CLYDE McPHATTER AND THE DRIFTERS–THE EARLY YEARS

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.

Money Honey

Such A Night

Honey Love

White Christmas

What’ Cha Gonna Do

Adorable

Ruby Baby

Fools Fall in Love

Till the next time—Joe

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2 thoughts on “CLYDE McPHATTER AND THE DRIFTERS–THE EARLY YEARS

  1. What a fantastic voice Clyde McPhatter had,never better than on his recording of ‘ Its A Lovers Question’ that still remains one of my favourite records of the late fifties.

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