The Drifters and The Crystals to perform

Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters and The Crystals will take the stage at The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m., April 20.

Both groups climbed the charts with hits in the 1950s. Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters has welcomed several new members throughout the years, but they’ve always maintained their original sound. Their list of hits include, “Under the Boardwalk,” “Up on the Roof,” and “Save the Last Dance for Me.” In 1988, the Rock and Roll Hall of fame inducted the seven members of The Drifter’s: Bill Pinkney, Clyde McPhatter, Gerhart Thrasher, Ben E. King, Charlie Thomas, Rudy Lewis, and Johnny Moore.

The Crystals, who were discovered before they were out of high school, are best known for musical hits such as, “Da Doo Run Run” and “Then He Kissed Me.”  The group was once a five-member sensation but has scaled down to three: Dee Dee Kennibrew, who has been with the group since its first recording, Patricia Pritchett-Lewis, and Melissa Antoinette Grant.

Tickets start at $14 each.

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