The Drifters Girl, review: Beverley Knight raises the roof

The Drifters Girl, review: Beverley Knight raises the roof

“A formidable businesswoman,” is how one obituary summed up Faye Treadwell in 2011. Given her success and staying power, managing the long-lived R&B/soul vocal group The Drifters from 1967, through multiple iterations, until she retired in 2001, that’s a compliment as well as a character assessment. The context of her rise from a humble background as the daughter of an Arkansas Baptist minister to record industry power-player called for an inner grit contrasting with the honeyed sounds the group purveyed: sexism, racism and narrow assumptions were the battlefields she fought across. If you take The Drifters’ gem-stuffed back-catalogue and thread it through her story, along with the group’s, have you enough for a winning jukebox musical? Shows about talented women forging their path have proved big hits – witness Tina, …
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