A Night of Musical Nostalgia
The Drifters and the Platters will perform back to back Branson concerts at Andy Williams Moon River Theater this August 12. The Drifters are a long-lasting American vocal group that became famous with their hits “Save the Last Dance For Me,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” and “Up On The Roof.” The Drifters was originally formed in 1953 as back up vocalists for Clyde McPhatter, however, he was only associated with the group for a year.
The Drifters, the long standing group has endured through many changes and has been inducted in the Vocal Hall of Fame. The group went through a few more lineup changes and was a short-lived group due to various reasons. Some members of the group started a new group under the name The Original Drifters, but the Drifters continued on with a whole new lineup that included Ben E. King, Dock Green, Charlie Thomas, Elsbeary Hobbs. This was the group that released a string of successful songs that include “This Magic Moment” and “There Goes My Baby” and it was also this group that was later inducted into the Vocal Hall of Fame in 2000 (as Ben E. King & The Drifters).
The current lineup has long been removed from the original 1953 group, but it’s really a testament to the quality of the songs, rather than the identity of those singing them. The Drifters remain a going concern in any way or form in the present day. Past performers of the group include the iconic likes of Ben E. King and Rudy Lewis. They were the ones who formed the crux of the so-called New Drifters, after the original doo-wop oriented lineup from the fifties had run their course. Today, the Drifters are comprised of a considerably younger group of men, and continue to tour as The Drifters all over the globe.
Also to perform on August 12, 2017 at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater is the Platters for a big show that you shouldn’t miss. The Platters were one of the most successful vocal groups of the early rock and roll era whose hits took them to the top chart of being one of the most successful vocal groups in the world with hits such as “Only You,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” and “The Wonder of You.”
Many people around the world have grown up listening to the music of the Platters and passed it down to generations. The performers on that night are incredibly well trained and sound absolutely stunning. They are joined by a great live band to keep everything in time yet it really is about the vocal acrobatics with Valerie shining as the guys harmonize below her soaring voice. They may not be the original Platters yet this is the best opportunity to hear the classics including “Only You” and “The Great Pretender” in a live setting.
So, if you want to watch back to back Branson concerts in August 12, don’t miss to see the Drifters and the Platters perform at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater.