The Platters were formed in 1953. Their most famous line-up consisted of Tony Williams, Paul Robi, Herb Reed, David Lynch, and Zola Taylor. They were one of the most successful vocal groups of the rock and roll era placing 40 singles on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart.
Their sound bridged the gap between the early 1950s and the rock era. They were a classic vocal group. They may have been black but their sound resonated with the mainstream white audiance.
“My Prayer” was a number two hit for Glenn Miller in 1939. There version was released during the summer of 1956 and topped all four BILLBOAED Singles Charts in addition to the Rhythm & Blues Chart.
Best Sellers In Stores Chart – 7/4/56 – 2 weeks at number one
Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart – 7/18/56 – 3 weeks at number one.
Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart – 7/25/56 = 1 week at number one.
Hot 100 Chart – 7/18/56 – 4 weeks at number one.
Tony Williams lead vocal just soared over the harmonies. It was their second of four number one hits.