The Platters, The Drifters and The Coasters Show Tickets and Reviews

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The Platters, The Drifters and The Coasters

Reviewed July 9, 2003 by Ted Newkirk

platters-drifters-coasters.jpg (17960 bytes)The Platters, Beary Hobb’s Drifters, and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters

I was fortunate enough to have my parents in from out-of-town town, and have number relatives who live here so I rounded parents, aunt and uncle, cousin and even Grandma (ranging in age from around 30 to well past retirement) and away we went to see the Platters, Drifters, and Coasters. Wouldn’t you know it: everyone had a great time. I mean a really great, really fun time … as did the entire audience.

The late Cornell Gunter was the comic genius of the Coasters, and made the original group the “Clown Princes of Rock and Roll.” This continuance performs much of the comedic material he originally created, as well as treating us to memorable hits such as Lucy Brown, Love Potion #9, Yakty Yak, A capella, Twist, Poison Ivy and more.

The Platters kept the energy level up with their smooth renditions of some memorable classics and ballads. Only You, Great Pretender, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, My Prayer, Higher and Higher and more. Their smooth, uplifting performance really left everyone feeling great.

The late Elsbeary Hobbs was the original bass singer for the Drifters. It was his deep bass notes that are featured on There Goes My Baby, the hit that started a long line of
great Drifters hits and many feel helped influence what became the Motown sound.

Hobbs carried on performing into the 90’s. After his death, remaining members of his group continue the legacy. Radio staples such as This Magic Moment, Save the Last Dance For Me, Under the Boardwalk, There Goes My Baby and more spring to life in front of your eyes.

As noted, these aren’t the original member versions of the groups. Death and time have retired many of the greats who made the music famous. These continuations have various
ties to the originals, and keep the tradition alive with sharp outfits, the great choreographed moves famous during this era, and a top-notch level of professionalism and showmanship.

Whether this is the “soundtrack of your life” or you’ve just always enjoyed these time-tested classics, The Platters, Beary Hobb’s Drifters, and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters show is well worth enjoying.

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