Are you familiar with the group called The Platters?
Did you know that The Platters were one of the most famous vocal groups in history?
The group was formed in Los Angeles in 1952.
After the hit, The Great Pretender, they compiled many more hits such as:
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Harbor Lights, Enchanted, Only You, to name a few.
Their music inspired (and created) many generations.
This link takes you to The Great Pretender and from there you can explore their music.
As far as their life story, here is the wikipedia link!
THE PLATTERS - ONLY YOU
Platters - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
The Platters Unchained Melody
The Platters - Remember When
You'll never know - The Platters
The Platters - He`s Mine
The Platters Live In 6 Rare Performances! (Original Group)
The Original Platters Group Taking the Night Club Scene by Storm, in the Late '50s, With Their Chart-Topping Hits; Only You, Great Pretender, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Twilight Time, & He's Mine.
The Platters formed in Los Angeles in 1953 and were initially managed by Ralph Bass. The original group (Alex Hodge, Cornell Gunter, David Lynch, Joe Jefferson, Gaynel Hodge, and Herb Reed) landed a contract with Federal Records but found little success. Reed is credited with creating the group's name.In June 1953, Gunter was replaced by lead vocalist Tony Williams.
The band then released two singles with Federal Records, under the management of Bass, but found little success. The band then met music entrepreneur and songwriter Buck Ram. Ram made some changes to the lineup, most notably the addition of female vocalist Zola Taylor; later, Hodge was replaced by Paul Robi.
Under Ram's guidance, the Platters recorded eight songs for Federal in the R&B/gospel style, scoring a few minor regional hits on the West Coast, and backed Williams' sister, Linda Hayes. One song recorded during their Federal tenure, "Only You (And You Alone)," originally written by Ram for the Ink Spots, was deemed unreleasable by the label, though copies of this early version do exist.
Despite their lack of chart success, the Platters were a profitable touring group, successful enough that The Penguins, coming off their #8 single "Earth Angel," asked Ram to manage them as well. With the Penguins in hand, Ram was able to parlay Mercury Records' interest into a 2-for-1 deal. To sign the Penguins, Ram insisted, Mercury also had to take the Platters. The Penguins would never have a hit for the label.
Zoletta Lynn Taylor (March 17, 1938 – April 30, 2007) was an American singer. She was the original female member of The Platters from 1954 to 1962, when the group produced most of their popular singles.
Taylor appeared with The Platters in the first rock'n'roll film, Rock Around the Clock. In 1990, Taylor was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Platters. Zola Taylor died in Riverside, CA at age 69, from pneumonia, following a series of strokes. Zola Taylor was portrayed by Halle Berry in the 1998 film Why Do Fools Fall in Love.
The Platters were discovered and managed by Buck Ram. On the Mercury record label, 45rpm release of the Platters' song, "My Prayer," Williams was listed as Tony Wilson. In a dispute over money, Williams left the Platters to pursue a solo career and continued to work with Ram.
Williams was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Platters in 1990. Tony performed with his own version of the Platters, known as the International Platters, featuring his wife Helen Williams. Musical director William Gulino worked with Tony Williams and the Platters off and on from 1978 to 1992.
Herbert "Herb" Reed (August 7, 1928 – June 4, 2012) was an American musician, vocalist and founding member of The Platters, who were known for their hits during the 1950s and 1960s. Reed, who was the last surviving original member of the group, which he co-founded with four other musicians in 1953, is credited with creating The Platters' name. Reed thought of the group's name after noticing that DJs in the 1950s called their records, "platters"
The Platters - My Prayer
THE PLATTERS-Europe By Night-two songs.
The Platters was one of the most successful vocal groups of the early rock and roll era.
Their distinctive sound was a bridge between the pre-rock Tin Pan Alley tradition and the burgeoning new genre.
The act went through several personnel changes, with the most successful incarnation comprising lead tenor Tony Williams, David Lynch, Paul Robi, Herb Reed, and Zola Taylor.
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