Few vocal groups scored as many hits over such a long period of time as The Drifters. From the years 1953 to 1974, the New York-based group sustained a remarkable 32 entries on Billboard’s R&B chart and another 36 entries on the trade publication’s pop chart between 1955 and 1966.
Just when their US touring itinerary had been relegated to the oldies circuit, The Drifters had their career revitalized in England, where they had 11 hits between 1972 and 1976. The group’s biggest all-time hit was 1961’s “Save the Last Dance for Me,” which featured lead vocalist Ben E. King. It topped both the R&B and pop charts in the United States and climbed to #2 in the United Kingdom.