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Willie Pinkney August 15, — July 4, was an American performer and singer. Pinkney was often said to be the last surviving original member of The Drifterswho achieved international fame with numerous hit records.
He was chiefly responsible for its early sounds. The Drifters have had a strong influence on soulrhythm and bluesand rock and roll music. Born Willie Pinkney in Dalzell, South CarolinaPinkney grew up singing his favorite music, gospel, Some Kind Of Wonderful - Bill Pinkney And The Original Drifters - Live In Concert his church choir. He earned a Presidential Citation with five service stars for battles including Normandy and Bastogne under General Patton.
Returning from the war, Pinkney began to sing again in various gospel choirs. There he met and joined with the men who became the original members of the Drifters. McPhatter proposed they create a new group to record for Atlantic Records. On their first record, " Money Honey ", Pinkney, a natural bass-baritone with a multi- octave range, actually sang first tenor.
That version was featured in the movie Home Alone as well as the movie " The Santa Clause. Pinkney was in and out of the group from through He Song For Marcel - C.W.
Vrtacek - Silent Heaven not participate in the recording of later hits like "Fools Fall in Love" and " Drip Drop ", which featured bass singer Tommy Evans. InGeorge Treadwellthe group manager fired all of the individual Drifters and hired all new singers, The Crowns formally known as the Five Crownssigning them under the Drifters' name.
Pinkney was forced to leave. Pinkney quickly created a group called the Original Drifters, made up of key members of the first —58 association. Pinkney's Original Drifters was consistently popular throughout the southeastern United States. For decades their music was a staple of the " beach music " scene. Pinkney was buried at St. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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