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First black vocal group to become major stars
on 1 March 2005
In the fifties, it was hard for black singers to sell music to white record buyers, but the Platters managed to do just that, thus helping to blaze the trail for the many others that followed. Some of their songs were covers of songs from the thirties and forties, suitably updated for the fifties. Some people mistakenly think of songs such as Smoke gets in your eyes and Harbor lights (both dating from the thirties) as being Platters originals - I was among them for many years.
The Platters were much more successful in America than in Britain, but the few UK hits that they had have left a lasting impression. The great pretender (a 1987 top five UK hit for Freddie Mercury), Smoke gets in your eyes (a 1974 top twenty UK hit for Bryan Ferry) and Only you (a minor hit for several artists down the years) have all charted for other artists since the Platters charted with them in the fifties.
Although this is the first of two volumes, it contains all of their most famous recordings, whether they are originals or covers. Apart from those already mentioned, their other British hits include Twilight time, My praer, You'll never never know, I'm sorry and Remember when. The only one not here is It isn't right - it was the flip side of You'll never never know and you can find it on volume 2.
If you just want a single CD containing their important tracks, this will do. If you enjoy it enough, you can always buy volume 2 later.