ORIGINAL Drifters member Roy G Hemmings brings together the sound of three of America’s iconic recording labels when he returns to the West Cliff Theatre this week.

Hits of Motown combines the timeless music from the labels of Motown, the Sound of Philadelphia and Stax Atlantic, in one action-packed show.

Critics and fans alike agree that Roy is a great showman and dynamic singer.

Believed to be the longest serving former member of legendary group The Drifters, Roy had worked alongside founder Johnny Moore for more than ten years.

He has entertained audiences around the world with his easy, relaxed style and fabulous voice in a career that spans four decades and includes appearances in several Royal Variety shows and twice at the White House.

As a highly respected artiste and singer he has a distinguished track record of fine stage-craft.

Roy enjoyed major success when he signed a recording deal in the mid-Seventies with the J.A.L.N. Band, one of the first groups to storm the British charts with dance record Disco Music, I Like It, produced by Pete Waterman.

After three hit albums, the group disbanded and Roy launched his solo career.

In 1997 he released his first solo album, No Afro, No Sequins, No Flares to great critical acclaim.

He followed that in 1999 with second solo album All Talked Out, which includes a fine version of The Drifters classic Like Sister and Brother.

Roy's Hits of Motown show is a celebration of 50 years of music from the likes of The Three Degrees, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and The O’Jays.

It will feature classic hits Me and Mrs Jones, Don’t Leave Me this Way, Givin’ Up Givin’ In, Stop In The Name of Love, My Girl and more.

Hits of Motown is at Clacton's West Cliff Theatre on Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets are £22 (£20 over-60s) on 01255 433344.