The Drifters are an ongoing musical institution since 1952. In the history of popular music there are a few vocal groups who qualify as members of the ROCK’N’ROLL HALL OF FAME. THE DRIFTER’S are one of those groups.For the past 50 years The Drifters have maintained a reputation as one of the world’s finest vocal groups. The Drifters linked ’50s R&B with ’60s soul and epitomised the vocal- group sound of New York.
Billy Washington, who has been with the band since he was 14 (he is now almost 70) still can’t lay claim to being an original member.
He chats with Pascoe Braun…..