The Drifters' Golden Hits

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The Drifters' Golden Hits
Greatest hits album by The Drifters
Released1968
Recorded1959–1966
GenreR&B
Doo-Wop
Length29:47
LabelAtlantic
ProducerBert Berns, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
The Drifters chronology
Where the Music's Playing
(1966)
The Drifters' Golden Hits
(1968)
Their Greatest Recordings (Early Years)
(1971)
 
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The Drifters' Golden Hits
Greatest hits album by The Drifters
Released1968
Recorded1959–1966
GenreR&B
Doo-Wop
Length29:47
LabelAtlantic
ProducerBert Berns, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
The Drifters chronology
Where the Music's Playing
(1966)
The Drifters' Golden Hits
(1968)
Their Greatest Recordings (Early Years)
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]

The Drifters' Golden Hits is a 1968 compilation album by American doo wop/R&B vocal group The Drifters. The collection of the bands' later hits charted at #22 on Billboard's "Black Albums" chart and at #122 on the "Pop Albums" chart. Music critic Robert Christgau numbers it among the essentials for a basic library of albums representing the 1960s.[2] In 2003, Rolling Stone listed the album at #465 in its list of "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".[3] Originally released on the Atlantic label, the album has been re-released on CD by Atlantic. A Drifters' compilation by the same name was released by Intercontinental records in 1996, but it has a different track listing.

Track listing[edit]

TitleComposer(s)TimePrevious album releaseCharts
1."There Goes My Baby"Benjamin Nelson, Lover Patterson, George Treadwell2:13The Drifters' Greatest Hits
(1960)
#1 Black Singles
2."(If You Cry) True Love, True Love"Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman2:23The Drifters[4]
(1964)
3."Dance with Me"Lewis Lebish, Jerry Leiber, Irving Nahan, Mike Stoller, Treadwell2:26The Drifters' Greatest Hits#2 "Black Singles"
#17 UK Singles[5]
4."This Magic Moment"Pomus, Shuman2:30The Drifters' Greatest Hits#4 "Black Singles"
5."Save the Last Dance for Me"Pomus, Shuman2:30The Drifters' Greatest Hits#1 "Black Singles"
#2 UK[5]
6."I Count the Tears"Pomus, Shuman2:15Save the Last Dance for Me
(1962)
#28 UK[5]
7."Some Kind of Wonderful"Gerry Goffin, Carole King2:38Save the Last Dance for Me
8."Up on the Roof"Goffin, King2:38The Drifters#4 "Black Singles"
#5 "Pop Singles"[6]
9."On Broadway"Cynthia Weil, Barry Mann, Leiber, Stoller3:02The Drifters#7 "Black Singles"
#9 "Pop Singles"[6]
10."Under the Boardwalk"Arthur Resnick, Kenny Young2:42The Drifters#4 "Black Singles"
#4 "Pop Singles"[6]#45 UK[5]
11."I've Got Sand in My Shoes"Resnick, Young2:49Where the Music's Playing[7]
12."Saturday Night at the Movies"Weil, Mann2:29The Drifters#18 "Black Singles"
#18 "Pop Singles"[6]

Personnel[edit]

Performance[edit]

'The following individuals performed with The Drifters from 1960 to 1966. No information is available at this time as to which members performed on which tracks.[8]

  • William Brent
  • Dan Danbridge
  • Billy Davis[disambiguation needed]
  • Tommy Evans
  • George Grant
  • Dock Green
  • Elsbeary Hobbs
  • Reggie Kimber
  • Ben E. King
  • Rudy Lewis
  • Johnny Moore
  • Gene Pearson
  • James Poindexter
  • Rick Sheppard
  • Johnny Terry
  • Charlie Thomas
  • William Van Dyke
  • Johnny Lee Williams
  • Prentiss McNeil (Age 62). (27 years with Drifters). Singer. (Remains very active on Long Island, NY) (2012)

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. (1980) Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the '70s. Excerpted at Robert Christgau's official website. Accessed October 11, 2007.
  3. ^ Golden Hits Rolling Stone Magazine online. (November 1, 2003). Accessed October 11, 2007.
  4. ^ (If You Cry) True Love, True Love at AllMusic
  5. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2002). Guinness World Records British Hit Singles (15th ed. ed.). London: Guinness World Records Ltd. ISBN 0-85112-187-X. , p.189
  6. ^ a b c d The Drifters Billboard singles at AllMusic
  7. ^ Where the Music's Playing at AllMusic
  8. ^ The Family Tree. Official Drifters website. Accessed October 11, 2007.