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In what is becoming something of an annual pilgrimage, iconic legends The Drifters are back again by popular demand for two nights of old school American Doo-Wop at The Reef Hotel Casino this June. Musical icons since the 1950s, members of the legendary US vocal group The Drifters will sing their greatest hits - this is a rare chance for music lovers to experience a bit of musical history and a great party atmosphere.
Originally formed in New York in 1953, The Drifters became famous across the globe for their close vocal harmonies, creating classic songs such as Under The Boardwalk, On Broadway, and Spanish Harlem, among many others. All up, the group has enjoyed more than 26 USA chart hits, starting with Money Honey (1953) and running through to You’re More Than A Number In My Little Red Book (1976).
Many soul icons including founder member Clyde McPhatter and classic crooner Ben E King have been part of The Drifters line-up over the years. The Drifters are the only group to have been inducted twice into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. These days, The Drifters bringing their music to the Far North are led by the amazing Billy Washington.
Blessed with a voice that could lure songbirds from the trees, Billy was inducted into the group by Clyde McPhatter himself and has been a proud member for more than half a century. As energetic today as he was when he first joined the group at the age of 14, Billy Washington steers The Drifters through an international touring schedule that would make many a younger muso gasp with exhaustion. In recent months The Drifters have brought their magic to major venues in China, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, and New Zealand.
Joining Billy are two other luminaries of the doo-wop scene – Wayne Foster, who has been in The Drifters for 35 years, and Patrick Jackson, who began his career as a member of fellow vocal legends, The Coasters. The trio are backed by an all-star band, and delight in performing the many hits and memories The Drifters have created over the decades. The result is an evening of musical magic that will delight young and old alike, and leave no one in any doubt why The Drifters are one of the most famous groups in the world.
The Drifters are set to play at the Reef Hotel Casino for two special nights - these are shows you simply do not want to miss! If the previous crowds are anything to go by, music lovers are encouraged to get in early as The Drifters pack out the house!
Billy Washington’s The Drifters perform at Vertigo Cocktail Bar & Lounge at The Reef Hotel Casino on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st June 2014 from 9pm nightly. The party continues on Friday night with Hip2Soul and on Saturday night The Late Set with Ms Doll.
*** This is a free show in Vertigo