ARTIST: The Platters
TITLE: The Best of the Platters (20th Century Masters – The Millennium Series)
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Top 10: Only You (and You Alone) (#5 US, #1 R&B, #5 UK), The Great Pretender (#1 US, #1 R&B, #5 UK), (You’ve Got) The Magic Touch (#4 US, #4 R&B), My Prayer (#1 US, #1 R&B, #4 UK), You’ll Never Know (#11 US, #9 R&B, #23 UK), Twilight Time (#1 US, #1 R&B, #3 UK), Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (#1 US, #3 R&B), #1 UK), Enchanted (#12 US, #9 R&B), Harbor Lights (#8 US, #15 R&B, #11 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: That’s nine of the 11 cuts.
LINEUP: Tony Williams, Herb Reed, Paul Robi, Zola Taylor, David Lynch
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A vocal group that recorded some timeless songs that bridged the gap between old style pop and new R&B and soul.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Platters were amongst the most popular world-wide groups in the 50’s. They made the R&B and Top 10 charts with regularity, but were also from the old style Tin Pan Alley groups. That made them commercially viable and definitely inspired many soul and doo-wop singers and groups. The lead on almost all of these songs, Tony Williams, has a voice that to this day inspires.
There are several collections around, but I wanted to be careful about re-recordings. There’s one with 50 tracks, which seems a bit too much except for zealots, so I chose this one that may seem sparse at 11 tracks, but nine of the 11 made the Top 10 in either the pop or R&B charts, so these are the best of their best.
Everyone knows most of these songs thanks to their usage in ads, movies and other pop culture, so there are no mysteries here. Put this on, put on some candles, and well…you know…
NOTES & MINUTIAE: After these songs hit, they had some personnel changes and a legal issue with the band name after 1970. It was a total mess. That’s why I’m wary of many of the collections.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A: It’s a small collection, but important.