Label: Mercury - 522 134-2,Une Musique - 522 134-2 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: France • Genre: Funk / Soul, Pop • Style: Rhythm & Blues, Vocal
Their sound Where - The Platters - Story unique, marked by lead singer Tony Williams ' powerful vocals and the feminine touch of singer Zola Taylor. Although competing versions of the Platters confused the public for many years, original founding member Herb Reed eventually solidified his rights to Where - The Platters - Story name and the Where - The Platters - Story continued recording and performing in the s.
The Platters started out in as a Los Angeles-based doo wop group who made a few records for Federal, a subsidiary Must Be The Music (Panic Mix) - Shyrelle - Must Be The Music (Remix) Cincinnati's King Records. What changed their fortunes boils down to one very important name: their mentor, manager, producer, songwriter, and vocal coach, Buck Ram.
Ram took a standard doo wop vocal group and turned them into stars -- one of the most enduring and lucrative groups of all time. 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 Acidic Brutality - Luna-C - The Luna-C Project 2 put the lead-vocal status squarely on the shoulders of lead tenor Tony Williams.
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.
InWilliams struck out on his own. By the decade's end, the group had disbanded, with various members starting up their own version of the Platters. Decades of competing versions ensued, until original member Herb Reed finally won a series of court cases.
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