In 1955, The Platters (Herb Reed, David Lynch, Paul Robi, Zola Taylor and Tony Williams) debut single, “Only You (and You Alone),” launched the vocal group on the world stage. The romantic ballad became an instant hit with the public and would eventually reach number five on the Pop charts. The Platters’ follow-up single, “The Great Pretender,” propelled the group to the number one position on the pop charts, providing the launch pad for their meteoric rise as crossover artists. Both tracks have since been declared “songs of the 21st century” by the Grammy Music Hall of Fame.
In keeping with the founder’s wishes, The Platters continue to evolve and entertain music fans of all ages worldwide. With a solid foundation of multiple hit songs under their belts, thanks to the founding members, The Platters today are Wayne Miller, Adele Galinda “DD”, Grey Martin, Lance Bernard Bryant and Kenny Williams – all seasoned, veteran performers of film, stage and music from Broadway to Hollywood – and continue to captivate audiences under the baton of musical director Michael Larson.
The Platters timeless hits include: Only You • Magic Touch • My Prayer Heaven on Earth • I’m Sorry • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes Harbor Lights • Red Sails in the Sunset • I’ll Never Smile Again • You’ll Never Know • Twilight Time
CORNELL GUNTER’S COASTERS
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of Cornell Gunter’s Coasters. Over the years, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters have continually built up a new market for their approach to 1950s music.
Gunter believed that The Coasters and all of the musical groups from that era could be reborn and thrive as live performing groups. Ultimately he led the way to what was soon to become known as “Classic Rock”. All that was needed was to take the original music and present it in a way that gave each group a modern theatrical approach to their presentation. More importantly, he developed an approach to 1950s music that lent itself to constant innovation.
In the years since Gunter passed away, the group members who had been with him for many decades, and the original management team who had been the creative force behind the group, carry on by incorporating his genius into the show. It is under the tutelage and guidance of this multi-decade relationship that the group continues to entertain today.
The Coasters’ enduring hits include: Charlie Brown • Along Came Jones • Poison Ivy • Love Potion #9 • Love Potion #10 • Little Egypt Young Blood • Yakety Yak • Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart • Searchin’ • Smokey Joe’s Café