The Drifters to headline free concert Sunday


The Drifters, one of rock 'n' roll's early groups, will headline "A Month of Sundays," the concert series sponsored by Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks at 7 p.m. Sunday in Westminster City Park.

The four-member group is well-known for its chart topping hits, "Under the Boardwalk," "Up on the Roof," "On Broadway," "There Goes My Baby" and "This Magic Moment."

Originally a rhythm and blues group that started in 1953, The Drifters turned to rock 'n' roll by 1956. Members of the group through the years have included Clyde McPhatter, Ben E. King, Billy Davis and Rudy Lewis.

In 1958, Atlantic Records paired The Drifters with the songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who wrote many of the group's million-selling hits between 1959 and 1964.

Other Drifters' songs include "Dance with Me," "I Count the Tears," "Save the Last Dance for Me," "Sweets For My Sweet," "Some Kind of Wonderful" and "When My Little Girl is Smiling."

In its heyday, the group sold nearly 200 million singles and 80 million albums in the United States alone.

Sunday's concert will bring back those memories with the early '60s chart toppers, and introduce contemporary standards to the audience. Some of the songs will be from The Drifters' new album, "Too Hot," available on Columbia Records.

Concert-goers can have dinner at the park from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., when Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers and Marciano's will sell food and beverages.

The concert is free, but those who attend are asked to bring nonperishable foods, or paper or baby products, to donate to the county's homeless shelters through Human Services Programs. Information: 857-2103.

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