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Charlie Thomas (musician)
|Birth name||Charles Thomas|
|Also known as||Charlie|
|Born|| (1937-04-07) April 7, 1937
|Genres||Pop, Rock & Roll, R&R|
|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 to become the new Drifters.
He is the father of Charles "Happy" Thomas Jr. and grandfather to hip-hop producer Charlie "Bambu" Thomas.
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.
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