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The Drifters

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Birth Place: New York City
Years Active: 1953 – present
Genres: R&B, Doo-wop

The Drifters is a long-lived American doo-wop and R&B/soul vocal group with a peak in popularity from 1953 to 1963, though several splinter Drifters continue to perform today. They were originally formed to serve as Clyde McPhatter's (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) backing group in 1953. There are two versions of the Drifters that are notable. The first, classic, Drifters formed by Clyde McPhatter was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as “The Drifters” or "The Original Drifters.” The second Drifters, featuring Ben E. King, was separately inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as Ben E. King and the Drifters. The group is best for its hit singles of the 1950s and early 1960... Continue Bio >>

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