Saturday, February 16, 2008

Musical Mazatlan

Anyone out there remember the Platters, the '50's singing sensation? Well, the latest group of the same name performed on Friday, February 15th at the Angela Peralta Teatro. The audience was filled with fans of the original group, and altho the audience was a bit more sedate these days, it obviously brought back memories to more than a few people. Want to know some significant facts about the original group? Read on! The Platters were...

The biggest-selling vocal group of their era,
Considered the ultimate in Fifties "make-out music",
Helped bring pop vocal into the rock and roll era,
Lead singer Tony Williams is one of pop's all-time great tenors,
First African-American group to hit Number One in the rock era,
Were the first black group to beat out a white group's rendition of their song on the pop charts, and
Considered the classiest of pop acts, then and now

23 comments:

oldmanlincoln said...

Oh yes, I remember the Platters. And their music. There was a lot of music that was different in those days. One song I liked but didn't like was "Cry" by Johnny Ray.

Jilly said...

Oh Kate, thanks for posting this. I adore the Platters and sometimes play one of their albums.

'Only You' - I used to love that. Did they play it? Sure they did as I think it was one of their hits.

Sure you had a great night. Wish I'd been there too.

Dan said...

Looks like great fun. I like the term "make-out" music!

Steve Buser said...

Lucky you. I can hear those songs now "Only You and You Alone", "Smoke Gets in My Eyes", "The Great Pretender."

Excuse me while I get up and sing a few bars.

--steve buser
New Orleans Daily Photo

edwin s said...

I know the Platters. Grew up listening to my mum and dad playing their records.

I think this is the same group that came to KL last year. It was a sold-out show. They travel everywhere, don't they? Through time and space.

Sailor Girl said...

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I've warned one of the administrators of CDPB and asked him to put an announcement to all our fellow bloggers.

Love, from Lisbon (grey and windy today)

LeenaM said...

Only You,Twilight Time,Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - yes, I remember, the adolescence and very strong feelings :)
Have a sunny, good weekend!

marley said...

Looks like a great nights entertainment, and I liked the facts too!

Southern Heart said...

How fun...and what great music! I love the photos that you shared with us, too.

Jazzy said...

must have been enjoyable evening Kate.
have a great weekend!

GMG said...

Hey, how can someone remember something that happened in the 50s last century? No one here is that old... On...ly youuuuu... ;))
Have a great weekend!
Blogtrotter

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

I didn't know they were still around! Glad they are, though. :)

Ming the Merciless said...

I love the Motown sound of the 60s and 70s.

Sounds like a great night at Mazatlan.

Nikon said...

LOL, who were the Platters :-)

Pierre said...

Hi Kate, I'm just rediscovering your sunny blog... Lucky you to be able to flee from winter every year to spent some month in this welcoming country! Your post woke up memories for many of us, and made me listen the Platters on Deezer (what I am doing while posting this comment). For me the Platters are associated to American Graffiti, that made me dream so much of the USA, as an european teenager!

Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

I was a baby but when teenager I looked for their records was difficult to finde them because out of fashion but a friend girl was able. So I received that LP at my birthday and we played all the time "Only you", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", "The Great Pretender", "My prayer", "Twilight Time".... And she came my girlfriend.

Helen said...

Yes, The Platters are awesome. Twilight Time was my favorite song by them.

Nice collage!

Dusty Lens said...

Living it up in Mazalan! The Platers were a bit before my time, but I do enjoy their music.

Olivier said...

j'adore les Platters, cela me rappelle de belle soirée de danse (meme si je danse tres mal).

I love the Platters, it reminds me of beautiful evening dance (even if I dance very badly).

sam said...

oh what a blast from the past! We still have a "best of the Platters" CD! In fact, good idea, i think I'll put it on now!

Peter said...

You don't have to be born in the 40's to know "Only You", "Great Pretender"... The Platters are definitely worth to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Kim said...

Great shots of the band! We used to cover The Great Pretender in a band I was in. Great fun, and I bet you enjoyed the show!
-Kim
Seattle Daily Photo

zentmrs said...

It really looks like you are enjoying Mazatlan Kate!