They recorded 13 Billboard top-30 hits.
Next to The Platters, The Drifters had the longest running chart success of any Doo-Wop group. The group had #1 R&B hits with three different lead singers, Clyde McPhatter, Ben E. King and Johnny Moore.
Clyde McPhatter, Bill Pinkney, Gerhart Thrasher, Johnny Moore, Ben E. King, Charlie Thomas, Rudy Lewis, Johnny Moore
The main reason for The Drifters frequent membership changes was that founding member Clyde McPhatter and his manager, George Treadwell owned the name and treated supporting members as (poorly) paid employees. This practice continued even after McPhatter went solo and sold his share to Treadwell.
Singers of some of the all-time great romantic ballads.
The big bands get smaller and grittier.
Jazz music moves off the dance floor.
The blues follows the Great Migration north and plugs in.
Urban-born rich vocal harmonies combined with teen romance.