The Drifters ‎– The Drifters' Greatest Hits

Atlantic ‎– 8041
Vinyl, LP, Mono, Compilation

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 There Goes My Baby
Written-By – Benjamin Nelson, George Treadwell, Lover Patterson
A2 Dance With Me
Written-By – Benjamin Nelson, Elmo Glick, George Treadwell, Lewis Lebish
A3 Baltimore
Written-By – Lewis Lebish, Lover Patterson, Walter Coleman (2)
A4 Sadie My Lady
Written-By – Jan Rudy (2)
A5 Honky Tonky
Written By – Blackwell, Gladstone
A6 Lonely Winds
Written-By – Pomus-Shuman
B1 This Magic Moment
Written-By – Pomus-Shuman
B2 Hey Senorita
Written-By – George Treadwell, Lover Patterson
B3 Oh My Love
Written-By – Lewis Lebish, Lover Patterson
B4 Suddenly There's A Valley
Written-By – Biff Jones, Chuck Meyer
B5 Souvenirs
Written-By – Chuck Willis
B6 (If You Cry) True Love, True Love
Written-By – Pomus-Shuman

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Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: 11695-D
  • Matrix / Runout: 11696-D
  • Matrix / Runout (side A runout etched): 11695-C AT2
  • Matrix / Runout (side B runout etched): 11696-D AT

Other Versions (5 of 10) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
JTU K7 68 The Drifters Dance With Me(Cass, Comp) Surprise (3) JTU K7 68 Belgium 1978 Sell This Version
JTU AL 68 The Drifters Dance With Me(LP, Comp) Surprise (3) JTU AL 68 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
HA-K 2318 The Drifters The Drifters' Greatest Hits(LP, Comp, Mono) London Records, London Atlantic HA-K 2318 UK 1961 Sell This Version
JTU AL 68 The Drifters Dance With Me(LP, Comp, Promo) Surprise (3) JTU AL 68 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
8041 The Drifters The Drifters' Greatest Hits(LP, Comp, Mono) Atlantic 8041 US 1960 Sell This Version



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May 19, 2019
This album, released in June 1960, is an odd duck. First, the line-up pictured on the cover – that exact line-up not only didn’t perform on any song on this album, they never recorded anything together at all. Pictured are Elsbeary Hobbs, Rudy Lewis, Charlie Thomas and Dock Green, but by the time Lewis recorded with the group Hobbs had been drafted into the Army and been replaced by Tommy Evans. So although these four performed live for five months or so in late1960 they never recorded together.

Next, only eight of the twelve tracks here were by the current Drifters line-up and only five of those were hits. Three more were b-sides, but the oddest thing is that four of these tracks not only were not hits but had never been released before at all, and moreover were recorded by three different pre-Crowns line-ups, that is, no Ben E King, no Charlie Thomas, etc. Sadie My Lady and Honky Tonky were recorded in June 1956 by Johnny Moore, Bill Pinkney, and the Thrasher bothers (Johnny singing lead on Sadie and Bill on Honky Tonky); while Souvenirs was recorded in April 1957 by Johnny Moore (lead), Gerhart Thrasher, Carnation Charlie Hughes and Tommy Evans; and Suddenly There’s a Valley dates from April 1958 and features Bobby Hendricks and Tommy Evans sharing the lead, backed by Gerhart Thrasher and Jimmy Milner. Ironically Tommy Evans would soon join the ‘new’ Drifters by Feb 1961 and stay for two years, while Johnny Moore also joined them by April 1963 and stayed (more or less) until his death in 1998.