In The 1970s Drifters

Originally formed back in 1953 and still surviving in the 1970s. The Drifters moved to the UK in 1972 and went through many different group members.

  • Johnny Moore (1954-1957, 1964-1978, 1980, 1983, 1987-1998)
  • Rick Sheppard (1966-1972)
  • Ray Lewis (1978-1983)
  • Terry King (1978---
  • and others too.

UK single hits during the 1970s went like this.

Saturday Night At The Movies originally a hit in the U.S in 1964. Reached No. 3 in the UK.

The next hit was Come On Over To My Place a hit from 1965. In 1973 came one of their best hits called Like Sister And Brother. All about unrequited love and nothing to do with keeping it in the family. The song reached No. 7.

Moving on to 1974 and the Drifters were Kissing in the Back Row of the Movies with lead singer Johnny Moore who also sang on the follow up hit Down on the Beach Tonight. A small hit reached No. 33 in 1975 called Love Games.

The next single in 1975 jumped to No. 3 in the UK charts with There Goes My First Love another great classic sing a long song. The last hit that year was Can I Take You Home Little Girl.

Moving on and after two decades the group are still scoring single hits. 1976 and Hello Happiness, which was followed by a smaller hit called Every Nite's A Saturday Night With You.

The very last single of the decade was You're More Than A Number In My Little Red Book. After that the Drifters drifted out of chart success.
Rock Hall Interviews Bill Pinkney of the Drifters