The Drifters: Under the Boardwalk


With one of the most distinctive openings in pop, this was written by Kenny Young and Arthur Resnick. It was recorded by The Drifters in 1964, reaching No 4 in America but only No 45 in Britain.

The song was due to be recorded on May 21, 1964, but the group’s lead singer Rudy Lewis died of a suspected heroin overdose the night before. Rather than reschedule the studio session the solo was given to the group’s other lead vocalist, Johnny Moore.

The Rolling Stones had a go at it the same year, but it was pathetic. Mick Jagger’s middle-class tones could not have been less suited to the song.

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