Ray Pollard – Drifter (1965)

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Ray Pollard
After a decade of so with The Wanderers and before a stint with the Latin-Soul Hector Rivera Orchestra, the late great Ray Pollard recorded three solo singles for United Artists, including the classic ‘The Drifter’. A veteran of the Korean War, where he had lost his left hand while serving in the United States Army, Pollard was able to tap into his experiences to create this beat ballad. It would go onto become a staple track of the UK Northern Soul scene. Before he died in 2005, soul DJ Ralph Tee popped across the pond and captured the Vegas-set video featured.

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