Bill Pinkney dies at 81

Bill Pinkey, the last original member of The Drifters, died on Wednesday, July 4th. He was 81.

Pinkney was discovered dead at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, but the death was not considered suspicious, according to information from Daytona Beach Police spokesman Jimmie Flynt. Pinkney had been scheduled to perform there at a Fourth of July festival.

Maxine Porter (Pinkney’s manager) has declined to discuss the cause of Pinkney’s death, but has revealed that he had health problems.

The Drifters found a name for themselves in the music industry with hits like “Under the Boardwalk,” “Up on the Roof,” and “Save the Last Dance For Me.” The current Drifters line-up performed on Wednesday night at the concert, and an announcement about Pinkney’s death was made after the show. The Drifters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

Pinkney’s funeral arrangements were pending as of Thursday morning

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