About the Book
This is a historical Anthology dedicated to the body of work that has been left and the men who came through the ranks of the brand during different periods of its tumultuous history. Here you will find all that is authentic in the history of The Legends, the people and organizations that spawned the formation of this musical dynasty that has lasted over 6 decades
After a half century or more The Drifters have produced a cast of more than sixty or more singers through it's ever changing, lineup.
From the early 50's unto today, the group, for the most part, was visioned as a brand by it's founding members and this concept continues as a method to breath new life into the brand Idea. Though for those who owned and controlled the group this has been a most profitable venture over the years, it hasn't played out that way for most of the membership who filled its ranks. Yet the Drifters for all of it's historical value is a story within a story that exceeds much of what we come to know as a great success story in Black entertainment. Back in the early fifties when the first classical group of Drifters were first put together to compliment the then Legendary Clyde McPhatter. Who then would have known the story that was about to be written. With a catalog that is as impressive as any of the great bands of the era or after, The Drifters have managed to sell over two hundred and fourteen million singles and one hundred and fourteen million albums and as of late in 2012 has gone gold again with one hundred thousand CD's sold through Sony Music.
The history music & Photographic legacy of The Drifters 1953-Present featuring the original 2nd & 3rd Golden Age Recording Artist Butch Leake Clyde Brown Joe Blunt and Rick Sheppard. All four artist were long-standing members of The Drifters during the 60s & 70s era and brought in the 3rd Golden music period in the group's history recording a number of hit singles and albums which topped the British and European charts during this Golden age. During the period with the late legendary song stylist Johnny Moore and under the the prolific writing team of Greenway Music headed by Roger Greenway turned out some of the most noted songs of this time. "Down On The Beach Tonight" "Kissin In The Back Row Of The Movies" "Love Games" "There Goes My First Love" "You're More Than A Number In My Little Red Book" "Like Sister And Brother" "Can I Take You Home Little Girl" "Sweet Caroline" and many more.... Butch is manager and CEO of The Drifters Legends Clubhouse LLc / D Legends Universe magazine