The Drifters [US1]

Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters
The Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
The Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter and Bill Pinckney
Years active
since 1953
United States
Clyde McPhatter (1953-1954)
Gene Pearson (1962-1965)
Ben E. King (1958-1960; 1982-1985)
Bobby Hendricks (1957-1958)
Maurice Cannon (2008-2011)
Johnny Terry (1963-1966)
Charlie Thomas (1958-....)
Ray Lewis Lead vocals (1978-1988)
Lover Patterson Road manager
Five Crowns


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Title Performer Release date Covered by
 REL September 1962 (4 artists)
Originally by Carole King REC
January 1965 Jerry Adriani
February 1971 (4 artists)
January 1965 (12 artists)
October 1954 (2 artists)
April 1965 Les Sauterelles
April 1965 (14 artists)
September 18, 1959 (12 artists)
October 1974 (2 artists)
May 1958 (8 artists)
September 1965 (2 artists)
January 1957 (49 artists)
1975 Beverley Knight
1975 (4 artists)
May 1954 (17 artists)
 REC June 1960 Originally by The Queen with Eddie Chamblee & His Orchestra REL
May 1957 Terry Noland
November 30, 1960 (10 artists)
June 1964 (17 artists)
 REC August 1963 (7 artists)
Originally by The Dukays REL
September 18, 1959 (4 artists)
May 1963 (8 artists)
August 1963 (8 artists)
July 1965 (6 artists)
December 1963 (11 artists)
September 1964 (3 artists)
May 1974 (19 artists)
1973 (6 artists)
April 1960 (2 artists)
 REC 1996 (13 artists)
Originally by Gene Pitney REL
January 1954 The Four Sportsmen
January 1962 (14 artists)
August 1953 (77 artists)
August 1960 (3 artists)
March 1964 (6 artists)
May 1961 (27 artists)
May 1963 (3 artists)
February 1956 (51 artists)
November 1964 (27 artists)
August 1960 (342 artists)
March 1961 (31 artists)
October 1955 (3 artists)
January 1954 (76 artists)
August 1961 (55 artists)
April 24, 1959 (23 artists)
1975 (5 artists)
January 28, 1960 (49 artists)
June 1964 (157 artists)
September 1962 (137 artists)
May 1954 (7 artists)
February 1955 (4 artists)
January 1962 (45 artists)
1976 (8 artists)
February 1956 (2 artists)

Covers by The Drifters [US1]

Title Performer Release date Originally by
1982 Paul Simon
October 1955 The Colts
1982 Sam Cooke
1982 Chuck Jackson [US]
February 1965 Georgia Brown
November 1966 Debbie Lori Kaye
1982 Charles Brown & Amos Milburn, Sam Cooke
1982 Sam Cooke
February 1965 João Gilberto, Pat Thomas, arranged and conducted by Lalo Schifrin
Every Night The Drifters [US1] 1972 Unverified
2009 The Drifters [US1]
1973 Anna Identici, The Fortunes
1982 Billy Swan
I Can't Get Away From You The Drifters [US1] 1975 Unverified
2021 The O'Jays
February 1965 Roland Gerbeau – Orchestre, direction Guy Luypaerts, Keely Smith with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra
March 1963 Dionne Warwick
Little Saint Nick The Drifters [US1] 1990 Unverified
1973 Elvis Presley
February 1966 Mindy Carson with Ray Conniff's Orchestra & The Columbians
1982 Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
May 1958 American Quartet with Orchestra
February 1965 Riz Ortolani e Nino Oliviero, Steve Lawrence
1982 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
March 1963 The Cookies REC, The Crystals [US] REL
Covered by (154 artists)
1972 Jay and The Americans
  February 1965 John Michael King REL,PRF
February 1965 Tony Renis con orchestra dir. da E. Favilla, Pat Boone
Covered by (3 artists)
2001 The Drifters [US1]
1975 The Drifters - Arranged & Conducted by Stan Applebaum
1972 Del Shannon
1982 Randy Newman
1995 Paul Simon
October 1954 Elton Britt
Something Tells Me (Something's Gonna Happen Tonight) The Drifters [US1] 1972 Unverified
November 1964 Gene McDaniels - With The Johnny Mann Singers - Arranged & Conducted by Ernie Freeman
April 1962 Mr. Acker Bilk with The Leon Young String Chorale
Covered by (29 artists)
November 30, 1960 Gogi Grant with Buddy Bregman and His Orchestra and Chorus
1976 The Lovin' Spoonful
  1987 Helen Jepson REL, Abbie Mitchell PRF, Abbie Mitchell under the direction of George Gershwin REC
July 11, 2006 Gordon Lightfoot
1973 Neil Diamond
1976 Joe Dolan
February 1965 Bing Crosby with Lennie Hayton and His Orchestra
November 1954 Mr. Herbert Payne (Ernest Pike)
  December 1964 Nat "King" Cole [Trio] REC, The King Cole Trio with String Choir REL
  February 1965 Sacha Distel et son ensemble, Sergio Franchi, Orchestra conducted by Glenn Osser REL, Betty Carter REC
1973 Lou Johnson
August 1953 Buddy Morrow and His Orchestra - Vocal Refrain by Frankie Lester
Things Go Better with Coke The Drifters [US1] 2000 Unverified
1982 Jesse Winchester
Three Times a Lady The Drifters [US1] Missing information
1987 Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
  February 1965 Carol Lawrence & Larry Kert REC,REL, Larry Kert and Carol Lawrence PRF
  1987 Liberace REL, Todd Duncan BRD
December 1963 Anita O'Day - Orchestra conducted by Larry Russell
1997 Ray Charles
February 1965 Anthony Newley
  November 1954 Bing Crosby BRD, Bing Crosby with Ken Darby Singers and John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra REC,REL
  February 1965 Norman Wisdom PRF, Shirley Bassey with Accompaniment directed by Johnnie Spence REL
1982 Sam Cooke
1973 The Fortunes



