Billy Pinkney Collection on the Drifters

Billy Pinkney Collection on the Drifters is dated 1950s-1988 and some materials are undated. The collection contains a 78 rpm Atlantic record sleeve and three newspaper clippings. The collection gives insight into the original Drifters’ popularity. The Billy Pinkney Collection on the Drifters is arranged alphabetically.

Bill Pinkney, a tenor and bass singer, was one of the last surviving original members of the Drifters. Pinkney joined the group in 1953 but throughout 1956 to 1958, Pinkney would be in and out of the group and would eventually go on tour with a group called The Original Drifters.

The Drifters were formed in the 1950s in New York and were the connection between 1950s rhythm and blues and 1960s soul music. The name of the group, Drifters, was apropos due to the fact that members “drifted in and out of the band from the beginning.” The group signed with Atlantic Records in 1953 and stayed with the label until 1966 and Ahmet Ertegun claimed that they were “the all-time greatest Atlantic group.”

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