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Last of The Drifters:

Filed under: Music News — rat July 6, 2007 @ 12:12 am

Bill Pinkney, the last original member of The Drifters, died on Wednesday, July 4th. He was 81. He was discovered dead at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort where he had been scheduled to perform there at a Fourth of July festival. bill pinkney

The Drifters found a name for themselves in the music industry with hits like “Under the Boardwalk,” “Up on the Roof,” and “Save the Last Dance For Me.”

Pinkney, a World War Two veteran and former pitcher for the New York Blue Sox of the Negro Baseball League, was the only surviving member of the original lineup of the group that formed in 1953. He left the group in 1958 in a dispute over money and set up The Original Drifters.

Seven members of The Drifters, including Pinkney, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

They just dont make music like that anymore.

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