I DON'T WANT TO GO ON WITHOUT YOU * THE DRIFTERS * ATLANTIC 2237 * USA
The Drifters recorded three songs at this New York session in May 1964, He's Just A Playboy, the above and Under The Boardwalk the A side of this one. Charles Thomas took the lead on this cut and was accompanied by Johnny Moore, Eugene Pearson and Johnny Terry. The song was written by Jerry Wexler and Burt Burns, and while it is a pretty average love song, and Burns orchestral arrangements are a bit plodding at times, yet with Thomas's rich vocals and the full use of the other Drifters on backing vocals, it has that extra something to single it out.
A fine Reggae cover of I Don't Want To Go On Without You (re titled Can't Go On) was also recorded at the end of the decade by Roy Richards, for Studio 1 (see below).
CAN'T GO ON * ROY RICHARDS * SUPREME * JA
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