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Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of the Platters, the most successful vocal group in rock 'n' roll history, died Monday in a Boston area hospice after a long illness. He was 83. Reed, who gave the group its name when it launched in Los Angeles in 1953, sang bass on Platters' classics "Twilight Time," "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," "Only You" and "My Prayer," all of which hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts. He toured with his own Platters group until last year, and said he was the only person to have sung on all of the group's.
The Platters are an American vocal group formed in 1952. They were one of the most successful vocal groups of the early rock and roll era. Their distinctive sound was a bridge between the pre-rock Tin Pan Alley tradition and the burgeoning new genre. The act went through several personnel changes, with the most successful incarnation comprising lead tenor Tony Williams, David Lynch, Paul Robi, Herb Reed, and Zola Taylor
The Platters had many singers over the years, but only Herb Reed was on every song that they ever recorded. Their hits included "The Great Pretender," "My Prayer," "Twilight Time" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. He was doing a couple hundred shows a year until last year. The last of the original Platters, the 83-year-old Reed died at a hospice near Boston. Ron Flatter, FOX News Radio Guns N’ Roses Bassist Duff McKagan Releas.
BOSTON - Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of 1950s vocal group the Platters who sang on hits like Only You and The Great Pretender, has died. Reed died on Monday in a Boston area hospice after a period of declining health that included chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, manager Fred Balboni said. Reed was a Kansas City, M. native who founded the Platters in Los Angeles in 1953.
Herb Reed, an original member of the Platters, one of the first pop groups to break the color barrier in the 1950s, and the last surviving member who sang on the group’s crossover hits like Only You, The Great Pretender and a soaring street-corner version of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, died on Monday in Boston. The cause was lung disease, said his manager, Fred Balboni. Mr. Reed became the group’s most enduring presence. As original members were replaced, he remained, singing bass on all of the 400 recordings the group made during its peak years, including four that reached No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart: The Great Pretender (1955), My Prayer (1956), Twilight Time (1958) and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (1958). He continued performing until 2010, and a year later he won a court battle over the rights to the Platters name.
Herb Reed, the last of the founding members of 1950s R&B crooners The Platters, known for hits such as "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "Twilight Time," has died at the age of 8. As the last surviving member of the original group, that made the singer the sole heir to the group’s legacy - shutting out many great pretenders in the process. It’s not right to have someone steal your name. Reed’s early struggles informed his later actions. When other members of the group received their first big royalty checks, they splurged on cars and nights out; Reed bought a house in Los Angeles. I never wanted to assume we’d keep getting checks, he told his biographer earlier this year. The Platters, praised for their smooth, stylized renditions of pop standards, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
Reed came up with the group's name after a '50s disc jockey who called records platters, and saw numerous members before signing their first major recording contract in 1955. The most successful incarnation of the group consisted of Reed, lead tenor Tony Williams, David Lynch, Paul Robi, and Zola Taylor. The group had 40 charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1995 and 1967, including "The Great Pretender," "Twilight Time," and "I'll Never Smile Again," among many more . On Twitter, fans of Reed are mourning the singer following the news of his death. Herb Reed, last original member of The Platters, has died at age 83," wrote The Loon. RIP & thank you for the marvelous music. Jet Magazine posted, "Our condolences to the family of the Platters' Herb Reed, who died Monday.