• The Harmony Grits (New York)
    (The Original Drifters Minus Clyde Mcphatter)


    Personnel :

    David "Little David" Baughan (Lead)

    Bill Pinkney (Tenor)

    Andrew "Bubba" Thrasher (Second Tenor)

    Gerhart "Gay" Thrasher (Baritone)


    Discography :

    1959 - I Could Have Told You / Am I To Be The One (End 1051)
    1959 - Santa Claus Is Coming / Gee (End 1063)


    Biography :

    In 1959, the Original Drifters made two records for George Goldner's End label, billed as the "Harmony Grits" (although a Billboard advertisement included the phrase "formerly the Original Drifters").

    David, Gerhart, Bill, Andrew

    In June 1959, they released "I Could Have Told You" (led by Little Dave), backed with "Am I To Be The One" (all). November saw Gerhart leading "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town," coupled with a remake of the Crows' classic, "Gee," with Bill doing a high lead.

    Andrew, Gerhart, Bill, David                                                

    Unfortunately, Little Dave still had not become the stable member they needed. While he'd drift in and out of the group over the next ten years, he only appears on the End sides.

    Songs :

    I Could Have Told You               Santa Claus Is Coming

    Am I To Be The One                       Gee


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