The Platters - The Great Pretender - 1956
Herb Reed, the last surviving founder of the popular 50s group the Platters, died this week after a period of failing health. Reed’s manager, Fred Balboni, says the 83-year-old musician died Monday in a Boston hospice.
Reed co-founded the Platters with Joe Jefferson, Cornell Gunther and Alex Hodge in Los Angeles in 1953. The group, which changed lineups many times, went on to produce nearly 400 recordings, sell millions of albums and perform sold-out concerts in over 100 countries. Their hits included “The Great Pretender,” “Only You,” “My Prayer," "Twilight Time" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." The Platters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in the 90s.
Reed is the only member to appear on all of the Platters recordings. He performed shows up until last year. The singer is survived by a son and three grandchildren.
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