The Drifters, Platters & Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, $20
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Plant City, FL 33563
A new chapter has been added to the iconic history of one of Rock & Roll’s founding vocal groups, THE DRIFTERS, with the announcement today that the group will – once again – be touring the USA under the auspices of their original management team.
From their inception in the early 1950’s and up until recently THE DRIFTERS has a symbiotic relationship with Rock & Roll legend George Treadwell, who’s discovered and managed such famous artists as Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn and Nina Simone. The Treadwell Family was there when the original DRIFTERS formed and was responsible for guiding their career through 20 years of uninterrupted hits that has made them the second most successful recording artist of all time, according to Billboard Magazine.
Through an historical journey, which included no less than 5 legendary lead singers, including Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King the group’s ongoing story has covered the entire spectrum of Rock & Roll. They were the first musical group to include string instruments into Rhythm & Blues music with their hauntingly beautiful song, “There Goes My Baby”. They were the first musical group to sell 2 million records with their pop classic, “Up On The Roof’. They were the first African American vocal group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Along with fellow inductees the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Supremes, the Drifters were in the first class of Rock & Roll legends to be initiated into the Hall of Fame. Their classic tune “Under The Boardwalk” is the most played R & B record of all time. 20 other million sellers followed.
THE PLATTERS first formed during the dawn of the rock & roll era, early part in the 1950’s. At the outset, the group included five teenagers, Tony Williams (their legendary first lead singer) along with Zola Taylor, Herb Reed, Paul Robi and David Lynch. Under the direction of their famed manager, Buck Ram, and continuing to this day under the direction of his company, Five Platters, Inc., some of the greatest singers in rock & roll history have passed through this group.
The list of hits turned out by the original PLATTERS includes ten songs that qualified for Billboard’s list of the 500 greatest rock & roll hits of all time, including three in the top 50. They have had 21 top 10 records, 9 million selling singles, 5 platinum albums and 5 number 1 songs. Their total record sales exceed 200 million, making them one of the top 25 sellings artists of all time (source: Billboard Magazine).
It has been nearly 30 years since the last original member left THE PLATTERS and still the group remains one of the most popular in rock & roll in history, continuing their popularity by becoming one of the most sought after performing groups in the country. Over the years the greatest of care has been taken to assure that each new member of THE PLATTERS carries on the tradition and maintains the skills that were associated with the original group.
The Cornell Gunter’s Coasters
The Coasters are an American Rhythm & Blues and rock ‘n’ roll vocal group that had a string of hits in the late 1950s. Beginning with “Searchin” and “Young Blood”, their most memorable songs were written by the songwriting and producing team Leiber and Stoller. Although the Coasters originated outside of mainstream doowop, their records were so frequently imitated that they became an important part of the doo wop legacy through the 1960s. The Coasters’ hits also comprised a major portion of the song score for the 1994 musical revue Smokey Joe’s Café, a retrospective of Leiber & Stoller songs that received one Grammy Award and seven Tony Award nominations following its 1995 Broadway debut. From “Yakkety Yak” to “Charlie Brown” to “Poison Ivy”, these monumental songs helped induct The Coasters into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. To purchase tickets to this show, click here.