Today is the birthday of Bobby Hendricks, who was briefly
the lead vocalist for the Drifters (during 1957 and 1958). The Drifters were
one of the first groups to bring the heartfelt warmth of gospel music to the
secular music scene, essentially creating soul music.
The Drifters formed
in 1953 in New York and scored numerous hits including "Money Honey" (later
covered by Elvis Presley), "Up on the Roof," "Under the Boardwalk" and "White
Christmas." Early lineups were popular for their live concerts as well as their
records; their flashy clothes and choreography was a treat to watch.
Drifters went through dozens of vocalists, the best known being Clyde McPhatter
and Ben E. King.
Other birthdays: Ernie K-Doe, Louise Lopez (Odyssey),
Oliver, David Williams (Williams Brothers) and Michael Wilton (Queensryche). --