I love love love this song! Don’t You?
This is one of the first songs I remember memorizing every lyric to and singing along with the record at the ripe old age of 10.
I remember whenever I played the 45 RPM in my Dad’s presence, he would start telling me about Clyde McPhatter’s Drfters being the greatest and gave me the low down on the history of the beginnings of the group as a vehicle for the singer. Amazingly I recall all of this musical tutelage. Thanks Daddy! I miss you every day!
After McPhatter left the Drifters to pursue his own successful solo career in the Fifties, the group had revolving membership and lead singers and not much success until the Benjamin Nelson led group started turning out crossover pop hits.
After singing lead on a string of classic pop hits that I love like; “There Goes My Baby”, “Dance With Me”, “This Magic Moment” and “Save the Last Dance for Me”, Benjamin also left The Drifters in 1959 to pursue his own successful solo career as Ben E. King!
One Johnny Williams replaced King, only to exit in 1960 and then be replaced by Rudy Lewis. It is Lewis singing lead on more of my Drifter favorites including; “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “Up on the Roof” “Please Stay,”and the awesome “On Broadway.”
Rudy Lewis, formerly of The Clara Ward Singers, was to record “Under the Boardwalk” as well, but died the night before the scheduled recording date. Johnny Moore, a prior lead singer in the group, sang the lead instead on this Kenny Young and Arthur Resnick composition.
This song makes me think of a warm summer night the Boardwalk. How ’bout you?
- Faye Treadwell, Manager of The Drifters, Dies (abcnews.go.com)
- Faye Treadwell obituary (guardian.co.uk)
- Faye Treadwell, manager of The Drifters, dies (ctv.ca)
- The Sounds of Summer (bloominginwashington.wordpress.com)
- Rudy Lewis and The Drifters (illkeepyouposted.typepad.com)