You Say It's Your Birthday: The Drifters' Bobby Hendricks

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.

The

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). --

Beth Winegarner