The Platters

The Platters

Singers of some of the all-time great romantic ballads.

Founded

1952 in Los Angeles

Full Name

Date of Birth

1952 in Los Angeles

Still Alive

Date of Death

The Platters, c. 1961.
The Platters, c. 1961.

About The artist

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.

Notable Members:

Tony Williams, David Lynch, Paul Robi, Herb Reed, Zola Taylor, Sonny Turner

Did you know...

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."

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Genres from this era

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Rhythm & Blues

The big bands get smaller and grittier.

BeBop

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Jazz music moves off the dance floor.

Electric Blues

Electric Blues

The blues plugs in.

Doo-Wop

Doo-Wop

Rich vocal harmonies combined with teen romance.