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Charlie Thomas Dies: Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer With The Drifters For 60 Years Was 85

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Charlie Thomas, who as part of The Drifters kept alive such hits as “There Goes My Baby” and “Under the Boardwalk” for new generations, died on Jan.

31 at his home in Bowie, Md. He was 85. His friend, singer Peter Lemongello Jr., said the cause was liver cancer. Thomas was a Drifter for more than 60 years, touring with the group until the pandemic closed the nightclub and concert circuit.

Thomas, a tenor, was an integral part of the group as they churned out such hits as “There Goes My Baby,” “Under The Boardwalk,” “Up on the Roof,” and “Saturday Night at the Movies,” among others. “Save The Last Dance For Me” reached No.

1 on the Billboard charts, the group’s only chart-topper. Thomas sang lead on lead on “Sweets for My Sweet,” which reached No.

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