Stand by … for The Drifters

music December 06, 2017 09:05

By THE NATION

American doowop and R&B/soul vocal group The Drifters will come to Thailand for a concert, “Stand By Me Live in Bangkok 2018” to be held at Arena Hall of Show DC on January 19, 2018.



The Drifters were founded in June 1953, 60 years ago by George Treadwell and Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records. Since their creation, the band has featured more than 65 vocalists, including icons such as Clyde McPhatter, Ben E King and Johnny Moore. Some of the legends returned to perform alongside the current lineup at a unique concert at London’s O2 arena in 2009.

With the exception of the much loved icon Johnny Moore, the current lineup is the only complete one in the group’s history to have recorded on both of the group’s historic labels – Atlantic Records with the release in 2009 of “Five Decades & Moore” and, in 2011 on Sony Music.

The Drifters have sold over 214 million singles and 114 million albums worldwide. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 in recognition of their global success spanning almost six decades.

Since day one, members have come and gone, often with new, younger members in order to ensure both the longevity and also the fresh appeal of the group. Johnny Moore, the longest serving member of The Drifters To date, was just 21 years old when he joined.

Since Faye Treadwell brought The Drifters to the UK in the early 70’s, The Drifters have always included British members. In fact, when The Drifters performed at the White House in 1993 for President Bill Clinton, the lineup at that time consisted of three British members and one American – Moore. In 2009 The Drifters shared the bill on a UK Tour with Gloria G.

In 2009 the current lineup realigned the brand with their former recording label Atlantic Records with the album “Five Decades and Moore” a tribute to the late great Moore who was one of the most popular Drifters with the UK fans. 2014 saw the success of the Optimum World Tour the 60/61st anniversary of the group and 2015 the Rebranded World Tour with its first visit to Australia in over 30 years and a new album release in that territory on the Sony Label.

Tickets are Bt1,000, Bt1,200 and Bt2,000 available at Thai Ticket Major counters and online at www.ThaiTicketMajor.com.