The Platter

The Platter

When founded in 1953, the platters from Tony Williams, David Lynch, Alex Hodge and Herb Reed passed. They first had a contract with Federal Records, but after they met the manager, producers and songwriter Buck Ram, they moved to Mercury Records. Under RAM’s leadership they became one of the most famous black vocal group of their time.

Your first top ten hit was the Magic Touch. More big hits were The Great Pretender, Only You, My Prayer and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Her last number one hit was 1958 Twilight Time and her last hit parade placement among the first 10 had the platters 1960 with Harbor Lights. All these pieces were at the time as good "Schmusesongs".

The band was changed several times over time, but had their successes in the beginning when the Rock’n’Roll had not prevailed yet. Although the group broke apart in 1961, the platters are known until today as one of the most romantic doowop groups.

The platters were added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and 1998 in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

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