Charlie Thomas (musician)

Charlie Thomas
Charlie Thomas Performing Live.
Charlie Thomas Performing Live.
Background information
Birth name Charles Thomas
Also known as Charlie
Born (1937-04-07) April 7, 1937 (age 84)
Lynchburg, Virginia
Origin United States
Genres Pop, Rock & Roll, R&R
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 1957–present
Labels Atlantic Records
Associated acts The Drifters, Elsbeary Hobbs, Terry King, The Five Crowns, Johnny Moore, Ben E. King, Bobby Hendricks
Website Charlie Thomas' Drifters Official Site

Charles Thomas (born April 7, 1937, Lynchburg, Virginia) is an American rhythm and blues singer best known for his work with The Drifters. Thomas was performing with The Five Crowns at the Apollo Theater in 1958 when George Treadwell fired his group, called The Drifters. Treadwell recruited the Five Crowns[1] to become the new Drifters.

The new Drifters' first release was the 1959 hit "There Goes My Baby". Charlie was lead singer on two of the group's top 40 hits, "Sweets For My Sweet" and "When My Little Girl Is Smiling".[2][3]


He is the father of Charles "Happy" Thomas Jr. and grandfather to hip-hop producer Charlie "Bambu" Thomas.[citation needed]


Charlie Thomas was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and was given a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1999. On May 21, 2011, in Cranston, Rhode Island, Thomas and The Drifters performed at the Vintage New England Theater.[4]


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