by Robert Wilkinson
Today would have been the 86th birthday of a voice that made ten thousand girls melt!
Tony Williams (April 5, 1928 – August 14, 1992) was the lead vocalist of the Platters from 1953 to 1960, and was THE voice on all the major hits. The Platters were the first rock and roll group to have a Top Ten album in America and were one of the seminal vocal groups in pop music in the 50s, bridging the doo-wop, crooner, and rock and roll eras.
For your enjoyment, the original Platters and a few songs from a different world.
From 1955, a live performance by the original Platters of “The Great Pretender and Only You”
Last year, I found a clip from the Ed Sullivan Show in March 1959 of our next performance, but this year it’s nowhere to be found. But I did find this lip-synched video clip of their huge hit “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”
The studio version of their 1956 number one hit “My Prayer”
From Nov 1956, the studio version of “One in a Million”
From the late 50s, a live television performance of “He’s Mine”
From 1958, a live performance of their number 1 smash hit “Twilight Time”
Also from 1958, “Oh Promise Me”
From 1959 or 1960, a live performance of “Remember When”
From 1959, the studio version of their #12 hit, “Enchanted”
One of his last with the Platters, here’s Tony belting out “Orchids in the Moonlight”
From January 1960, the studio version of their top 10 hit “Harbor Lights”
For our finale today, the awesome voice of Tony in the studio version of “The Magic Touch”
RIP Tony. You were the music of my childhood, an era of sweet music, great melodies, and magical harmonies. I’m sure the last half of the 20th century blew your mind. Thanks for the memories.
© Copyright 2014 Robert Wilkinson