Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Happy Birthday, Bill Pinkney!

Bill Pinkney is the last surviving member of the original Drifters (founded in 1953), one of the great groups of my adolescence. Both Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King sang lead with the group at different times, but it's Pinkney's bass voice that most people remember from the classic "White Christmas," the best rockin' Christmas song ever recorded. (McPhatter also sings lead on that one.)


Lonnie Cruse said...

About 20 or so of us saw the Drifters and the Platters perform at the Executive INN in Paducah, KY several years ago. We still talk about what fools we made of ourselves, singing along and dancing in the aisles, but nobody makes music like that any more. Classics. Thanks for the reminder.

Bill said...

Judy and I will be seeing those two groups perform in Galveston this fall.