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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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these liner notes have little to do with the Platters, and are singing the praises of their manager Buck Ram or someone like that.
Now that is going music.
just precious. a gem of a track
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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.
THE ORIGINAL GROUP WAS THE BEST...SOME OF THE NEWER VERSIONS AR SO-SO.
Wow can't go wrong with that song.
One of the first group I can recall I am 66
Grew up dancing to these guys. Simply the best.
BIG FAN OF THIS WAY BACK MACHINE
Only u,n u alone can fill me with love,! <33333
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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!
This is the greatest group of singers ever recorded.No one can touch the fantastic Platters.
Hey Shirley, You were 11 when this song came out? I was 8, and I'm 66 now (be 67 in feb). This song came out in 1956 That makes You 68!
Ah Tony Williams what a voice. This is when music was good. I glad I got to experience it first hand and not on a computer or movie like some people have. Thank You GOD!
I was 11 years old when i fell in love with this song i am 65 now.
Young lovers in the 50's will remember their lovers lane romantics, listening to their pretty music.
i:m glad to be a part of that era so many good memory song girls etc , etc.
im so happy to be a part of that erra som,many good memorys songs , girl, etc,etc....
im happy to part of that erra so many good memerory songs girl etc;etc...
I was lucky enough to be a teenager in the fifties. The Platters were the best group of their time. I think they are amongst the best ever.
So awesome
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The talent of the Platters makes many performers of today look like amateurs. (Especially Rap).
Gee, if it isn't broken, don't fix it !!! I think it could have gone better if they had stuck together.
Tony Williams was one of the best lead singers in doo-wop.
Omg me and mama ssng this together..bu t shes laid to rest..miss u mama
Yes they are great i loved their music and still do.
beegee241
Tough act to follow!

Sonny Turner we miss the good days at The Aladdin . Oh boy did Sonny make that lounge room rock He was the best entertainmen t in Las Vegas for a good while. Jose Paz
My dad loved the Platters and would always play them on the jukebox. When ever I hear them it brings back memories of my dad.
When the Platters sang,you knew who was singing.You uderstood every word & it all made since.Their music was fantastic.If they sang any song,you know it has been sang by the greatest group ever.



Love this song!!!!
You know they made the ladies melt! You see the difference between the old timers & today is that artist today (if u can call them artist) get woman because they got money & fame. Then they straight-out degrade them calling them names...Arti s t in the old days got the ladies because of their charm & talent!
Love this group ... brings back fond memories of good days
love this and have since the 50's
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