“Up on the Roof.” “Under the Boardwalk.” “This Magic Moment.” “Dance with Me.” “Spanish Harlem.” “Stand by Me.” The list of hits goes on and on. The Drifters… one of rock and roll’s founding vocal groups is once again touring the U.S. From their inception in the early 1950’s and up until recently, The Drifters’ historical journey has included no less than five legendary lead singers, including Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King. The group's ongoing story has covered the entire spectrum of rock and roll. They were the first musical group to incorporate string instruments into rhythm and blues music with their hauntingly beautiful song, "There Goes My Baby." They were the first musical group to sell two million records with their pop classic "Up On The Roof." Along with fellow inductees the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Supremes, the Drifters were in the first class of rock and roll legends to be initiated into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the first African American group to be inducted. Their classic tune "Under the Boardwalk" is the most played R&B record of all time.
With classics such as “The Great Pretender,” “Only You,” “Twilight Time,” and their rendition of “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” The Platters became one of the greatest vocal groups of the early rock and roll era, churning out hit after hit during the mid-to-late 1950’s and the 1960’s. The Platters have long been considered one of the classiest and most romantic of all the early rock and roll groups. The talented vocalists who make up today’s touring group continue to open the hearts and minds of new generations of music consumers to the rich vocal and historical tradition that is The Platters, making their timeless melodies relevant to all ages of worldwide fans.
This performance is sponsored by Merle's Music and Bill Stoltz.