Clyde McPhatter And The Drifters charted their first hit record in 1953. That first hit became a #1 R&B classic…MONEY HONEY on Atlantic Records, The Drifters record label for many years. With Clyde McPhatter on lead The Drifters through 1954 they charted a #2 R&B hit with…SUCH A NIGHT and another #1 hit…HONEY LOVE. Elvis Presley would have hits with both MONEY HONEY and SUCH A NIGHT on RCA Victor Records.
The Drifters classic recording of…WHITE CHRISTMAS in 1954 featured both Clyde McPhatter and Bill Pinkney on lead vocals. Their recording charted on the Billboard R&B chart in 1954, 1955 and 1956. Clyde McPhatter left The Drifters for a solo career in 1954. In early 1955 Atlantic Records released…WHAT’CHA GONNA DO. The single became a big R&B hit, peaking at #2.
The Drifters continued with various lead singers through 1958 and charted hits such as…ADORABLE-#1 in 1955…STEAMBOAT-#5 in 1955 (flip-side of ADORABLE). They charted…RUBY BABY-#10 in 1956, the same song that Dion would have a huge hit with in 1963 and another Top 10 R&B hit…FOOLS FALL IN LOVE-#10 in 1957.
THE GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE CLASSIC EARLY HITS OF CLYDE McPHATTER AND THE DRIFTERS…THEY ARE ONE OF THE ALL-TIME GREAT VOCAL GROUPS OF ROCK AND ROLL.
Till the next time—Joe