You can write on book on the hits of The Platters. The group from Los Angeles, California included: Tony Williams-lead, David Lynch, Paul Robi, Herb Reed and Zola Taylor. Their first big hit record is the classic…ONLY YOU (AND YOU ALONE) on Mercury Records (70633). The single record became a #1 R&B hit and a #5 Pop hit.
Any artist or group would be thrilled to have one cross-over hit that became a Top 10 hit…but The Platters were not just any group…they charted 3 hit single records that became not just Top 10 hits, but #1 hits…yes 3 hit singles that became #1 Pop and R&B hits…here they are.
1—THE GREAT PRETENDER…(Mercury 70753) Charting in December of 1955…and selling over 1 million records.
2—MY PRAYER…(Mercury 70819) Charting in July of 1956…it also sold over 1 million copies.
3—TWILIGHT TIME…(Mercury 71289) Charting in April of 1958 and it also became a million-seller.
The Platters were and still remain one of the very best vocal groups from the rock era...R&B or Pop…The Platters could do it all…On Mercury Records the original group charted 17 R&B single records and 38 Billboard Pop Hits. The Platters are the #1 vocal group of the 1950’s.
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Till the next time—Joe