- Neil Pellegrin
Among aficionados of classic R&B, the legendary Drifters vocal group is divided into two factions — the “old Drifters” and the “new Drifters.” The “old” group is the one that was founded by Clyde McPhatter in 1953 and, with many personnel changes, ran until 1958 with tremendous success. In the spring of that year, the group’s manager, George Treadwell, fired the entire group, and, because he held exclusive rights to the name, he hired a group called the Crowns and rechristened them with the Drifters name. This group, also with many personnel changes over the years, is the aggregation that fans refer to as the “new Drifters.” They enjoyed a string of R&B and pop hits stretching into the mid ’60s.
Of the “old” (pre summer of 1958) group, there is only one suroir — Bobby Hendricks. I had the chance to interview Bobby in June of 2013. Being a huge Drifters fan (particularly the “old” group), it was a real thrill for me to chat with him. Other topics we discussed were his early influences, his pre-Drifters musical endeavors and his success as a solo artist. I’m happy to share my talk with Bobby Hendricks on this latest edition of Trick Bag!
Neil the Night Howler
Drifters – Drip Drop
Drifters – Moonlight Bay
Drifters – Suddenly There’s a Valley
Flyers – My Only Desire
Settlers (Drifters) – Sugar Plum (rare recently discovered recording)
Settlers (Drifters) – Come Home (rare recently discovered recording)
Bobby Hendricks – Dreamy Eyes
Bobby Hendricks – Itchy Twitchy Feeling
Bobby Hendricks – I Want That
Bobby Hendricks – Psycho
Bobby Hendricks – Honey Drip
Bobby Hendricks – Good Lovin’
Bobby Hendricks – Let’s Get It Over
Bill Pinkney & the Originals – The Masquerade Is Over
Bobby Hendricks – Go On Home Girl
Bobby Hendricks – A Thousand Dreams
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