I was reading that after 1955, when Clyde McPhatter left, the Drifters name has been owned by their manager. More than 60 people have been members of the band. When they were inducted into the Rock n Roll HOF, 5 were chosen as representatives. McPhatter was there for only 1 year and Ben E. King only 2 years. The Ben E. King version was actually a different group called the Five Crowns who were hired after all the original Drifters were fired.