In 1952-53, bass singer Herb Reed, vocalists Joe JeffersonAlex Hodge, and Cornell Gunter (who later formed The Coasters) got together in Los Angeles, California, to sing on the corner under the lamplight, a typical past time back in the day. Reed named the quartet “The Platters” after the turntable on the phonograph used to play vinyl records. 

During 1954-55, Jefferson, Hodge, and Gunter left the group, leaving Reed as the only original  group member. Tony Williams joined Paul Robi and David Lynch. In an early breakthrough of  the gender divide, 15-year-old Zola Taylor was added into the all-male mix, making The  Platters one of the first groups to make such a bold move. This line-up was signed to Mercury  Records by their manager Buck Ram, leading the way for The Platter’s breakout debut on the  national music charts with Only You (And You Alone)

Considered the most romantic of all the early rock & roll groups (that is, the ultimate in “make out music”), The Platters produced hit after hit. In a seemingly effortless manner, The Platters achieved domestic and international chart success with multiple tracks, including The Great  PretenderMy PrayerTwilight TimeSmoke Gets In Your EyesHarbor LightsEbb Tide,  Red Sails in the Sunset, and many more. This success established The Platters as the classiest,  groundbreaking vocal group of the early rock & roll era. 

Tony Williams stopped making appearances and performing on-stage with The Platters in 1959 to pursue a solo career after being arrested with Robi and Lynch for violating the state’s “Jim  Crow race laws” in Ohio. The three had their 18 and 19-year-old (the legal age back then was 21) “underage white girlfriends” in their hotel rooms after an appearance in the Buckeye state. 

Williams was replaced “on-the-road” by vocalist Sonny Turner. Ram and Mercury Records decided to move The Platters to Europe as a result of the ensuing scandal. In what appears to be an act of poetic justice, The Platters’ relocation to Europe enabled them to become one of the first African-American vocal groups to become global superstars. 

No longer touring with the vocal group, Williams continued to record with Reed, Robi, Lynch,  and Taylor until 1963. Turner would later record lead vocals on the Musicor Label during The  Platters measured resurgence with moderate hits such as Love You 1000 Times and With This  Ring during the “Beach Music” years. Soon after, Sandra Dawn replaced Taylor, and Nate  Nelson replaced Robi.  

By 1970, Turner left the group. Reed fired manager Ram and continued performing as The  Platters or Herb Reed and The Platters, with myriad vocalists cycling through the vocal group over the years. 

The rich vocal and historical tradition of The Platters is unmistakable, making its timeless  melodies relevant to fans worldwide. The Platters vocal evolution continues today through the 

Your Dreams are Our Goals 

crisp, vocal stylings of members Kingsley “Cousin Brian” McIntosh, “the Professor” Lance  Bernard BryantLeslie “TEEF” Moné, and Omar “Scooby” Ross. They perform timeless  hits and new music accompanied by Music Director Michael Larson.  

The music that comprises the foundation of this vocal powerhouse is as relevant and unwavering  today as it was in its inception. The classic hit Twilight Time plays a significant role in the Marvel Studios’ – Disney+ much-anticipated series WandaVision, effectively inaugurating The  Platters as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This 2020 placement led to The Platters  recording a new video ( and single available  on your favorite music digital music store. 

In December of 2019, Twilight Time played a prominent part in the Sony PlayStation Now® radio, TV, and online advertising campaign. Both motion placements serve as an introduction of  The Platters to younger generations of music consumers.  

America’s Rock & Roll, Vocal, and Grammy® Halls of Fame vocal groups timeless music  appear on many classic and contemporary major motion pictures and television soundtracks. For  example, the powerhouse ballad, My Prayer, was used in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, leading to its nomination for the coveted Oscar® as part of the motion pictures soundtrack. On  television, The Great Pretender prominently appears in a pivotal scene on Disney® Television’s  Golden Globe®, Emmy Award® hit drama “Empire.” 

The Platters continue to open the hearts and minds of new generations of music lovers and are  currently recording their first EP/LP in more than 50 years featuring new music scheduled for  release in late 2021!  

There’s something for everyone in their uplifting stage show that takes the audience back in time  and into the future.