Charlie Thomas dying: Drifters singer battled liver most cancers

Charlie Thomas, a singer and longtime member of the R&B group the Drifters, has died. He was eighty five.

The veteran vocalist died Jan. 31 at his residence in Bowie, Md., after a battle with liver most cancers, his pal and fellow singer Peter Lemongello Jr. confirmed to the la instances. whereas performing with the Drifters for greater than 60 years, Thomas recorded hits reminiscent of “There Goes My baby,” “underneath the Boardwalk,” “This Magic second” and “Save the final Dance for Me.”

in response to the the ny instances, Thomas continued to tour with the Drifters till the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“He was ageing, however he was lively virtually every weekend,” Lemongello informed the mannequin the ny instances. “sadly, he went from being lively to being at residence and he started going downhill.”

In 1988, Thomas was inducted into the Rock & Roll hall of Fame alongside fellow Drifters Ben E. King, invoice Pinkney, Clyde McPhatter, Gerhart Thrasher, Johnny Moore and Rudy Lewis.

“The story of the Drifters is greater than the story of a single group’s success,” Michael Hill wrote of their hall-of-fame induction essay.

“It’s additionally the story of the good rhythm and blues singers who claimed membership inside the group at numerous instances … Time has hardly made their work seem quaint; barely, their work has withstood the ravages of the years to finally end up to be methodology extra particular, extra understanding.”

On Twitter, singer Gary U.S. Bonds remembered Thomas as “a great pal.”

“relaxation in peace, Charlie,” Bonds wrote. “we’ll miss you. #rocknroll #legend.”

“i’ve so many fond recollections that we have gotten spent collectively by a lot of my life rising up, that i will cherish with out finish,” Lemongello wrote on Instagram. “I can nonetheless hear Charlie proclaim ‘Peter Is A Star!’ which he would typically inform me and whoever was round. I’ll miss you with out finish Charlie!”

Thomas is survived by his spouse, Rita Thomas; his daughters, Crystal Thomas Wilson and Victoria inexperienced; his sons, Charlie Jr., Michael Sidbury and Brian Godfrey, and a lot of grandchildren and good-grandchildren, in response to the mannequin the ny instances. A memorial service for Thomas will happen Feb. sixteen at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover, Md.


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