Charlie Thomas (musician)

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Charlie Thomas
Charlie Thomas - Performing Live .jpg
Charlie Thomas Performing Live.
Background information
Birth name Charles Thomas
Also known as Charlie
Born (1937-04-07) April 7, 1937 (age 79)
Lynchburg, Virginia
Origin USA
Genres Pop, Rock & Roll, R&R
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 1957–present
Labels Atlantic Records
Associated acts The Drifters, Elsbeary Hobbs, Terry King, The Five Crowns, Johnny Moore, Ben E. King, Bobby Hendricks

Charlie Thomas (born 7 April 1937 in Lynchburg, Virginia) is an American rhythm and blues singer best known for his work with The Drifters.

Thomas was performing with The Five Crowns at the Apollo Theater in 1958 when George Treadwell fired his group, called The Drifters. Treadwell recruited the Five Crowns[1] to become the new Drifters.

The new Drifters' first release was the 1959 hit "There Goes My Baby". Charlie was lead singer on two of the group's top 40 hits, "Sweets For My Sweet" and "When My Little Girl Is Smiling".[2][3]

He is the father of Charles "Happy" Thomas Jr. and grandfather to hip-hop producer Charlie "Bambu" Thomas

Charlie Thomas was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and was given a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1999.

On May 21, 2011, in Cranston, R.I. - Charlie Thomas and The Drifters performed at the Vintage New England Theater.[4]


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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  4. ^ Baptista, Todd (May 21, 2011). "Go back to the boardwalk with The Drifters Charlie Thomas". Go back to the boardwalk with The Drifters’ Charlie Thomas. Goldmine Magazine. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 

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