The Platters bridged the gap from traditional music stylings of artists like Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole and the R&B grooves to follow. With romantic classics such as "Only You" and "The Great Pretender," The Platters became the first Black act of the era to achieve pop success.
Tony Williams, David Lynch, Paul Robi, Herb Reed, Zola Taylor, Sonny Turner
Litigation involving the Platters trademark proliferated for years, resulting in a plethora of groups claiming to be the Platters. According to music researcher Cord Cosler, "at one time, there were almost 200 groups of 'Platters' playing around the world."
They recorded 13 Billboard top-30 hits.
The big bands get smaller and grittier.
Jazz music moves off the dance floor.
The blues plugs in.
Rich vocal harmonies combined with teen romance.