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The Great Pretender

Music by Buck Ram, Lyrics by Buck Ram

Originally Performed by The Platters

"The Great Pretender" is a popular song recorded by The Platters, with Tony Williams on lead vocals, and released as a single on November 3, 1955. The words and music were written by Buck Ram, the Platters' manager and producer who was a successful songwriter before moving into producing and management. "The Great Pretender" reached the number one position on both the R&B and pop charts in 1956. It also reached the UK charts peaking at number 5.

    Release Date: 1955


The Great Pretender

The Great Pretender

The Platters

"The Great Pretender" is a popular song recorded by The Platters, with Tony Williams on lead vocals, and released as a single on November 3, 1955. The words and music were created by Buck Ram, the Platters' manager and producer who was a successful songwriter before moving into producing and management. The Great Pretender reached the number one position on both the R&B and pop charts in 1956. In 2004, the song was voted 360th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone.



Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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The Platters : The Platters Anthology : Solo : Songbook : 073999902136 : 0881888419 : 00490213

The Platters : The Platters Anthology

A wonderful collection of 20 songs from this classic R&B group. Includes photos and biographical information.

Songlist: Enchanted, The Great Pretender, He's Mine, Helpless, I Wish, It's Raining Outside, It's Raining Outside, My Dream, My Prayer, On My Word Of Honor, One In A Million, Only Because, Only You (And You Alone), Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Twilight Time, Where, With This Ring, You'll Never, Never Know, You're Making A Mistake

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by The Platters | 4021b | Songbook | $12.95 | PVG


Sing With The Choir : The 1950's : Solo : Songbook & CD : 884088237691 : 1423437403 : 00333004

Sing With The Choir : The 1950's

This great new series lets you sing some of the most-loved songs of all time as part of a fantastic professional choir! The 9 x 12 book includes complete SATB parts, and the CD features full performances. Just open the songbook, pick your part, play the CD, and then sing along! This volume features 8 great '50s favorites.

Songlist: At The Hop, The Great Pretender, Kansas City, La Bamba, Love Me Tender, My Prayer, Rock Around The Clock, Unchained Melody

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Voicing: Solo | 8913b | Songbook & CD | $14.95


Various : The Big Book of Oldies : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999376715 : 0634032542 : 00310756

Various : The Big Book of Oldies

A whopping collection of 73 classic hits from the '50s and '60s for piano/vocal/guitar. Songs include: All My Loving - Barbara Ann - Be-Bop-A-Lula - Can't Take My Eyes off of You - Crimson and Clover - Crying - Donna - For Once in My Life - Get a Job - Good Vibrations - Great Balls of Fire - Green Onions - I Think We're Alone Now - Jailhouse Rock - Kansas City - La Bamba - Mellow Yellow - Mony, Mony - Rag Doll - Respect - Soldier Boy - Stagger Lee - Soul Man - Twist and Shout - Winchester Cathedral - Windy - You Keep Me Hangin' On - more!

Songlist: Walkin' The Dog, Ahab The Arab, Let's Get Together (Get Together), All My Loving, Hurdy Gurdy Man, Stand By Me, Jenifer Juniper, Along Comes Mary, Dizzy, Heartbreak Hotel, Crystal Blue Persuasion, Nobody But Me, Hold On I'm Comin', Soldier Boy, Ya Ya, Stormy, Somebody To Love, Elenore, Respect, Sock It To Me Baby, Donna, Barbara Ann, Be-Bop-A-Lula, Be True To Your School, For Once In My Life, Book Of Love, La Bamba, California Sun, I Thank You, Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 20297b | Songbook | $19.95 | PVG


Individual Folios

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The Great Pretender : SATB : Roger Emerson : Buck Ram : The Platters : Songbook : 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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