Friday, April 05, 2013

Record #0318: There Goes My Baby / Oh My Love – THE DRIFTERS

Atlantic 2025 (original) USA, May 1959
Words & Music by:  Side ABenjamin Nelson (Ben E. King), Lover Patterson, George Treadwell; Side B – Lover Patterson, Lewis Lebish
Musicians: Ben E. King (lead tenor), Charlie Thomas (tenor), Elsbeary Hobbs (bass vocals), Dock Green (baritone), Reggie Kimber (guitar), Wendell Marshall (bass), King Curtis (tenor sax), Mike Stoller (piano), Sticks Evans (drums and tympani), and a string section of four violins & one cello
Recording sessions: Produced by Leiber & Stoller at Coastal Studios, New York, NY, Mar. 6, 1959
Highest chart positions:  US #2, US R&B #1

The Drifters’ manager George Treadwell fired everybody from the original group in 1958, got a hold of a group known as “The 5 Crowns” and named them as “The Drifters”. In the process he excluded the 5th Crown, James “Poppa” Clark from the group.

Treadwell was also Sarah Vaughan’s manager and hubby until they divorced in 1957.

This was the first single released by the “new” Drifters. It was also the first Drifters single produced by Leiber & Stoller.

List price:  Very Good+ is $12.50, Near Mint is $25

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