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A Tribute to the Original Drifters and Motown
A Tribute to the Original Drifters and Motown

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After our successful mini tour of Ireland earlier this month we have talked about in on this weeks blog entry.

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We shared the stage with Ben E King for over 3 years a wonderful man.
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The photos in this post were taken at the late, great Johnny Moore’s funeral in 1998. Johnny was arguably the most famous Drifter of all time and his passing hit us all hard. Gillie was at the funeral, and can be seen in the pictures alongside Ray Lewis, Bill Fredericks, Carl Douglas (Kung Fu Fighting), John Cheatdom, Jazz Cherry and, most importantly, Faye Treadwell. Faye managed the original Drifters for many years...

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We looked at the figure again. One-hundred and fifty-thousand pounds. It was a colossal sum of money. Unthinkable. Yet, it was what we were expected to spend if we wanted to keep the word ‘Drifters’ in our stage name. 

In fact, spending such money wouldn't even guarantee us the name; it was simply the figure our lawyers had arrived at after inspecting a legal letter sent by the trademark holders of the Drifters name. They wanted us to remove any mention of the ‘D’ word. As a result, our show ‘Let’s Drift’ was to become the name plastered to venues throughout Europe, as we continued to perform the very best Drifters & Motown on offer.

We’re not bitter. We just feel a great injustice has been served, and so needlessly. Our loyalty to the "Original Drifters" has no boundaries; we are utterly committed to continuing the spirit they started so many years ago. Our ties with the group speak for themselves. Our lead vocalist, Gillie Leroy Jones, has first-hand experience working with members of the original line up. Ben E King, Billy Lewis and Tony Jackson all served time on stage in venues across Europe with our Gillie. As a result, he has a focus quite unlike any we've ever seen when it comes to meticulously recreating the sound, movement and presence which made the Drifters one of the most revered R&B groups of our time.

So, why did the trademark holders, the Treadwell family, feel so strongly about us using the name? Surely, if we were doing nothing but good things for the Drifters’ legacy, they’d be proud to watch us entertain die-hard fans week after week? Unfortunately, it boils down to one thing - that bad, old green-eyed monster.

It doesn't take long to find out why, either. It’s well documented that the trademarked Drifters have struggled to sell tickets. Their shows have been widely panned by critics, many of whom often cite Let’s Drift’s performances as of a far higher standard. We’ve been labelled ‘authentic’, which is just about the best piece of praise you can be given as a tribute group and, as a result, have enjoyed bookings at some very high profile events and venues. So much of this success can be attributed to Gillie’s tireless work and deep knowledge of Ben E King and the other forefathers. 

By comparison, the group which goes by the name of ‘The Drifters’, when not fighting needless legal battles, is struggling to make a name for itself. Ironic? Yes, and quite worrying, too. We’ve recently discovered they’ve even employed the services of Ronan Keating to start writing songs for them…

We’ve included a couple of photos in this post. They are both taken at the late, great Johnny Moore’s funeral in 1998. Johnny was arguably the most famous Drifter of all time and his passing hit us all hard. Gillie was at the funeral, and can be seen in the pictures alongside Ray Lewis, Bill Fredericks, Carl Douglas (Kung Fu Fighting), John Cheatdom, Jazz Cherry and, most importantly, Faye Treadwell. Faye managed the original Drifters for many years and was instrumental in ruthlessly fighting for sole ownership of the Drifters name. After she died in 2011, Treadwell handed the running of the group over to her daughter, Tina. Unfortunately nearly every singer from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation of the Drifters has being sacked. All of them. Gone.

The group which calls themselves the Drifters today were entirely notable by their absence (every one of them) from Johnny Moore’s funeral. That’s not an easy fact to ignore.

There’s a saying we’re quite fond of. Sticking a Ferrari badge on a Ford does not make it a Ferrari. Nothing could be more apt in this case. A name is just that - a name. We know this, because our fans tell us so. We wanted to clear the air, which is the reason we've put pen to paper and written this piece. Our fans love us for our authenticity, our professionalism and our pedigree. You can’t buy those things in a shop, nor can you fight for them in a court room. That’s why we will continue, unabated. We’re as close to the real deal as you’re ever going to get and we’re not afraid to admit it.

We’ll sign off with a heart-felt thank you to our fans. You are, after all, what matters and we can’t wait to continue entertaining you. — with Gillie Leroy Jones.
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Sound check all done at Cafe De Paris London what an awesome venue. #London #music #events  
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We’ve played some incredible venues. From the large (66,000 people on Sky Sports), to the refreshingly intimate (the awesome Nardini’s restaurant in Largs). Picking our favourite is, literally, impossible. However, we do have some favourite locations…

We spend a great deal of time on our social media presence – it is one of the best way to connect with fans on a daily basis. We know from our Facebook page that our fanbase in Ireland have been desperate for us to return and bring some soul and motown to their evenings out. And we now have some very special news…

On Thursday 6th February 2014, we will be heading back to Ireland. We’ve not been there for some time and therefore the visit to the Emerald Isle cannot come soon enough.

The fans who have been asking us to return are in for a real treat, too. Our show has changed and grown dramatically since our last visit – it’ll be a great surprise for those who have seen us previously.

The venue is the Millenium Forum in Derry, the second largest city in Northern Ireland. It’s a spectacular building and one of Ireland’s largest purpose-built theatres. From the stunning entrance which leads through to a marble-floored Piazza, to the acoustically-perfect main room in which we’ll be performing, it is a venue befitting of such a wonderful city and will be perfect for a trip down musical memory lane.

We’re also thrilled to be joined by local musicians, Jim Whiteside, Colum Arbuckle and Plunket McCombe as well as a full brass section to recreate the iconic sound of the soul era.

As is so often the case with our shows, it promises to be a sell out. Although February may seem a little way off at the moment, we recommend booking early to ensure a place in an audience which will be treated to the very best renditions of The Drifters’ (and many more artists’) timeless classics. Find out more here: http://www.millenniumforum.co.uk/content/under-boardwalk

Ireland – we’re on our way
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Looking for a great night in 2014 well look no further!!! Our 2014 theatre tour is a go find out more about our preparations here.

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Drifters Tribute show Let's Drift.

Video footage from East Kilbride Theatre. Excuse the distorted sound it was rather loud.
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Ask most people what type of group they think the Drifters were, and they’ll most likely say ‘R&B’ or ‘soul’. And they’re right, of course. However, what many don’t realise is that the vocal harmony group which first formed in 1953 are actually a doo-wop group. Read more about it here in our Blog.

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As we prepare for a very busy festive period we talk about our residency at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange. #music #thedrifters #motown  
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Ahead of two sell out shows this weekend at Nardinis in Largs we talk about the fantastic restaurant on this weeks blog.
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