12/6/17: The Drifters “White Christmas” 

With the holiday season here, I keep thinking of all these great Christmas songs. One of the first ones to pop into my head every year is the timeless “White Christmas,” by The Drifters. The song “White Christmas,” of course, has been around for a very long time. It’s an Irving Berlin tune, written way back in the early ‘40s, featured in the movie “Holiday Inn” and popularized by the legendary crooner Bing Crosby. Everybody knows the words to this one… it’s timeless! Crosby’s version has sold over 100 million copies all over the world, and even got him a starring role in the 1954 movie “White Christmas” which starred, you guessed it, Bing Crosby! Along with Rosemary Clooney and Danny Kaye, of course. The movie is almost as good as the song, too!

“White Christmas” has been a popular seasonal song for decades, but I don’t think anybody’s ever done it quite like The Drifters. They gave it a fantastic doo-wop treatment that sets it apart from all the other versions out there. They guy with the tenor voice is none other than Clyde McPhatter, who happens to be from Durham! The bass singer is the late Bill Pinkney, of South Carolina, who actually possess a multi-octave voice!

The Drifter’s version saw another huge swell of popularity after being featured in the movie “Home Alone” and introduced to a whole new generation of fans. Since it’s December and I’m already in the holiday spirit, let’s get rolling and cross our fingers for a white Christmas of our own!

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After playing a show at The Cat’s Cradle in July, at Local 506 in August, The Carrboro Music Festival in September; and The Southern Village Green in November,  the School of Rock students’ next BIG public LIVE performance will be Saturday January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse.

At 1pm, its “Rock Goddesses” with Music from Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin and More. This is followed at 3pm with the songs of Led Zeppelin I and II. January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse, put it on your calendar now!

The School of Rock Chapel Hill is a music school located in the 501 Diner location on Fordham Blvd in front of Eastgate, in the Blue Hill District!

Why should the kids have all of the rock and roll fun? The School of Rock Offers adult programs as well. It is never too late to learn how to rock!

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You are invited to stop in for a tour or schedule a free demo session. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 3PM-9PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM!  

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