This was written by Arthur Resnick and Kenny Young. Resnick also wrote "Good Lovin'
" for The Rascals; Young wrote songs for Herman's Hermits and formed a band called Fox.
It was Atlantic Records' head Jerry Wexler who came across the song at Resnick and Young's publishing company, and decided that The Drifters should record it. The group wasn't thrilled with the song, but Wexler had final say on all songs they recorded, and made it clear that they were going to record "Under The Boardwalk.