They were one of the most successful singing groups in the ’50s and the most captivating performers. C’mon, how could we not love them? The Platters had an amazing harmony that left a trademark to their listeners. Thus, let’s go ahead and listen to one of their hits.
The Breakthrough of a New Era
The Platters was one of the most successful vocal groups of the ’50s. Their distinctive sound made them unlike any other artists. Even more, the group pushed 40 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, and they were the first African-American group to be accepted as a significant chart group. Well, because of their achievements, they were also addressed as “the most successful vocal group in the world.”
Every singer’s career has ups and downs, so as The Platters. In their early years, the group had been struggling to get a big break until Buck Ram coached them. Although they failed to produce a number one song, the Platters were a profitable touring group. Surely, a job well done always pays off. In 1955, “Only You” was the breakthrough song for their career. It also got Song and Album of the Year Charting at no.10 in the pop charts; the song also topped the R&B charts.
A Million Dollar Record
“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” was first heard in 1933. Originally sung by Tamara Drasin in a musical, it was also recorded the same year by Gertrude Niesen. Through the years, the song had many renditions, but The Platters version was the most successful. By the way, they recorded it in 1958, and upon the song’s release, it became their first no. On the Billboard Hot 100. Further, it went overseas and spent 20 weeks on the UK charts. Its was the prime of their career, giving them the opportunity to release more songs and proving their critics that they can run the charts no matter what their race is.
The Platters did justice to the song and they were even praised by the lyricist Otto Harbach. On the other hand, other critics say that the song talks about a new found love that never lasts. Thus, the character in the song will just remember his lover through his memory, pretending to be happy even if he is not.