|Pop Culture Gadabout|
Saturday, March 08, 2008 |
( 3/08/2008 03:06:00 PM ) Bill S.
ME BEING A QUIBBLING DICK: So I'm reading a John Grisham novel in the tub, 2002's The Summons, and I come upon a scene where an obnoxious rich guy is attempting to buy his way into society by putting on a benefit dance featuring the "Motown rhythms of the Drifters." Waitaminute, I think: the Drifters weren't Motown; they predate that label and were part of the early crop of r-&-b greats showcased in the late fifties/early sixties on Atlantic Records. Though a few of their later beach music tracks ("Come On Over to My Place," f'rinstance) play with a Motowny sound, the bulk of their best-known hits - "Save the Last Dance for Me," "Under the Boardwalk," "Up on the Roof" - favored more Latinate rhythms. I swear that one flub has ruined the whole novel for me . . .