• The Drapers (2)  (New York)
    aka The Duvals (2)


    Personnel :

    Ike Mason




    Discography :

    The Duvals (2)
    1956 - Ooh Wee Baby / You Came To Me (Rainbow 335)
    1956 - Guide Me / Happiness (Gee 1003)

    The Drapers (2)
    1960 - Best Love / One more time (Vest 831)

    Biography :

    Ben E. King was made a soloist (releasing "Show Me The Way"/"Brace Yourself" on Atlantic's Atco subsidiary in April 1960) and Lover Patterson remained his manager.  On many of his early sides, Ben E. King was backed up by another of Lover Patterson's groups, the Duvals (also known as the Drapers [an attempt to find a name that sounded like "Drifters"]). (Lover Patterson, aside from being the Drifters' road manager, remained the Duvals' manager. Since there was no longer a Crowns group, he initially re-named the Duvals "The Crowns." [The Duvals on Kelit, LaSalle and Boss are different groups.] In 1960, he changed their name again, this time from the Crowns to the Drapers, a name that was supposed to sound a bit like the "Drifters." As the Drapers, they recorded "Best Love"/"One More Time" for Vest. Note that the Drapers on Gee ["(I Know) Your Love Has Gone Away"/"You Got To Look Up"] from 1963 was a different group, containing Dock Green, Tommy Evans, Johnny Moore, and "Carnation" Charlie Hughes - all former members of the Drifters! Presumably Lover Patterson was their manager.)

    Songs :

    The Duvals (2)

    Ooh Wee Baby                      You Came To Me                    Guide Me

    The Drapers (2)

    One more time



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