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Editors’ Notes

Although The Drifters’ ever-changing lineup mirrored their name, the band’s 1964 incarnation was vital in the development of their gospel-infused take on soul here. These songs’ slice-of-life immediacy holds a mirror to the contemporary American experience. The downcast “On Broadway”; the idyllic, silky beach getaway "Under the Boardwalk"; and the cutting social satire “Rat Race” diverge wildly in lyrical tone, but the exquisite orchestral R&B arrangements and haunting lead vocals of Rudy Lewis and Johnny Moore hold them all together.

Biography

Formed: May, 1953 in New York, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The history of rhythm and blues is filled with vocal groups whose names -- the Orioles, the Cadillacs, the Crows, the Flamingos, the Moonglows, the Coasters, the Penguins -- are held in reverence by fanatics and devotees. The Drifters are part of an even more exclusive fraternity, as a group that managed to carve out a place for themselves in the R&B firmament and also define that music, not only at its inception as a national chart phenomenon in the early '50s but also in the decade that followed....
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