Guess what, I have been listening to the song "White Christmas" by the Drifters all this past week and I have been happily humming it. Reading more about it, I have discovered that yet again, I have found someone that I want to call your attention to, Mr. Bill Pinkney of the Drifters.
Willie "Bill" Pinkney was born August 15, 1925 in Datzell, South Carolina. He began singing at a young age in his church choir where he developed his love for gospel music. Before he began his singing career with the Drifters, he was a pitcher for the New York Yankees sandlot team. During World War II, he served in the Army and was awarded a Presidential Citation with Five Bronze Stars for bravery at Normandy and Bastogne. When he returned to the USA after World War II, he met up with those who would become the other members of the Drifters.
A note here....in my reading recently about the Battle of the Bulge (research for my post about the American St. Nick), I read that the "colored" troops were only used as back up personnel but during the largest and bloodiest battle by US troops during World War II, Eisenhower ordered all available men into combat.
Bill Pickney died in July 4, 2007 in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he was scheduled to perform at the 4th of July celebrations. He not only performed right up until his death but he also offered encouragement to young people in their musical endeavors. He worked on legislation protecting the music and reputation of musical groups, known as the Truth in Music Bill or the Bill Pickney bill. "The Truth In Music Bill was created to protect the artists from Identity theft
and to protect the Consumer from being mis-led to believe they are seeing the legendary artists that made the hits songs famous - when in fact they are not."
Okay now, are there any filmmakers out there? I wish someone would make a movie about him! Wouldn't you go to see it? I would! As always, no matter what this man accomplished, he just seemed like such a nice man, and honestly, that is what matters the most to me.
Now, my friends, will you have a white Christmas? We won't in Georgia, the expected high will be 70 degrees!