The Drifters performed from 1953-1966. Enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the group succeeded in connecting rhythm & blues of the 1950’s with soul music of the 1960’s.
One of the members was Ben E. King who got into a dispute with Drifters’ manager George Treadwell over a salary increase and royalties. So King left to go out on his own in May of 1960. The following year he had his first solo hit, “Spanish Harlem.”
King’s follow-up was composed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller who wound up writing 20 songs for Elvis. “Stand By Me” would be voted as one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America. Here’s a snippet.
Ben E. King died in 2015 at the age of 76.
Now let’s head overseas.
St. Joseph’s Church is a Roman Catholic Church located on Park Street in Monaghan Town in Ireland.
Last month Shane and Rachel McNally were there to get married and not surprisingly were a bit jittery.
Hannah O’ Brien organized the surprise.
“I realized that there were going to be plenty of singers and musicians attending the wedding and saw the opportunity to do something special for the happy couple who love music,” said O’Brien. “I asked family and friends from both sides and we held secret rehearsals for 5 weeks running up to the big day with [the band] Starling Blue teaching the harmonies and melody.”