500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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The Drifters, 'Under the Boardwalk'

489. The Drifters, 'Under the Boardwalk'

Writers: Arthur Resnick, Kenny Young
Producer: Bert Berns
Released: June '64, Atlantic
33 weeks; No. 4

A staple of beach-town jukeboxes every summer since its release, "Under the Boardwalk" evokes the carefree sounds of the shore. But its recording was no day at the beach. Johnny Moore was drafted to sing lead because the track's original singer, Rudy Lewis, died of a heroin overdose in his hotel room the night before the session.

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


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