Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)

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Stories Behind the Music -- R&B Goes Mainstream, The Platters

I was only three years old when this group came on the national scene. However, even now, I really like their music. I think that the Platters have stood the test of time way better than many of their more modern contemporaries.

The Ink Spots and the Mills Brothers (they were still putting out hits when I got into radio in the late 1960's) smoothed the way for the Platters. But the Platters were the first African-American combo of the early rhythm and blues years to achieve mainstream success on the pop charts with a song that was not either a novelty or a jump-blues number.

While not as well known as their later work, the song that turned the Platters into a nationally acclaimed act was Only You (And You Alone) from July 1955.

 That song made it to #5 in the USA and #18 in the UK before it was done climbing the charts. You gotta love this classy group. The Platters had twenty-three hits in the USA. My favorite of that run of twenty-three is the classic below.

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 Steven L. Smith

Bellingham WA Home Inspections

Steven L. Smith

If you enjoy nostalgia and music of yesteryear, click on Elvis' gold record to visit This Day In History. To explore The Stories Behind The Music blog posts click on the electric guitar. 

 

        

 

 

 

 

Comment balloon 8 commentsSteven L. Smith • October 13 2008 09:41AM
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