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The Platters & the Doo Wop Sound

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Album Review

Have the Magic Touch revisits the Platters' '50s roots when, with Tony Williams' classy tenor as the vehicle, they were chart regulars. Old tracks such as "My Prayer," "Alone in the Night," and "Wish It Was Me" dominate, though Williams was long gone when this album came out. His replacement, Sonny Turner, appears once on Luther Dixon and Inez Foxx' "Devri," the last song on the album and, at just under two minutes, the shortest as well. If you're looking for the old Platters, they're here; if you prefer the '60s Platters with Sonny Turner, look elsewhere. The album was originally issued in 1967 on Musicor Records.


Formed: 1953 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Platters started out as a Los Angeles-based doo wop group with little identity of their own to make them stand out from the pack. They made their first records for Federal, a subsidiary of Cincinnati's King Records. These early sides don't sound anything like the better-known sides that would eventually emerge from this group, instead merely aping the current R&B trends and styles of the day. What changed their fortunes can be reduced down to one very important name: their mentor, manager,...
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