatter - 93% match to The Drifters

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Clyde Lensley McPhatter, 15 November 1932, Durham, North Carolina, USA, d. 13 June 1972, New York City, New York, USA. For three years, McPhatter was the lead singer in the seminal R&B vocal group Billy Ward And His Dominoes. He left in 1953 to form the Drifters, whose early releases were enhanced by the singer’s emotional, gospel-drenched delivery. In 1954 McPhatte Read more

Ben E. King - 88% match to The Drifters

Genres: Blues Doo Wop Easy Listening Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Benjamin Earl Nelson, 28 September 1938, Henderson, North Carolina, USA. King began his career while still a high-school student singing in a doo-wop group, the Four B’s. He later joined the Five Crowns who, in 1959, assumed the name the Drifters. King was the featured lead vocalist and occasional composer on several of their recordings including ‘There Goes My Bab Read more

Jackie Wilson - 85% match to The Drifters

Genres: Doo Wop Easy Listening Electronic & Ambient Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jack Leroy Wilson, 9 June 1934, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 21 January 1984, Mount Holly, New Jersey, USA. When parental pressure thwarted his boxing ambitions, Wilson took to singing in small local clubs. He sang with the Thrillers (a predecessor group to the Royals) and recorded some solo tracks for Dizzy Gillespie’s Dee Gee label as Sonny Wilson, before replacing Clyd Read more

Bobby Vee - 77% match to The Drifters

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Thomas Velline, 30 April 1943, Fargo, North Dakota, USA. Vee’s first exposure to the rock ‘n’ roll scene occurred in macabre circumstances when his group, the Shadows, deputized for Buddy Holly after the singer was killed in an air crash in February 1959. Soon after, Vee’s group were discovered by famed producer Snuff Garrett and saw their indepen Read more

The Coasters - 76% match to The Drifters

Genres: Doo Wop Doo Wop Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Music Theme Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The illustrious career of the Coasters, the pre-eminent vocal group of the early rock ‘n’ roll era, was built on a remarkable body of cleverly comic R&B songs for Atco Records fashioned by their producers, Leiber And Stoller. Under their direction, the Coasters exchanged the crooning of ballads favoured by most groups of the era for robust and full-throated R& Read more

The Platters - 76% match to The Drifters

Genres: Christian & Gospel Doo Wop Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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One of the leading R&B vocal groups of the 50s, they were the first black group to be accepted as a major chart act and, for a short time, were the most successful vocal group in the world. The Platters were formed in Los Angeles in 1953 by entrepreneur/songwriter Buck Ram (21 November 1907, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 1 January 1991). Through his ownership of the Platter Read more

Righteous Brothers - 75% match to The Drifters

Genres: Pop / Rock
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The Righteous Brothers - 75% match to The Drifters

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Despite their professional appellation, Bill Medley (William Thomas Medley, 19 September 1940, Santa Ana, California, USA) and Bobby Hatfield (b. Robert Lee Hatfield, 10 August 1940, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, USA, d. 5 November 2003, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA) were not related. They met in 1962 at California’s Black Derby club, where they won the approbation of its mixed-r Read more

The Clovers - 74% match to The Drifters

Genres: Doo Wop Easy Listening Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US R&B vocal ensemble formed in Washington, DC, in 1946, and built a career recording smooth ballads and bluesy jumps for New York independent Atlantic Records, in the process becoming one of the most popular vocal groups of the 50s. By the time the group first recorded for Rainbow Records in early 1950, the Clovers comprised John ‘Buddy’ Bailey (1930, Was Read more

The Five Satins - 74% match to The Drifters

Genres: Blues Doo Wop Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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This R&B vocal group was formed in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, in 1955. The Five Satins’ first hit, ‘In The Still Of The Nite’ (US R&B number 3 and pop Top 30 in 1956), was one of the definitive songs of the early rock ‘n’ roll era, with its strong chanting of doo-wop riffs in the background and impassioned lead work. The group on this record c Read more

Brook Benton - 73% match to The Drifters

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Benjamin Franklin Peay, 19 September 1931, Camden, South Carolina, USA, d. 9 April 1988, New York City, New York, USA. A stylish, mellifluent singer, Benton’s most ascendant period was the late 50s/early 60s. Although he began recording in 1953, Benton’s first major hit came in 1959 on forging a songwriting partnership with Clyde Otis and Belford Hendricks. ‘I Read more

Four Tops - 73% match to The Drifters

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
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The Crystals - 72% match to The Drifters

Genres: Classical Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This highly influential 60s US female vocal group were the product of Phil Spector, for his pioneering Philles record label. They, along with the Ronettes, were one of the definitive ‘wall of sound’ groups of the 60s. They came together after meeting in the legendary Brill Building where the group was preparing demos for the Aberbach’s famous publishing company H Read more

The Everly Brothers - 71% match to The Drifters

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Folk Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Don (Isaac Donald Everly, 1 February 1937, Brownie, Kentucky, USA) and Phil (b. Phillip Everly, 19 January 1939, Chicago, Illinois, USA), the world’s most famous rock ‘n’ roll duo, had already experienced a full career before their first record, ‘Bye Bye Love’, was released. As sons of popular country artists Ike and Margaret, they were pushed into t Read more


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