The Platters

The PLATTERS - Buck Ram made memorable changes by adding lead Tony Williams and female vocalist Zola Taylor with Herb Reed, David Lynch and Alex Hodge. First song of note in 1955 was Only You, a #1 R&B hit. One of the few groups to incorporate a female singer. Each original member was given 20% ownership by Buck Ram. Very unusual back in the day. First black group to have a #1 single on the Pop Charts and first black group to out-chart a cover by a white group. After unsuccessfully trying to cover Only You, most white groups figured it a losing proposition covering The Platters. Just too darn good.