Title Performer Release date Label
Adorable The Drifters [US1] October 1955 Atlantic
A Rose by Any Other Name (Is Still a Rose) The Drifters [US1] February 1971 Atlantic
At the Club The Drifters [US1] January 1965 Atlantic
Baby What I Mean The Drifters [US1] November 1966 Atlantic
Bip Bam The Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter October 1954 Atlantic
Chains of Love The Drifters [US1] April 1965 Atlantic
Dance with Me The Drifters with Orchestra conducted by Richard Wess September 18, 1959 Atlantic
Down on the Beach Tonight The Drifters [US1] October 1974 Bell
Drip Drop The Drifters [US1] May 1958 Atlantic
Fools Fall in Love The Drifters [US1] January 1957 Atlantic
Honey Love The Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter May 1954 Atlantic
Hypnotized The Drifters [US1] May 1957 Atlantic
I Count the Tears The Drifters [US1] November 30, 1960 Atlantic
I'll Take You Home The Drifters [US1] August 1963 Atlantic
I'll Take You Where the Music's Playing The Drifters [US1] July 1965 Atlantic
I've Got Sand in My Shoes The Drifters [US1] September 1964 Atlantic
Kissin' in the Back Row of the Movies The Drifters [US1] May 1974 Bell
Like Sister and Brother The Drifters [US1] 1973 Bell
Lonely Winds The Drifters [US1] April 1960 Atlantic
Memories Are Made of This The Drifters [US1] February 1966 Atlantic
Money Honey Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters August 1953 Atlantic
On Broadway The Drifters [US1] March 1963 Atlantic
One Way Love The Drifters [US1] March 1964 Atlantic
Please Stay The Drifters [US1] May 1961 Atlantic
Rat Race The Drifters [US1] May 1963 Atlantic
Ruby Baby The Drifters [US1] February 1956 Atlantic
Saturday Night at the Movies The Drifters [US1] November 1964 Atlantic
Save the Last Dance for Me The Drifters - Arranged & Conducted by Stan Applebaum August 1960 Atlantic
Some Kind of Wonderful The Drifters [US1] March 1961 Atlantic
Stranger on the Shore The Drifters [US1] April 1962 Atlantic
Such a Night Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters January 1954 Atlantic
Sweets for My Sweet The Drifters [US1] August 1961 Atlantic
The Christmas Song The Drifters [US1] December 1964 Atlantic
There Goes My Baby The Drifters [US1] April 24, 1959 Atlantic
This Magic Moment The Drifters [US1] January 28, 1960 Atlantic
Under the Boardwalk The Drifters [US1] June 1964 Atlantic
Up on the Roof The Drifters [US1] September 1962 Atlantic
Vaya con Dios The Drifters [US1] December 1963 Atlantic
What'cha Gonna Do Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters February 1955 Atlantic
When My Little Girl Is Smiling The Drifters - Arr. & Cond. by Klaus Ogermann January 1962 Atlantic
White Christmas The Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter and Bill Pinckney November 1954 Atlantic
You've Got Your Troubles The Drifters [US1] February 1973 Bell

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