Faye Treadwell dies at 84

Was manager of the Drifters

Fayrene “Faye” Treadwell, who became the manager of R&B group the Drifters in 1967 and thus one of the first African-American female managers in show business, died last week in Burbank. She was 84.

Treadwell’s daughter, Tina, said in a statement that Treadwell died after a long illness. No other details were provided.

After the death of her musician-manager husband, George Treadwell, she gained control and managed the Drifters, best known for such hits as “This Magic Moment,” “Under the Boardwalk” and “Save the Last Dance for Me.”

Treadwell is survived by her daughter, stepdaughter, mother and two sisters.

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