The Great Pretender 45 by The Platters

December 17, 2012

The Platters were a connector between the group sound og the pre-rock and roll era andthe do-wop style of the rock era. They would place 40 songs on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart, 1955-1967 with four reaching number one.

The Platters were formed in 1953 by Tony Williams (lead vocal), David Lynch (tenor), Paul Robi (baritone), Herb Reed (bass), and Zola Taylor (female voclaist).

“The Great Pretender” was their first chart topper and remains one of the definitive songs of the 1950s rock and roll era. The group harmonies were impeccable and Tony Williams had one of the great voices of the 1950s. It reached number one on three of the four BILLBOARD Singles Chart. It only missed on the Best Sellers In Store Chart where it stalled at number two.

Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart – 2/28/56 – 2 Weeks at number one.
Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart – 2/25/56 – 1 week at number one.
Billboard Hot 100 Chart – 2/25/56 – 2 weeks at number one.

The Platters were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990. Today they are a number of Platters groups touring.