It is difficult to know how many members have passed through the Drifters. The original Drifters formed around former Dominoes lead singer Clyde McPhatter. The next lead singer was Ben E. King. His first lead vocal was on “There Goes My Baby,” which reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
They finally reached the top of the pop charts when on October 17, 1960, “Save The Last Dance For Me” reached number one, fell out of the top spot and then returned to number one for two more weeks. It also reached the top of the R&B Chart.
A little over a year later King left for a solo career and was replaced by Rudy Lewis (“Up On The Roof”) and then Johnny Moore (“Under The Boardwalk”). The Drifters would place 36 singles on the Hot 100 but “Save The Last Dance For Me” was their only chart topper.