The Platters are a vocal group who first formed in Los Angeles in 1952. The original line-up was Herb Reed, brothers Alex and Gaynel Hodge, Cornell Gunter and Joe Jefferson. Gunter left in 1953 and was replaced by Tony Williams on lead vocals. They then released two singles that were not highly successful. The band’s manager Ralph Bass then asked his friend Buck Ram who was a music entrepreneur to coach the band in the hope of finding more success. Ram added female vocalist Zola Taylor to the group and replaced Alex Hodge with Paul Robi. They recorded eight singles

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