Personalities | The Platters | Fifties | Rock

(Vocal group, 1953–present)

Manager/producer Buck Ram formed The Platters in Los Angeles in 1953 with original members Tony Williams (lead vocalist), David Lynch (tenor), Alex Hodge (baritone), replaced by Paul Robi, Herb Reed (bass) and Zola Taylor. Signed to Mercury Records, their smooth harmonies brought hits with 1955’s million-selling ‘Only You (And You Alone)’, followed two months later by a second US chart-topper, ‘The Great Pretender’. Appearing in several rock’n’roll exploitation movies, the group released ‘My Prayer’ (1956), which also topped the US chart, and 1958 brought two more US No. 1s, ‘Twilight Time’ and ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’. After 40 US hits by 1967 and numerous personnel changes, many Platters line-ups with few, if any, original members remain active.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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