Latest The Drifters News


Guitarist Mickey Baker Dies

5th December 2012

Guitarist Mickey Baker has died. He was 87.The musician passed away at his home near Toulouse, France, last week (27Nov12). His cause of death was heart and kidney failure.After learning the guitar aged 18, Baker...

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The Drifters Hit By Thieves On Tour

18th September 2012

Veteran soul group The Drifters have called in police after thieves raided their tour bus and stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment.The Sweets for My Sweet hitmakers are in the U.K. for a string...

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The Drifters Record Moving Track For Fan's Funeral

30th November 2011

The Drifters helped make a late fan's funeral even more moving by recording a special version of a beloved track to be played at the memorial.British fan Rose Hansford had loved a rendition of Il...

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Jerry Lieber Dies

23rd August 2011

'Hound Dog' songwriter Jerry Leiber has died aged 78.The musician - who along with writing partner Mike Stoller wrote huge hits including 'Stand By Me', 'Yakety-Yak' and 'Jailhouse Rock'...

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Music Manager Treadwell Dies

2nd June 2011

The Drifters' long time manager Fayrene 'Faye' Treadwell has died at the age of 84.The pioneering music mogul, who was one of the first female African-American managers in the industry, passed away on 22 May...

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The Drifters Settle Name Dispute

4th July 2008

THE DRIFTERS have reached an out-of-court settlement with a band who were posing under the same name. The vocals group, which has featured more than 60 members since it was founded in 1953, has prevented...

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Last Drifter Dies

5th July 2007

BILL PINKNEY, the last original member of THE DRIFTERS, has been found dead in a Florida hotel room. He was 81. The South Carolina-born singer died at his room at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront...

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Last Drifter Dies

5th July 2007

BILL PINKNEY, the last original member of THE DRIFTERS, has been found dead in a Florida hotel room. He was 81. The South Carolina-born singer died at his room at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront...

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Legal Battle Over Drifters Name

23rd March 2007

The former manager of THE DRIFTERS has launched legal action to gain control of the veteran soul band's name. FAYE TREADWELL - wife of late music mogul GEORGE, who originally managed the group until his...

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Drifters In Serious Car Crash

12th March 2007

Veteran soul band THE DRIFTERS were involved in a serious car accident in England in the early hours of this morning (12MAR07), with one member suffering head injuries. The US group was travelling near Rotherham...

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Drifters Founder Sues 'Fake Band'

11th December 2006

The founders of THE DRIFTERS are suing four musicians they claim are unlawfully pretending to be the legendary pop group. The Treadwell family set up the group in 1953 and managed them, frequently sacking and...

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Guitarist Bennie Smith Dies

13th September 2006

Blues legend BENNIE SMITH died on Sunday (10SEP06) after suffering a heart attack. He was 72. Smith was due to perform a concert in University City, Missouri, with the Soulard Blues Band on the night...

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Supremes Star Fights Fraud

11th May 2006

Soul star MARY WILSON is fighting to protect the legacies of legendary vocal groups including THE PLATTERS, THE DRIFTERS and her own band THE SUPREMES - as a stream of bogus bands impersonating the originals...

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