This week our WPPB TBT begins celebrating the eagerly anticipated 14th Annual Southampton Lions Club Oldies Spectacular. Presenting artists and music first made famous six decades ago, this live concert event scheduled yearly for the second Saturday night in August, has become a 21st century east end tradition; enjoyed by 20th century folk as well as their new millennial offspring.
The Saturday; August 13, 2016 show starts at 7pm in the impressive Southampton High School auditorium featuring: Kathy Young ("A Thousand Stars" recorded 1960 when she was 15); Chris Montez (his 1962 hit "Let's Dance" reached the top of the charts when he was just 19); Jimmy Gallagher and The Passions ("Just To Be With You" / 1959); and the evening's headline acts - Jay Siegel's Tokens ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight" / 1961) AND Charlie Thomas's Drifters!
Next week we'll explore further The Tokens' legendary king of the jungle smash hit. But, at this magic moment we'll be havin' some fun with the sweet, soulful sound of The Drifters.
Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 as a pop music link between 1950s rhythm & blues and 1960s soul, The Drifters rockhall.com bio states, "They epitomized the vocal group sound of New York City. Theirs was the sweet but streetwise sound of R&B suffused with gospel influences. The material the Drifters recorded came from a variety of sources, including the songwriting teams of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, and Gerry Goffin and Carole King. All were New York-based songwriters who wrote evocatively of romance and everyday life in the big city, and the Drifters made an ideal vehicle for the convincing delivery of such scenarios. The records they cut with Leiber and Stoller (who doubled as producers) introduced the sound of strings and Latin-tinged rhythms into the vocabulary of popular music."
A list of The Drifters' memorable hit singles includes: "There Goes My Baby" (1959); "This Magic Moment" (1960); "Save The Last Dance For Me" (1960); "Up On The Roof" (1962); "On Broadway" (1963); "Under The Boardwalk" (1964); "Saturday Night At The Movies" (1964).
So go and have your fun. Laugh and sing 'til the night is done. Just try to save that last dance for the dude who brung you!
Southampton Lions Club Charitable Trust 14th Annual Oldies Spectacular Benefit Concert: Saturday; August 13, 2016. Show starts at 7pm in Southampton High School Auditorium. Preceded by Free Classic Car Show on school grounds from 5pm - 7pm. For tickets please call 631-587-3565.