The Drifters are truly unique in today’s world of coming and going popular music groups. From their very first release on Atlantic records, “There goes My Baby”, they were bound for stardom with a 2 million seller under their belts in their first try. Over the next 10 years there were 29 additional chart records (source: Billboard) accounting for nearly 20 million sales of singles and over 8 million albums in the US alone. In fact (source: The Book of Lists), only the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Bee Gees have sold more records over a more sustained period of time.
The history of rhythm and blues is filled with vocal groups whose names are held in reverence and The Drifters are part of this exclusive fraternity, as a group that managed to carve out a place for themselves in the R&B firmament and also define that music, not only at its inception as a national chart phenomenon in the early ’50s but also in the decade that followed. Their place in history is as complex as their role in it, by virtue of the fact that there are two distinct phases to their music and the continuity of their membership, and their extraordinary longevity – only The Platters could claim as great a span of years as an active recording unit
The Drifters have appeared in every major night club and concert hall in the United States from Las Vegas to 10 sold out appearances at New York’s Madison Square Garden. They have literally toured the entire world including a one month tour to the Far East and were chosen to represent the United States for the great Bicentennial Tour of Russia.
The Drifters Charted Records
1. There Goes My Baby
2. Dance With Me
3. This Magic Moment
4. I Count The Tears
5. Some Kind Of Wonderful
6. Up On The Roof
7. Under The Boardwalk
8. Save The Last Dance For Me
9. Sweets For My Sweet
10. On Broadway
11. Saturday Night At The Movies
DANNY & THE JUNIORS
Danny & The Juniors, individually Frank Maffei, Danny Rapp, Joe Terranova and Dave
White, began singing together in the early 1950’s at ages 13 and 14 in Philadelphia
where they were fans of the local rhythm and blues radio stations. It was there they
heard the first stirrings of a new music soon to become known as Rock ‘n Roll. The
Juvenaires, as they were called then, quickly decided to become part of the new
movement and began to perform the new songs as well as their own original material at
school dances, local clubs and restaurants.
At that time, record companies were engaged in a frenzied search for young people who
could perform the new music. It wasn’t very long before they discovered the youths, re-
named them Danny & The Juniors and recorded them singing one of their own original
songs called At The Hop.
The song quickly became a monumental hit on five continents reaching #1 on the pop,
country and rhythm and blues charts. It stands today as the #23 all-time biggest record
according to The Billboard Magazine List Of #1 Hits. The Group immediately followed
with another hit, Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay, which became an anthem of the era, plus dance classics Twistin’ USA and Pony Express. These were the first of a string of eleven charted recordings. Their latest albums are the 1992 MCA’ release Rockin’ With Danny And The Juniors and the 1997 Collectibles release Danny And The Juniors – Classic Golden Greats.
Early in 1958 Dick Clark presented Danny And The Juniors with a gold record for At The Hop on American Bandstand, the first of many awards and accolades they would receive over their career, including Best New Group of 1957 and the prestigious Philadelphia Music Alliance Achievement Award more recently.
With the success of At The Hop, Danny And The Juniors began touring with the other early legends and founders of American Rock In Roll such as: Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and The Platters in the famous Alan Freed Big Beat Show, as well as appearing at many of the nations top nightclubs, arenas and fairs. To this day they have traveled millions of miles and entertained millions of people in all fifty states, Canada, Europe, South America and Asia.
Danny And The Juniors have made almost fifty American Bandstand appearances and have been on numerous television shows — from the old Patti Page Big Record Show to Nashville Now more recently. They’ve also been featured in three motion pictures and their songs have been in many more. Danny And The Juniors have been covered in many important national publications including Life, Billboard, Cashbox and Teen. The latest of these is a recent USA Today article that points out the broad appeal of Danny And The Juniors and their music across many demographic categories.
Now, in their fifth decade as performers, their wholesome, fun-loving stage show is embellished with comedy, impressions, bright costumes and audience participation — while still preserving the rich history — and is regarded as one of the best in the business.
Danny and the Juniors Charted Records
12. At The Hop/Sometimes – 1957 – ABC 9871
13. Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay/School Boy Romance – 1958 – ABC 9898
14. Dottie/ In The Meantime – 1958 – ABC 9953
15. A Thief/Crazy Cave – 1958 – ABC 9953
16. Sassy Fran/ I Feel So Lonely – 1958 – ABC 9978
17. Do You Love Me/Somehow I Can’t Forget – 1959 – ABC 10004
18. Twistin’ USA/A Thousand Miles Away – 1960 – Swan 4060
19. O Holy Night/Candy Cane Sugary Plum – 1960 – Swan 4064
20. Pony Express/Daydreamer – 1961 – Swan 4068
21. Cha Cha Go Go (Chicago Cha Cha)/Mr. Whisper – 1961 – Swan 4072
22. Back To The Hop/Charleston Fish – 1961 – Swan 4082
23. Twistin’ All Night Long – 1962 – Swan 4092
24. Oo-La-La-Limbo/Now And Then – 1962 – Guyden 2076
25. Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay (With Terry Gore) (Forevermore Records 1997)
26. Stranger On The Shore (Forevermore Records /2000)
27. House On Fire (Forever Records 2006)