500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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The Drifters, 'There Goes My Baby'

196. The Drifters, 'There Goes My Baby'

Writers: Benjamin Nelson, Lover Patterson, George Treadwell
Producers: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
Released: May '59, Atlantic
19 weeks; No. 2

Leiber and Stoller wanted a striking sound to match new vocalist Ben E. King's majestic voice. The odd arrangement featured out-of-tune timpani and strings that seemed to quote Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture." "It sounded like a radio caught between two stations," wrote Atlantic's Jerry Wexler. But King's croon soared above it all.

Appears on: The Very Best of the Drifters (Rhino)

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