rejected McPhatter's initial singers (The Mt. Lebanon
Gospel Singers), he recruited versatile gospel singers BILL PINKNEY
from the Southern Knights, and brothers GERHARDT and ANDREW
THRASHER from The Thrasher Wonders to join forces with him. They
signed with the company in 1953, thereby establishing the foundation
upon which a music legacy was subsequently built.
Thirty five years
later in 1988, originals McPhatter, Gerhardt Thrasher,
and Pinkney, along with subsequent Drifters Johnny Moore, Ben E. King,
Rudy Lewis, and Charlie Thomas were inducted into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame. It's staff filmed Pinkney’s oral history for archival inclusion
as a part of its Legends Series in March, 2000.
PINKNEY, the only
surviving 1953 member, used the name / mark
THE ORIGINAL DRIFTERS since the 1950s, committed to keeping alive the name and the sounds of the fifties. He passed away on July 4, 2007.
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