Oct 27 2011 By Clair Fullarton
PUPILS at Annanhill Primary had stars in their eyes when a member of legendary band The Drifters popped in.
The P6 youngsters are appearing on stage with the supergroup at the Grand Hall on Sunday, November 20, and this week they met with singer Michael Williams for final rehearsals.
The kids are providing backing vocals to the band’s rousing 70s classic ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’, and a cover version of the M People favourite ‘Search for a Hero’.
Pupils have been practising hard with teacher Marisa McColgan and clerical assistant Una McKenzie, both big Drifters fans.
And Michael was most impressed by the calibre of his young co-stars when he met them on Tuesday afternoon.
"They did really well, "enthuased the Drifters man, who has been with the band for six years.
"They are a great bunch of singers and have learned both songs really well. I’m sure they’ll do great on the night."
The 20 children taking part in the show were picked after X Factor- style audtions held in school.
Their teacher Miss McColgan said: "They’ve been working really hard and are really excited about singing on stage with The Drifters. Una and I get to come on at the very end, so we’re excited about that too!"
Drifters man Michael added: "We are looking forward to a really busy show at the Grand Hall next month. The crowds up here go crazy every time they hear an old favourite like ‘Kissing in the Back Row’ and it is the same for us.
"We love the old classics and they’ll always be part of our show. They are timeless, feel good songs which never get tired and never get old."
The Drifters were founded 57 years ago by George Treadwell and Ahmet Ertegun – founder of Atlantic Records.
Since their creation the band has featured over 60 vocalists, including icons such as Clyde McPhatter, Ben E King and Johnny Moore. The Drifters have sold over 214 million singles and 114 million albums worldwide. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 in recognition of their global success spanning almost six decades.