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BEN E. KING
& THE DRIFTERS
THE CROWNS and LAVERN BAKER
First Taste Of Love (1958 -1960)
First Taste Of Love...
Although Ben E. King’s name is wholly synonymous with that of The Drifters, the reality is that he only actually sang on a dozen Drifters tracks - indeed, he’d effectively left the group after their first hit together. Ben E. King would, of course, go on to enjoy a massive career - as, indeed, would The Drifters - and both are still active to this day. But the body of work he recorded during 1959/60 was truly exceptional, and included many of his own and The Drifters’ respective career benchmark recordings. ‘First Taste Of Love’/‘Spanish Harlem’ was released in December 1960 and initially it was the former which took off (as, indeed, it had been custom-written to do). However, one or two deejays soon began playing the flip, whereupon ‘Spanish Harlem’ took over, eventually reaching No.10 Pop, No.15 R&B, giving Ben his first hit and winning him a gold record. In the UK, ‘First Taste’ made the Top 30 (it had peaked at No.53 Pop in the US).
THE CROWNS - Kiss And Make Up: I’ll Forget About You: DRIFTERS - There Goes My Baby: Oh My Love: Dance With Me: (If You Cry) True Love, True Love: This Magic Moment: Baltimore: Lonely Winds: Hey Senorita: BEN E. KING - Brace Yourself: Show Me The Way: BEN E. KING & LAVERN BAKER - A Help-Each-Other Romance: How Often: DRIFTERS - Save The Last Dance For Me: Nobody But Me: I Count The Tears: BEN E. KING - First Taste Of Love: Spanish Harlem: Stand By Me: Young Boy Blues: DRIFTERS - Sometimes I Wonder: BEN E. KING - I Promise Love: BONUS TRACKS: DRIFTERS - Lonely Winds (alt take): BEN E. KING - First Taste Of Love (single edit).
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