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The Platters

Platters

Mixed R&B Quintet.

One of the leading R&B vocal groups of the 50s, they were the first black group to be accepted as a major chart act and, for a short time, were the most successful vocal group in the world. The Platters were formed in Los Angeles in 1953 by entrepreneur/songwriter Buck Ram (21 November 1907, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 1 January 1991). Through his ownership of the Platters' name, Ram was able to control the group throughout their career, and his talent for composing and arranging enabled the Platters to make a lasting impression upon popular music. Their original line-up, Tony Williams (b. 5 April 1928, Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA, d. 14 August 1992, New York, USA; lead tenor), David Lynch (b. 1929, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, d. 2 January 1981; tenor), Alex Hodge (baritone) and Herb Reed (b. 1931, Kansas City, Missouri, USA; bass), recorded unsuccessfully in 1954, precipitating the arrival of two new members, Paul Robi (b. 1931, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 2 January 1989), who replaced Hodge, and Zola Taylor (b. 18 March 1934, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 30 April 2007, Riverside, California, USA; contralto). Signed to Mercury Records, the Platters secured their first hit in 1955 when 'Only You' reached the US Top 5, an effortlessly light performance that set the pattern for subsequent releases, including 'The Great Pretender', 'My Prayer' and 'Twilight Time', each of which reached number 1 in the US charts. 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes' (previously a hit for Paul Whiteman in 1934), which was an international number 1 hit single in 1958-59, highlighted their smooth delivery and arguably remains the group's best-loved release.

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My Prayer : TTBB : Ed Lojeski : The Platters : 08201152 : 073999336610

Ed Lojeski : My Prayer

This 1956 #1 pop hit by the Platters, with its 12/8 ballad feel, will provide a tender moment in your program. Available: SATB, TTBB, ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:45.

Arranger: Ed Lojeski Performed By: The Platters

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $1.50 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08201152


Only You (And You Alone) : TTBB : Mac Huff : Buck Ram : The Platters : Sheet Music : 08201340 : 073999878400

Mac Huff : Only You (And You Alone)

Who can forget the smooth sound of The Platters in this 1955 hit! Show off your guys' group in style with this sensational arrangement of a doo-wop classic!

Arranger: Mac Huff | Composer: Buck Ram | Lyricist: Buck Ram Performed By: The Platters

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $1.90 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08201340 | Showtrax CD Available


The Great Pretender : SATB : Roger Emerson : Buck Ram : The Platters : Sheet Music : 08200973 : 073999009736

Roger Emerson : The Great Pretender

You don't have to pretend to like the 1956 #1 hit by The Platters - Emerson's arrangement has it all! Available: SATB, TTBB, ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 3:30.

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Composer: Buck Ram | Lyricist: Buck Ram Performed By: The Platters

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.40 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08200973 | Showtrax CD Available


The Great Pretender : TTBB : Roger Emerson : Buck Ram : The Platters : Sheet Music : 08200974 : 073999009743

Roger Emerson : The Great Pretender

You don't have to pretend to like the 1956 #1 hit by The Platters - Emerson's arrangement has it all! Available: SATB, TTBB, ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 3:30.

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Composer: Buck Ram Performed By: The Platters

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $2.35 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08200974 | Showtrax CD Available

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