Formed in 1953 in New York, USA, at the behest of Atlantic Records, this influential R&B vocal group was initially envisaged as a vehicle for ex-Dominoes singer Clyde McPhatter (Clyde Lensley McPhatter, 15 November 1932, Durham, North Carolina, USA, d. 13 June 1972, New York City, New York, USA). Gerhart Thrasher, Andrew Thrasher and Bill Pinkney (b. 15 August 1925, Dalzell, South Carolina, USA, d. 4 July 2007, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA) completed the new quartet which, as Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters, achieved a million-selling number 1 R&B hit with their debut single, Money Honey. Follow-up releases, including Such A Night (number 5 R&B), Lucille (number 7 R&B) and Honey Love (a second chart-topper), also proved highly successful, while the juxtaposition of McPhatters soaring tenor against the frenzied support of the other members provided a link between gospel and rock n roll...
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