McPhatter was the original lead singer of The Drifters, founder, and
named the group.
E King (Stand By Me) was a subsequent lead singer of the Drifters.
"Saturday night" and "movies" appeared in two
of their record titles !
the world" seems to have been a member of the Drifters, at one
time or another.
manager owned the name and changed the line-up regularly. There are
on-going claims to being "the" Drifters.
Richard's backing group, the Shadows, was originally called the Drifters
and in UK many referred to the Drifters as the American Drifters to
distinguish them (at least until the name change).