Wednesday, January 14, 2009


In a recent post on Blogcatolog it has been suggest that Butch Leake in an early posting
on the history of the Drifters had commited some form of plagarism on a work reportedly
by Tony Allan relating to a book he wrote on the early history of the group.

Specifically in his own words he states he was the first ever to list early Drifter recordings.

It must be said that this drifters story is one of the most recorded stories
world wide. There are currently over 195,000 biographical listings on the world wide
web alone.

Many of these listings are very detailed as they were ascertained by interviewing former
members past and present.

It is in this understanding that most of what is reported in Mr Allans book was shaped by
the former Drifters management an though it has historical value, it does not paint an
absolute accurate picture of the history or of the truth.

A matter of fact many publications have been reporting on the 50s vocal group since the very early 70s and carried much more detailed biographies and discograph listings long before publication in this book which if we are correct was first published in 1994.

Drifter recordings are a matter of historical record. To say one does not have access
or knowledge of them is incorrect thinking on this authors part.

In law, defamation (also called calumny, libel,, slander, and vilification) is communication
of a statement that makes a false claim, expressly stated or implied to be factual, that
give an individual, business, product, group, government or nation a negative image.

Slander refers to a malicious, false and defamatory spoken statement or report, while
libel refers to any other form of communication such as written words or images......

Mr. Allan claims there were large parts of his book used on the site? is this accusation
in part, because he thinks of himself as the only legitament writer comissioned by the

Drifter management?

A further fact is my research and writing matters started long before this book or a T. Allan
was ever known and because his work may be listed under some title I might have on the
internet as far as similarities does not mean I lifted his material. Thats the way information
is logged on the web...


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