Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
More rock 'n' roll history passed through the Cellar Door Sunday evening when the Drifters brought a high-energy performance and a string of rhythm and blues classics to an enthusiastic sellout in Georgetown.
The group, put together by Clyde McPhatter, Charlie Thomas and Doc Green back in 1951, still perform with the enthusiasm they mustered at Washington's Howard Theater back in the mid-1950s.
Thomas and Green remain from the original version, and the presence of Bernard Jones and former Crest vocalist Gary Lewis detracts not at all from reworked hits such as "On Broadway," "Save the Last Dance for Me," "This Magic Moment," Carole King's "Up on the Roof," and, yes, "White Christmas."
The Drifters wear the decades gracefully, with Doc Green still able to stir an audience with "Only You" and Charlie Thomas chattering away much as he did in the days when Ben E. King and Johnny Williams were on hand.
The Drifters have spent most of this year on the road performing, as one might expect, with the Coasters, Chuck Berry and the Shirelles. They've also found themselves on the bill with such upsets as Eddie Fisher and Donald O'Connor, proving that in the minds of promoters the 1950s were all one piece.