Description: Vocalist , USA

Known For: Member of – “The Drifters” USA

Instruments: Voice

Music Styles: Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Soul

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Date Born: 4th August 1936
Location Born: United States of America

Web Site: The Drifters official site

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Elsberry Hobbs

A member of “The Drifters”. A long lived American doo wop/R&B vocal group, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter in 1953.

Hobbs was part of the new line-up in 1958 consisting of:

Benjamin Earl Nelson known professionally as Ben E. King lead tenor. Charlie Thomas (tenor)
Dock Green (baritone)
Elsbeary Hobbs (bass).

James “Poppa” Clark was the fifth member, he was not included in the new group.

Hobbs was drafted for military service and eventually replaced by the returning Tommy Evans (from the 1958 group).

Widely considered the golden age of the group, released several singles that became chart hits: “There Goes My Baby,” the first commercial rock-and-roll recording to include a string orchestra, “Dance With Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “Save the Last Dance for Me” and “I Count The Tears.”

Elsbeary Hobbs was drafted and eventually replaced by the returning Tommy Evans 1958.

The Drifters are a long-lasting American doo-wop and R&B/soul vocal group. They were originally formed to serve as a backing group for Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953.