When the name Bill
Pinkney is mention, people immediately think of The Drifters, and the
“doo-wop” era of the 50’s and 60’s. Few would associate Bill Pinkney with
gospel quartet music. Well, it is time to recognize Mr. Pinkney as one of
the greatest gospel music (not just gospel quartet) singer in the land.
Mr. Pinkney formed the group The Gospel Drifters about 8 years ago. The
group has recorded under different names. Their first gospel project “Fire
is Coming,” on the World Wide Gospel label, was done under the name
Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters. Their second gospel project “Peace In The
Valley,” on The Blackberry Records label, was done under the name
Bill Pinkney & The Original Drifters. Their third project was done on Mr. Pinkney’s own label, Pinkney Records. That project, “What A Wonderful
Change,” was recorded under the name The Gospel Drifters, featuring Reggie Funderburk. Their newest project is also on the Pinkney Records
label. The group’s name has changed once again. This time it is
Bill Pinkney & The Gospel Drifters.
Irrespective of what name the group uses, all of their gospel recordings
are outstanding and should be a part of every gospel music fan collection.
The most recent project, as did “What A Wonderful Change,” begins with Mr.
Pinkney singing lead on the opening track. In this case, the song is the
title track of the new CD – I Found The Lord.
If you are considering a group to have on your program, you cannot go wrong
with Bill Pinkney & The Gospel Drifters. This group is very professional.
They minister to their audience like no one, but the legend himself (Mr.
Bill Pinkney) can do.