Kings Country Club – The Drifters, Martha Reeves, Johnnie Ray -1970’s memories from Andre Martin(Chris Gentry)

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Mike Wright…..Drifters with the great lead voice of Johnny Moore

Philip Meston……The only performance I saw at Kings was The Three Degrees and that was because I free tickets!

Andre Martin…..Philip for you –


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Robert Searle….Saw Three Degrees there, the place was packed out .A really good night with Clodagh Rodgers in support.

Colin Fox….. also saw them at Kings and they did a great harmony version of MacArthur Park

Gary Kinch…..All together now, one, two, three……………………….Under the Boardwalk, down by the sea.

Jacqueline Patton… I used to go with my parents it was a grand night out as a child

Colin Fox… The Drifters had 60 different singers over the years, and the last original Drifter died in 2007. I remember reading years ago that their were 42 different groups called The Drifters touring the world in one year.

Tony Court-holmes… i believe i was with mr gentry that night and gig


The Drifters – The Catacombe Eastbourne 1966










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Andre Martin…..Just look at those prices – and I could have claimed Student Rate at the time, that would have been an even bigger bonus. I seem to recall that you could get a very late[early]train back from Eastbourne at about 1.30 am that was always very useful.

Len Smith… Catacombe great place to play but how did they manage all 3 bands& Drifters in one night on that stage!

Ben E King – dies aged 76

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Colin Bell… Saddened to hear of the sad loss today of Ben E King. I first met him at Aquarius in George Street back in (I believe from memory) 1971 when I was dj ing there. I was struck by how such a big voice came out of a man such physically small in stature, his talent was of course huge in stature. Another legend passes on. R.I.P. and thank you for the memories.

Alan Esdaile… Very sad news. We were only talking about him the other day. Great voice. R.I.P. Ben E King.

Will Cornell…  I do wish the headlines wouldn’t focus so much on the one song. He had a ton of them both as a solo act and as a Drifter…and he replaced Clyde McPhatter, no mean feat. “Stand By Me Singer Dead at 76” makes him out to be a one-hit wonder, and he wasn’t. Did the headlines following George Harrison’s death just mention “My Sweet Lord”?

Robert Searle… RIP Ben E King lovely singer

Graham Belchamber… A real.shame. I saw him with Gary Us Bonds a few years ago in Tunbridge Wells. Great performer and character.

Anne Wells… Into The Mystic

Geoff Peckham… Great shame. Marvellous singer. I saw him at the Aquarius in ’71 too, Colin. He was fantastic. Perhaps not the time for it, but I have a tale about his backing singers that night, the Three Tons of Joy.

Alan Pepper… Sad news about Mr Ben E King another soul giant leaves us !! They must have an awesome Supergroup up there by now Save the last dance for me fellas !!

Mick O’Dowd… Another sad loss to the greats of my generation. I saw him and met him backstage at the Aquarius where he signed an album cover for me. This has sadly got lost in the passing time. A true legend.