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The Platters

The Platters started out as a Los Angeles-based doo wop group with little identity of their own to make them stand out from the pack. They made their first records for Federal, a subsidiary of Cincinnati's King Records. These early sides don't sound anything like the better-known sides that would eventually emerge from this group, instead merely aping the current R&B trends and styles of the day. What changed their fortunes can be reduced down to one very important name: their mentor, manager, producer, songwriter, and vocal coach, Buck Ram. Ram took what many would say were a run-of-the-mill R&B doo wop vocal group and turned them into stars and one of the most enduring and lucrative groups of all time. By 1954, Ram was already running a talent agency in Los Angeles, writing and arranging for publisher Mills Music, managing the Three Suns -- a pop group with some success -- and working with his protégés, the Penguins. The Platters seemed like a good addition to his stable.

After getting them out of their Federal contract, Ram placed them with the burgeoning national independent label Mercury Records (at the same time he brought over the Penguins following their success with "Earth Angel"), automatically getting them into pop markets through the label's distribution contacts alone. Then Ram started honing in on the group's strengths and weaknesses. The first thing he did was put the lead vocal status squarely on the shoulders of lead tenor Tony Williams. Williams' emoting power was turned up full blast with the group (now augmented with Zola Taylor from Shirley Gunter & the Queens) working as very well-structured vocal support framing his every note. With Ram's pop songwriting classics as their musical palette, the group quickly became a pop and R&B success, eventually earning the distinction of being the first black act of the era to top the pop charts. Considered the most romantic of all the doo wop groups (that is, the ultimate in "make out music"), hit after hit came tumbling forth in a seemingly effortless manner: "Only You," "The Great Pretender," "My Prayer," "Twilight Time," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "Harbor Lights," all of them establishing the Platters as the classiest of all.

Williams struck out on his own in 1961 and, by the decade's end, the group had disbanded with various members starting up their own version of the Platters. This bit of franchising now extends into the present day, with an estimated 125 sanctioned versions of "the original Platters" out on the oldies show circuit. ~ Cub Koda, Rovi
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Great signing from wonderful era when America was more innocent! Love many of The Platters songs
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MERAVIGLIOSI ! ! ! ! GRAZIE !
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LIKE !!!!!!!!!!!! ! !
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What a song to dance to - The Great Pretender!
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dragonlady60 8 8
The platters...c l a s s y goup...smoke s gets in ur eyes!"!
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The. Great. Pretender. That. My. Song
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OLDIES BUT GOODIES BRUH!!
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comellorj
wish we could go back to the50's. greatest songs.
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comellorj
they are the greatest ever.
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Pac man
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This song is so lovely
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dragonlady60 8 8
Smoke gets in your eyes...the best
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I took my wonderful wife Sandy, to see The PLATTERS in a little place in Houston...My wife is a little younger than I am, but she loved The PLATTERS and after their concert she told me that it felt like they were singing just to her...! That is one of the greatest compliment I think you can give to A group like The PLATTERS, what do you think...?
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I love the oldes wish things were just like back in the day, things have changed too much and I hate it should have been born in the 50s!! :)
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BENDICIONES ,.-´+´-.,,BE N I T O BARRETO JIMENEZ ,.-´+´-., RECORDANDO AQUELLOS AYERES ,.-´+´-., CALLE 28 Y MAPLE STREET ,.-´+´-., WEST LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA ,.-´+´-., LOS DUKES DE VWEST SIDE ,.-´+´-., GRACIAS ,.-´+´-.,
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LIKE ! ! !
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why do things half to change. loved their early days so much
with smoke gets in your eyes, great pretender etc
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The Platters Are So Great!!
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Goodsongtohe a r d a l l d a y n n i g h t t
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jblackbass
great song
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Only You.. ❤
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ps114canarsi e
THE BEST!
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Love The Platters!
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bobchandler3 3
What can you say?? The greatest slow dance and make out group of all time. Tony Williams lead singer - The most beautiful voice ever. RMC
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I have loved form the very first time I heard them!
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How about Jerry butler
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bluecma1955
thanx Pandora, you take me back to my youth!
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love pandora thanks for the memories
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don't forget sam cooke drifters platters diana ross &supremes riteous brothers
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iI agree with you cross 99 1000% rap aint music at all all the old black groups male and female were great still should be recordind some good music must have not rubbed offi know these groups listened to the motown sounds
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some of the best memories and music of our lives i'm 64 heard all of the good old music bands makes think of good times and the girls lol nothing better.
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With This Ring Is a great one .love this music
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Such a beautiful song,these songs were the perfect and innocent love songs...so classy and beautiful
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great song still listen.
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Stumped old people
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Only You, sempre bella !
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What smooth voices.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in the next 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in BIG letters this is so scary cud it actually works
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these liner notes have little to do with the Platters, and are singing the praises of their manager Buck Ram or someone like that.
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just precious. a gem of a track
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rongardino
My Prayer was always my growing up fav. Still is and I play music. Doesn't get any better than the original Platters,eve r y song.
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THE ORIGINAL GROUP WAS THE BEST...SOME OF THE NEWER VERSIONS AR SO-SO.
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Wow can't go wrong with that song.
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One of the first group I can recall I am 66
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ps114canarsi e
Grew up dancing to these guys. Simply the best.
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BIG FAN OF THIS WAY BACK MACHINE
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Only u,n u alone can fill me with love,! <33333
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(:
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jerryhirschr d e y e p h o t o
Jerry H..One the Best balanced Groups of all times. Great Voices and Blending..En j o y e d way back then and still enjoy Them Timeless!
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This is the greatest group of singers ever recorded.No one can touch the fantastic Platters.
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