The Drifters

The Drifters’ flight was delayed today, so they will be arriving later than expected.    The show will start at 8:00 PM instead of 7:30 tonight.  Our will-call office and bars will still be open at 6:30 pm.  We will have TWO bars tonight to accommodate our SOLD OUT crowd!  Come in and get a drink, tour the Old School History Museum, and prepare yourself for this Magic Moment brought to you by THE DRIFTERS and The Plaza Arts Center!

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The Drifters TOP HITS include: 

  • On Broadway
  • There Goes My Baby
  • Dance With Me
  • This Magic Moment
  • Under The Boardwalk
  • Some Kind of Wonderful
  • Up On The Roof
  • Stand By Me
  • Please Stay
  • Saturday Night At The Movies
  • Spanish Harlem
  • Sweets For My Sweet
  • Save The Last Dance for Me
  • I Count The Tears


The Drifters are an R&B, doo-wop, and soul vocal group from New York City. The long-standing group has endured through many changes and has been inducted into the Vocal Hall of Fame.

Through a historical journey, which included no less than 5 legendary lead singers, including Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King the group’s ongoing story has covered the entire spectrum of Rock & Roll. They were the first musical group to include string instruments into Rhythm & Blues music with their hauntingly beautiful song, “There Goes My Baby”. They were the first musical group to sell 2 million records with their pop classic, “Up On The Roof”. They were the first African American vocal group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Along with fellow inductees the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Supremes, the Drifters were in the first class of Rock & Roll legends to be initiated into the Hall of Fame. Their classic tune “Under The Boardwalk” is the most played R & B record of all time.

The Drifters were formed in 1953 and the lineup consisted of Bill Pinkney, Andrew Thrasher, Gerhart Thrasher, Willie Ferbee and Walter Adams, and it was this group that produced the hit song “Money Honey” in September 1953. Unfortunately, the group went through a few more lineup changes and was a short-lived group due to various reasons. Some members of the group started a new group under the name The Original Drifters (inducted into the Vocal Hall of Fame in 1998), but The Drifters continued on with a whole new lineup that included Ben E. King, Charlie Thomas, Dock Green, Elsbeary Hobbs. It was this group that released a string of successful songs, including “There Goes My Baby” and “This Magic Moment,” and it was also this group that was later inducted into the Vocal Hall Of Fame in 2000 (as Ben E. King & The Drifters).