White Christmas - The Drifters on Atlantic 1048 (1954)

This side happened to be the first Drifters' tune to crossover to the mainstream Billboard charts...33 more would follow.

First vocal we hear is Bill Pinkney, a South Carolinian, a pitcher in the Negro Leagues and also the last original Drifter to pass away...in 2007.

Second lead will be by the great Clyde McPhatter. McPhatter was a fellow Tarheel from Durham, NC. After winning an Amateur Night at the Apollo, he joined Billy Ward's Dominoes and later was a founding member of the first incarnation of The Drifters.



  1. Keep 'em comin'. The history of these records is as much fun to read as the music is to enjoy listening to.