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#1 in 1968
|Herbert Reed was born in Kansas City, Missouri. A
founding member of The Platters, who were known for their hits during
the 1950s and 1960s. Reed, who was the last surviving original member of
the group, which he co-founded with four other musicians in 1953, is
credited with creating The Platters' name. Reed thought of the group's
name after noticing that DJs in the 1950s called their records, "platters".
He was the only member of The Platters who sang on all of the
approximately 400 songs recorded by the group. His vocals can be heard
on The Platters' biggest hits, including Only You, Smoke Gets in Your
Eyes, The Great Pretender, Twilight Time and My Prayer. Reed toured
throughout his career. He performed as many as 200 concerts per year
until 2012, when he stopped due to declining health. He died from
complications from several ailments, including heart disease, at a
hospice in Boston on June 4, 2012, aged 83.
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