When the group formed in 1953, their record company Atlantic Records initially disliked "The Drifters" as a band-name. Fortunately, the group insisted and it proved to be prophetic, as a multitude of members simply drifted in and out over a glittering 50-year career. The Drifters went on to achieve phenomenal chart success in the USA with hits such as "Under The Boardwalk", "On Broadway", "Save The Last Dance For Me", "There Goes My Baby", and many more, until the late 60's saw their hits in America begin to slow down.
Led by their longest serving member Johnny Moore and under the auspices of manager Faye Treadwell, The Drifters decided to relocate to England in 1971 for a
The Drifters last record to date was a charity single for Roy Castle's Cause For Hope Appeal for Lung Cancer. Recorded in London's legendary Abbey Road Studios in 1994, the single featured a variety of famous names such as Rick Wakeman, Kenny Ball and Sir John Mills, all joining Johnny Moore, Roy Hemmings and Rohan Turney in supporting this worthy cause.
Also during 1994, The Drifters performed live at the White House by personal invitation of President Bill Clinton. So successful was their visit that he asked them back!
In December 1998, The Drifters finished their tour with a BBC 1 performance for Dale Winton's Christmas TV special. Just a few short weeks later on the 30 December, at age 64, Johnny Moore passed away. A Drifter since 1954, Johnny was the only member of the group to have appeared on record and stage from the 1950's to the 1990's. During 1999, the remaining Drifters fulfilled all their contracted commitments for concert and corporate appearances, performing a special show based upon and dedicated to Johnny's long career with the group.
Due to the overwhelming and incredible response from fans, media and concert venues alike, the remaining members of the group decided to continue. In the year 2000, they auditioned for a new member and ensured The Drifters' success continued with sell-out performances into their 50th year.
The sad and unexpected death of Johnny Moore closes one door of The Drifters' fine history but also opens another as the remaining members continue to perform in honour of his memory. The current line up of The Drifters in their 50th Anniversary year is Peter Lamarr, Patrick Alan, Rohan Delano Turney and Victor Bynoe. It is these outstanding singers who will continue the legacy of the greatest vocal group of all time!