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The Drifters 1964

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The song was set to be recorded on May 21, 1964, but the band's lead singer, Rudy Lewis died of a suspected heroin overdose the night before. Lewis had sung lead on most of their hits since the 1960 departure of Ben E. King, including "Up on the Roof". Rather than reschedule the studio session to find a new frontman, former Drifters lead vocalist Johnny Moore was brought back to perform lead vocals for the recording. The personnel on that recording included Ernie Hayes on piano, Everett Barksdale, Bill Suyker and Bob Bushnell on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass, Gary Chester on drums and George Devens on percussion. The last-minute move was a success, as the single, released on Atlantic Records went to number four on the Billboard Hot 100charts and number one for three non consecutive weeks on Cashbox Magazine R&B chart.

So here I go again....another 50 year old tune. Why this one? Because it was fun and I grew up listening to the Drifters, before the Beatles came along.


-Brian K. Forrest

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