Friday, December 23, 2016

White Christmas "The Drifters" - Bill Pinkney





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! 
Happy Christmas!












22 comments:

  1. That's a great version of "White Christmas"! And I see the lovely tin of Cadbury's chocolate biscuits under your tree! Yum!

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    1. There is a story about that tin of Cadbury's! I was thrilled to find them last year but no such luck this year. Oh well, better luck next year! (That photo was my tree from last year.)

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  2. The bit about Bill Pinkney was interesting. And of course the song was wonderful.

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    1. Thanks, I loved reading about him too.

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  3. No white Christmas here, either - we're in for a spring-like day of around 8 degrees, and possibly even more tomorrow and on the 26th!

    So interesting to learn about Mr Pinkney's life. And as I am typing this, the song is playing :-)

    Merry Christmas to you, Richard, Christopher and his fiancée (sorry, forgot her name), dear Kay!
    Please keep the Cadbury's cookies box - I have almost the same one, just without the white pattern.

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    1. Guess what, I couldn't find the tin of Cadbury's cookies this year but I did find a bag of cookies from GERMANY!
      And they only cost me $2.00! They are Gewurz Spekulatius...spice cookies, and they are wonderful!!
      Hope you had a wonderful Christmas day! It is back to work tomorrow for Richard and myself!
      (C. came to spend Christmas with us, he and his girlfriend, Shoghik will be going to a wedding tomorrow!)

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  4. Merry Christmas! It won't be white in the swamps this year, but it can still be merry and bright!

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    1. Merry and bright is even better than white!

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  5. We just watched the movie, "White Christmas" which had me humming the tune as well : ) It's rainy and soggy here, but we will forever dream of a white Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    1. Merry Christmas to you and yours also!

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  6. There are just a very few patches of snow left here and they are still melting. It's above freezing and we'll probably have some rain here. No White for Christmas but that is good. Clear roads make for safer holiday travels. Sending you the best of wishes for a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. Yes, the snow really makes it hard for drivers.
      Merry Christmas, MA!

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  7. Wow- That is amazing information about him. Thank you for doing the research on that. I have always loved his voice...but never knew anything about him other than that he was a singer.

    We have lots of snow here if you would like me to send you a semi full. We got another 4 or 5" last night on top of the base of about a foot on the ground. The kids love it--me? Not so much. xo Diana

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    1. Oh boy, if I ever want a White Christmas, I will be coming to spend the holiday with YOU! Hey, we would have a ball, you know we would!!
      Merry Christmas!

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  8. I love this version of "White Christmas!". It is fabulous.

    We have definitely having a white Christmas this year. I can send you some snow if you'd like. We've got more than we need :)

    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Martha, you will just have to look at your great photos of the beaches in Cuba!
      Merry Christmas!

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  9. ~~~~merry~blessed~blissful~joy~~~~

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  10. Merry Christmas, Kay. Aloha from Hawaii.

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  11. Merry Christmas to you!
    I suspect all those pressies under the tree have your name on them.

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    1. Ha, ha! I just looked and the only one that was mine was the Cadbury's Biscuits. Good thing, since I couldn't find them this year!
      Hope you had a nice Boxing Day today, not a holiday here although a lot of people had the day off, I was not so lucky!

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