The Drifters

After Clyde McPhatter left the Dominos, and he and Ahmet Ertegun formed THE DRIFTERS, great music and turmoil followed. This legendary group had more lineup changes than the NY Yankees and more turmoil than Days of Our Lives. Lead singers and backups came and went with the times but their popularity and greatness never changed. McPhatter sold his interest in 1954 to George Treadwell and solo’d away On one occasion because of contract disputes, Treadwell canned the entire group right before an Apollo show. He didn’t miss a beat. He hired Ben E King and the Crowns, renamed them the Drifters. Then with Lieber and Stoller to produce them, no matter who sang lead, their sound and legend was cemented in creative history.