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The Drifters

Celebrating over 60 Years of Classic Rock, Classic R&B, Oldies, Rock, R&B, Pop, '50s, '60s, '70s

"Thank you, thank you, thank you, for helping us raise the needed money. --Matthew Wallace, Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce

"Looking forward to having them back with us in the future. A great group to work with!"  --Debra Hoskins, Norton Center for the Arts

"Awesome act under $15K" --American Entertainment Magazine, Summer 2010 and 2011

"Great show under $15K" --American Entertainment Magazine, May/June 2009 
LinwoodMGMPress in 2014







LinwoodMCwebThe Drifters are regarded as one of early Rock and Roll’s super groups and charted with megahits like “Under the Boardwalk,” “On Broadway,” “Stand By Me,” “Up On The Roof,” and “This Magic Moment.” Rolling Stone Magazine ranks the Drifters number 81 on their 100 greatest artists of all time.  The Drifters have been inducted into both The Rock and Roll and the Vocal Group Halls of Fame and over the years have been fronted by memorable singers such as Clyde McPhatter, Ben E. King and Bill Pinkney.  Linwood Peel is regarded as one of the best live performers in the group’s history.

The media has widely reported from coast to coast on The Drifters (with Linwood at the helm), including:

  • The San Francisco Chronicle
  • The Houston Chronicle
  • The Los Angeles Daily News
  • The Miami Herald
  • United Press International
  • Yahoo! Money
  • The Boston Globe
  • CBS Money Watch

...and more than 100 other media outlets!

The Drifters in Deerfield Beach, FL March 2014The soulful, sensitive sounds of Linwood Peel, whether as a Master of Ceremonies or musical, are inspired by legends. Memories of Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Otis Redding, Teddy Pendergrass, and Bobby Bluebland echo in the stylish phrasing of this incredible performer.

Born the son of a North Carolina sharecropper, his early voice was shaped in the church his father pastored. His deep gospel roots gave birth to a strikingly unique and powerful entertainer. Linwood's vocals are an attempt to take his human soul and project it into space. It is the ultimate gesture of getting out of himself. He takes a part of what is most private, most personal, most inward, and hurls it out into space-he projects it as far as he can. This style and gesture of opening his whole inner self results in an enormous spiritual release, and is felt by everyone with tremendous impact.

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.

LinwoodMarkThe 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.

Today, not only does the group perform many of The Drifters tunes that they were noted for, but an abridged potpourri of standard rock songs.

Although not scheduled to perform, when asked by Producer Mark Sonder to step in, with less than 10 minutes to go, to perform the National Anthem in front of an indoor stadium full of people at the New England Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Sonder asked, "Can you be ready?" and Peel replied, "No problem, I was born to sing!"

TheDriftersThe Drifters Million Sellers 
There Goes My Baby
This Magic Moment
Save the Last Dance For Me
Up On the Roof
On Broadway
Under the Boardwalk
Dance With Me
True Love, True Love
I Count the Tears

Additional Drifters Hits (reached the Top 10)

Lonely Winds
Some Kind of Wonderful
Please Stay
Sweets for My Sweet
Room Full of Tears
When My Little Girl is Smiling
Stranger on the Shore
I'll Take You Home
I've Got Sand in My Shoes
Spanish Harlem

Watch The Drifters (Winstar Global Event Centre Casino, OK)
This Magic Moment
Up on the Roof
Under The Boardwalk


Listen to The Drifters:

Saturday Night At The Movies
There Goes My Baby
Stand By Me extraordinarily sung by Linwood 

The Best of:
Whte Christmas
Please Be Home for Christmas
Can't Get Enough 
My Girl
If You Don't Know Me By Now
Pennies From Heaven
Don't Leave Me This Way 
Linwood goes solo with America the Beautiful and his original music/lyrics There's No Need To Cry.

Please visit and sign up for the Linwood Peel's Stars from The Drifters Fan Club


Photos: On Tour at The MGM Grand; Linwood as Master of Ceremonies; In Deerfield Beach, FL 3/30/14; Group with Mark Sonder photo by William B. Folsom Photography Inc. and with his group members (advertisement)

Video:  Bottom, Linwood and the group performing more than just the great Drifters hits!

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