Bill Pinkney

Bill Pinkney wearing a light tan suit with a brown patterned tie

Bill Pinkney, one of the original Drifters, poses with his cake for photographers during his 80th birthday party, Monday, August 15, 2005, in Columbia, S.C. Image courtesy of (now defunct) Picasa user ClayColeShow.

(1925-2007) Born in Dalzell, SC, Bill Pinkney was one of the original members of the R&B/Soul group, The Drifters. He also was a pitcher for the Negro League's New York Blue Sox and served in World War II.