Diamond celebrations for The Drifters

The Drifters
The Drifters
Dylan Kelson, above, and Joseph Grout, below, let rip on stage

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It’s a very special year for The Drifters and they’re back on the road to celebrate.

The Diamond Dynasty Tour – marking 60 years of the act – comes to Southsea’s Kings Theatre this evening.

The group have also been offering 40 schools and colleges across the UK the opportunity to perform one song on stage with them and Portsmouth is being represented by the Portsmouth High School Senior Choir.

Portsmouth High School students will perform the song Love Doesn’t Ask Why as well as joining the group on stage for the finale Saturday Night At The Movies. Over six decades The Drifters have seen chart success on a global basis, achieving more than 114 million album sales and 214 million singles sales. Last year, Sony’s greatest hits compilation Up On The Roof, featuring all the hits and two brand new songs, achieved gold status and stayed in the charts for 14 weeks.

The Drifters were formed 60 years ago by George Treadwell and Ahmet Ertegun – founder of Atlantic Records. Since their creation the band have featured more than 65 vocalists, including icons such as Clyde McPhatter, Ben E King and Johnny Moore.

Some of the legends returned to perform alongside the current line-up at a concert at London’s O2 Arena in 2009.

Since day one, the line-up has changed to ensure both the longevity and also the fresh appeal of the group.

Current members are Pierre Herelle, Michael Williams, Ryan King and Carlton Powell, who will be performing tracks from a vast catalogue of hits that includes Under The Boardwalk and Kissin’ In The Back Row.

For tickets at £25 (concessions available) and information call the box office on (023) 9282 8282 or visit kings-southsea.com