The Platters in 1956

The Great Pretender
#1 in 1956


The Platters were formed in 1953 by Herb Reed, members included Joe Jefferson, Cornell Gunther and Alex Hodge. A few months later David Lynch & Tony Williams replaced Joe and Cornell. In 1954 they added Zola Taylor (Mrs. Frankie Lymon). In August 1954 Paul Robi replaced Alex. The Great Pretender was one of the featured songs from the movie "Rock around the Clock" (1956) with Bill Haley & theComets, The Platters, and Alan Freed. "The Platters" recorded just under 400 songs, sold well over 89 Million records, performed in over 91 countries, and received over two hundred and thirty awards from all over the world. "The Platters" have appeared in twenty-seven movies, some you may remember: "Rock Around The Clock," "The Girl Can't Help It" (Jane Mansfield,) "Europe By Night," "Girls Town" (Paul Anka,) "Carnival Rock," and twenty-two more in Mexico, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, and Israel. "The Platters" were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
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