By Sarah Spencer
On Wednesday night, March 25 at Juanita's in downtown Little Rock, Lee
Logan and The Legendary Drifters played to a couple of handfuls of fans who
decided to brave the cold weather and rain to hear some of their favorite Motown
classics. Although the audience was few in number, Lee Logan was ready to play a
great show and even had audience participation during nearly every song.
with Logan, Paul Ruddy lent his strong baritone to form The Drifters or should I say, The Driftors. They started off
with a classic Ben E. King song, "Stand by Me," which was confusing for a moment.
Ben E. King used to be a member of The Drifters before he started his solo
career. But, throughout the night they also sang various songs by different
artists such as Chubby Checker, The Temptations and Marvin Gaye, who were never part of legendary band. The group performed well and danced together and
had matching suits; they even sang standards by The Drifters like "Up on the
Roof," "On Broadway," "Under the Boardwalk," "Saturday Night at the Movies," "There Goes
My Baby" and "This Magic Moment" but, unfortunately, they weren't The Drifters. The Drifters have all died including, Bill Pinkney who died 2 years ago at age
81, who, years ago, Lee Logan played with for a time and then went off and
formed his own band using the name The Driftors.
On this particular night, they
played with backup band, Nothin' But the Truth, out of Las Vegas. The talented band was great with men ranging in ages from their 20s to
their 50s. At one point during the concert, the youngest singer – who was probably
in his 40s – led the audience into a train dance around the room. For their
encore, they came back on the stage to perform some requested songs, "Dance with
Me" and "Save the Last Dance for Me." After singing "Dance with Me," Lee Logan
decided to sing the Marvin Gaye classic, "Let's Get it On." But the band didn't
know it and started playing "Diamonds and Pearls by Prince." This
obviously confused and irritated Logan, but then they made a smooth transition into "Let's
Get it On," instead of "Save the Last Dance for Me," which would of been a better
song choice to end a concert on, although neither song is theirs.
It would be surprising, however, if there weren't some legal issues going on with the rights to these songs being sung and
the name The Drifters being used but everyone had a blast at this concert and
they put on a great show. If they come back to town, they would be worth seeing
again, although the ticket price
was a little high at $15 a pop, especially since they aren't the real