1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
The Platters Tony Williams, lead vocalist, (b.1928), David Lynch, tenor, (b.1929) Paul Robi, baritone, (b.1931), Herb Reed, bass, (b.1931), Zola Taylor, contralto, (b.1938)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: The Great Pretender 1955
They also had hits with Only You (And You Alone) in 1955, The Magic Touch and My Prayer in 1956, and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes in 1958.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1955 - 1967 Record Label: Mercury
This successful Los Angeles R&B quintet, with rich sweet tenor Tony Williams, was managed by talent agent Buck Ram who made two changes to the original quartet: he replaced Alex Hodge with Paul Robi and he added a female singer, seventeen-year-old Zola Taylor. Buck Ram took a song that he had written, Only You, had the revised quintet record it, and it rose to the top-ten in 1955. They followed with another Buck Ram song, The Great Pretender. It was their first #1 record. The 1956 film ‘Rock Around The Clock,’ included performances by the Platters of both Only You and The Great Pretender. That same year they reached the top-ten again with The Magic Touch. They went on to record 33 pop hits. By the early sixties most original members of The Platters had left the group.