Bands: The Platters

The PlattersThe Platters (formed in Los Angeles in 1953 and disbanded in the late 1960s) was an American musical group that performed rhythm and blues and doo wop. It was composed of five singers (four men and one woman).

The Platters began their career in LA, CA., mainly as a doo wop group, albeit with not a very defined trademark, which prevented them from differentiating themselves from other , similar, bands. Their first recordings were released by a subsidiary label of King Records (Cincinnati). The first recordings were very different from the later years and the subsequent material which would later launch them to stardom. The lucky strike for The Platters is said to have been the moment they met their mentor, manager, producer, writer and vocal teacher, Buck Ram. Ram turned what was a conventional vocal group of R & B and doo wop into one of the most enduring and lucrative musical groups of all time, making its members internationally acclaimed pop stars. By 1954, Ram had opened a talent scouting agency in Los Angeles and he was writing and arranging music for Mills Music records, directing the career of The Three Suns (a fairly successful pop group) and working with The Penguins. So, it seems like, to Buck Ram, The Platters seemed like a good addition to this long list of artistic endeavors.

Buck Ram signed the Platters with the emerging. independent national label; Mercury Records, automatically placing them in the pop market through exclusive distribution deals. Then, Ram made Tony Williams, whose voice was close to that of a tenor, the lead singer of the band. The emotional power of Williams was completed with a group (at that time increased by grace of Zola Taylor) who worked wrapping each of the music notes with a well structured voice support. Songs like “The Great Pretender”, “Only You”, “My prayer”, “Smoke gets in your eyes” or Twilight Time” will go on to remain in the memories and among the most popular classic pop songs worldwide for ever.

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