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Drifters Lead Singer Moore Dies

January 1, 1999

LONDON (AP) _ Johnny Moore, lead singer for The Drifters on their 1960s hit ``Under The Boardwalk,″ has died in London, news reports said. He was 64.

Moore, a resident of England since The Drifters had a string of hits there in the mid-1970s, died Wednesday while on his way to a hospital in London, The Guardian reported. No cause of death was given.

The Drifters were formed in 1953 and still toured, but there have been a number of changes in the group’s personnel.

Moore, a Selma, Ala., native, joined in 1954. He and the entire group were fired four years later in a dispute with the group’s manager.

A completely new group was formed and Moore was rehired in 1961 after a stint of military service. He joined lead singer Rudy Lewis on such hits as ``Up on The Roof″ and ``On Broadway.″

When Lewis died in 1964, Moore became lead singer with ``Under the Boardwalk,″ the group’s last big hit.

When their American success declined in the 1970s, The Drifters found popularity in Britain.

Moore is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and three sons. Funeral plans were not announced.

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