The Drifters discography

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A discography of the Drifters.


Year A-Side Lead singer Label Chart positions
US pop US R&B UK
1953 "Money Honey" Clyde McPhatter Atlantic 1
1954 "Lucille"
"Honey Love" 21 1
"Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)"
"White Christmas" Bill Pinkney and Clyde McPhatter 80 5
"Such A Night" Clyde McPhatter 2
1955 "Whatcha Gonna Do" 2
"Everyone's Laughing"
"Adorable" Johnny Moore 1
1956 → "Steamboat" (B-Side) Bill Pinkney 5
"Your Promise to Be Mine" Gerhart Thrasher
"Ruby Baby" Johnny Moore 10
"I Gotta Get Myself a Woman" Johnny Moore and Bill Pinkney 11
1957 "Fools Fall in Love" Johnny Moore 69 10
"Drifting Away From You" Gerhart Thrasher
"Hypnotized" 79
"I Know"
"Drip Drop" Bobby Hendricks 58
→ "Moonlight Bay" (B-Side) 72
1959 "There Goes My Baby" Ben E. King 2 1
"(If You Cry) True Love, True Love" Johnny Lee Williams 33 5
→ "Dance with Me" (B-Side) Ben E. King 15 2 17 (as A-side)
1960 "Suddenly There's a Valley" Tommy Evans and Bobby Hendricks
"Baltimore" Charlie Thomas and Elsbeary Hobbs
"This Magic Moment" Ben E. King 16 4
"Lonely Winds" 54 9
"Save the Last Dance for Me" 1 1 2
"I Count the Tears" 17 6 28
1961 "Some Kind of Wonderful" Rudy Lewis 32 6
"Please Stay" 14 13
"Sweets for My Sweet" Charlie Thomas 16 10
"Room Full of Tears" 72
1962 "When My Little Girl Is Smiling" 28 31
"Stranger on the Shore" Rudy Lewis 73
"Sometimes I Wonder" Ben E. King
"Up on the Roof" Rudy Lewis 5 4
1963 "On Broadway" 9 7
"If You Don't Come Back" Johnny Moore
→ "Rat Race" (B-Side) Rudy Lewis 71
"I'll Take You Home" Johnny Moore 25 24 37
1964 "Vaya Con Dios" Rudy Lewis 43
"One-Way Love" Johnny Moore 56
"Under the Boardwalk" 4 45 45
"I've Got Sand in My Shoes" 33 21
"Saturday Night at the Movies" 18 8 3
(in 1972)
"The Christmas Song / I Remember Christmas"
1965 "At the Club" Johnny Moore 43 10 35
"Come On Over to My Place" 60 9
(in 1972)
"Follow Me"
"I'll Take You Where the Music's Playing" Johnny Moore 51
1966 "Memories Are Made of This" 48
"Baby What I Mean" 37 49
1967 "Ain't It the Truth" 36
1968 "Still Burning in my Heart" Johnny Moore 111
1972 "Something Tells Me (Something's Gonna Happen Tonight)" Bell
1973 "You've Got Your Troubles"
"Like Sister and Brother" Bill Fredericks 7
1974 "Kissin' in the Back Row of the Movies" Johnny Moore 83 2
"Down on the Beach Tonight" 7
1975 "Love Games" 33
"There Goes My First Love" Johnny Moore 3
"Can I Take You Home Little Girl" 10
1976 "Hello Happiness" 12
"Every Nite's a Saturday Night With You" 29
"You're More than a Number in My Little Red Book" Johnny Moore Arista 5
1979 "Save the Last Dance for Me" Ben E. King Lightning 69
2013 "The Whole World" Michael Williams Neon


Year Album Lead singer Label Songs
1956 "Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters" Clyde McPhatter, Bill Pinkney Atlantic Without Love (There Is Nothing), Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You), Treasure Of Love, I'm Not Worthy Of You, Bells Of St. Marys, White Christmas, I Make Believe, Seven Days, Warm Your Heart, Money Honey, What'cha Gonna Do, Such A Night, Honey Love, Thirty Days
1958 "Rockin' & Driftin'" Johnny Moore, Bobby Hendricks, Bill Pinkney Moonlight Bay, Ruby Baby, Drip Drop, I Gotta Get Myself A Woman, Fools Fall In Love, Hypnotized, Yodee Yakee, I Know, Soldier Of Fortune, Drifting Away From You, Your Promise To Be Mine, It Was A Tear, Adorable, Steamboat
1962 "Save The Last Dance For Me" Ben E. King, Rudy Lewis Save The Last Dance For Me, I Count The Tears, Somebody New Dancin' With You, Jackpot, No Sweet Lovin', Sweets For Sweet, Mexican Divorce, When My Little Girl Is Smiling, Some Kind Of Wonderful, Please Stay, Nobody But Me, Room Full Of Tears
1964 "Under The Boardwalk" Rudy Lewis, Johnny Moore Under The Boardwalk, One Way Love, On Broadway, Didn't It, I Feel Good All Over, Vaya Con Dios, Up On The Roof, Rat Race, In The Land Of Make Believe, If You Don't Come Back, Let The Music Play, I'll Take You Home
1965 "The Good Life With The Drifters" Johnny Moore Quando Quando Quando, On The Street Where You Live, I Wish You Love, Tonight, More, What Kind Of Fool Am I, The Good Life, As Long As She Needs Me, Desafinado, Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me), Saturday Night At The Movies, Temptation
1966 "I'll Take You Where The Music's Playing" Johnny Moore I'll Take You Where The Music's Playing, I've Got Sand In My Shoes, At The Club, I Don't Want To Go On Without You, Answer The Phone, He's Just A Playboy, Follow Me, Spanish Lace, Chains Of Love, Far From The Maddening Crowd, The Outside World, Come On Over To My Place
1973 "The Drifters Now" Johnny Moore Bell You've Got Your Troubles, Sweet Caroline, Always Something There To Remind Me
1975 "Love Games" Kissin In the Back Row Of The Movies, Like Sister And Brother, Down On The Beach Tonight
"There Goes My First Love" "Hello Happiness", "Harlem Child", "The Juggler", "Lovin' You Is Easy", "And With No Regrets", "If Only I Could Start Again", "I've Got You On My Mind", "You Chose a Fine Time", "Don't Cry On a Weekend", "Please Help Me Down", "Can I Take You Home Little Girl", "There Goes My First Love"
1976 "Every Nite's a Saturday Night" "You're More Than a Number In My Little Red Book", "I'll Get to Know Your Name Along the Way", "Do You Have to Go Now", "Like a Movie I've Seen Before", "Twice a Week", "Another Kind of Sorrow", "Sweet Little Rock'N'Roller", "Midnight Cowboy", "Another Lonely Weekend", "I'll Know When True Love Passes By", "Summer In the City", "Every Nite's a Saturday Night with You"