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The Platters

Tony Williams and The Platters (members Tony Williams, David Lynch, Alex Hodge and Herb Reed, manager and song writer of group Buck Ram)

Federal 12153 - Give Thanks / Hey Now - 1953

Shirley Gunter & "The Queens" (Shirley Gunter is sister of Cornell Gunter of The Flairs and Coasters fame)

Flair 1020 - Send Him Back / Since I Fell For You - 1953

Zola Taylor (born Zola Mae Taylor on 18-March-1938 in Los Angeles, California --- died 30-April-2007 in Riverside, California --- cause: complications from pneumonia)

RPM 405 - Make Love To Me / Oh My Dear - 1954

The Platters

Federal 12164 - I'll Cry When You're Gone / I Need You All The Time – 1954
Federal 12181 - Roses Of Picardy / Beer Barrel Polka – 1954
Federal 12188 - Tell The World / Love All Night – 1954
Federal 12198 - Voo-Vee-Ah-Bee / Shake It Up Mambo - 1954

Shirley Gunter & "The Queens" (members Shirley Gunter, Lula Bea Kinney, Lula Mae Suggs and Zola Taylor)

Flair 1027 - Found Some Good Lovin' / Strange Romance – 1954
Flair 1050 - Oop Shoop / It's You – 1955
Flair 1060 - You're Mine / Why – 1955
Flair 1065 - What Difference Does It Make / Baby I Love You So – 1955
Flair 1070 - That's The Way I Like It / Gimme, Gimme, Gimme – 1955

The Platters

Federal 12204 - Maggie Doesn't Work Here Anymore / Take Me Back, Take Me Back - 1955

Linda Hayes and The Platters (Linda Hayes is actually Bertha Williams from R-I-H Records)

King 4773 - Please Have Mercy / Oochi Pachie - 1955 (Zola Taylor joins group around this time also Alex Hodge leaves and Paul Robi joins)

The Platters
 
Mercury 70633 - Only You (And You Alone) / Bark, Battle And Ball - 1955 (both tracks recorded 26-April-1955)  

Mercury 70753 - The Great Pretender* / I'm Just A Dancing Partner - 1955 *also recorded in 1961 by Kathy Young on Indigo 137 and in 1962 by Carol Fran on Lyric 1006
Federal 12244 - Only You (And You Alone) / You Made Me Cry – 1955
Federal 12250 - Tell The World / I Need You All The Time – 1956
Mercury 70819 - (You've Got) The Magic Touch / Winner Take All – 1956
Mercury 70893 - My Prayer / Heaven On Earth – 1956
Mercury 70948 - You'll Never Know / It Isn't Right – 1956
Federal 12271 - Give Thanks / I Need You All The Time – 1956
Mercury 71011 - One In A Million / On My Word Of Honor – 1956
Mercury 71032 - I'm Sorry / He's Mine – 1957
Mercury 71093 - My Dream* / I Wanna** - 1957 *recorded 19-February-1957.    **recorded 26-April-1955.

Tony Williams

Mercury 71158 - Let's Start All Over Again* / When You Return - 1957 *also recorded by The Feathers as "Standing Right There" in 1955 on Aladdin 3277.

The Metrotones (members Charles "Sonny" Turner (aka Sonny Dinks), Melvin Smith, James Frierson, Leuvenia Eaton and Leonard Veal (of Hesitations fame)).

Reserve 114 - More And More / ? - 1957 (same number also used for a Tracey Twins release)
Reserve 116 - Please Come Back / Skitter Skatter - 1957

The Platters

Mercury 71184 - Only Because / The Mystery Of You - 1957 (both tracks recorded 6-March-1957)
Mercury 71246 - Helpless / Indiff'rent* - 1957 *recorded 22-October-1957.
Mercury 71289 - Twilight Time / Out Of My Mind – 1958
Mercury 71320 - You're Making A Mistake / My Old Flame - 1958

Patti Page / The Diamonds /// The Danleers / The Platters 

Mercury Mep-55 - Fibbin' / Walking Along /// I Really Love You / It's Raining Outside - 1958 (promo issue 45 Shorties : abridged selections for disc jockey programming only) 

The Platters

Mercury 71353 - I Wish / It's Raining Outside (Chove La Fora) - 1958 
Mercury 71383 - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes* / No Matter What You Are** - 1958  *recorded 24-September-1958. 
         **recorded 4-December-1957.  
Mercury - Hula Hop - 1958 (recorded 26-September-1958 this unissued track was released in Canada on a 1991 Mercury 2 CD set "The Platters - The Magic Touch: An Anthology" P2 10314 (disc one))

Eddie Beal
 
Cass 100 - Noop Noop / The Monkey's Wedding - 1958 (this recently discovered 45 features movie soundtrack vocalist Marni Nixon who sings the "A"-side title, the song is a uptempo word-jazzy duet with bass lead, possibly Herb Reed of the Platters and other members joining in behind Nixon's heavily echoed Betty Boop-styled response ("noop noop" apparently means "nope nope"). Strong male vocal group backing and R&B sax solo. According to the song’s writer and producer Skip Carmel, the group was "whatever group Eddie Beal was working with at the time," though he was fairly sure it was Reed with whom Carmel and Beal worked in San Francisco. The flip, "The Monkey's Wedding" uses similar vocal exchange, but has a weaker group presence)

The Platters
 
Mercury 71427 - Enchanted* / The Sound And The Fury - 1959 *recorded 12-February-1959. 
 
Mercury 71467 - Remember When* / Love Of A Lifetime - 1959 *recorded 25-September-1958. 
 
Mercury 10007 - Remember When / Love Of A Lifetime - 1959
Mercury 71502 - Where / Wish It Were Me - 1959 (both tracks recorded 29-December-1958) 
     
 
Tony Williams
 
Mercury 71532 - Charmaine / Peg O' My Heart - 1959
 
The Platters
 
Mercury 71538 - My Secret*/ What Does It Matter - 1959 *recorded 27-August-1959. 
  
Mercury 71563 - Harbor Lights / Sleepy Lagoon - 1960 (both tracks recorded 11-August-1959) 
 
Mercury 71624 - Ebb Tide* / (I'll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time - 1960 *recorded 13-August-1959. 
 
Mercury 71656 - Red Sails In The Sunset* / Sad River - 1960 *recorded 13-August-1959 --- track also recorded in 1960 by Ray Sharpe on Jamie 1128.   
Mercury 71697 - To Each His Own* / Down The River Of Golden Dreams - 1960 *recorded 12-February-1959. 
  

Tony Williams (Tony Williams Goes Solo)

Reprise 20,019 - Sleepless Nights / Movin' In – 1961
Reprise 20,030 - My Prayer / Miracle - 1961

Nate Nelson

Prigan 2001 - Once Again / Tell Me Why - 1961

The Platters

Mercury 71749 - If I Didn't Care* / True Lover - 1961 (Sonny Turner lead) *recorded 24-September-1958. 
Mercury 71791 - Trees / Immortal Love - 1961 
  
Mercury 71847 - I'll Never Smile Again* / You Don't Say - 1961 *recorded 25-September-1958. 
 
Mercury 71904 - Song For The Lonely / You'll Never Know – 1961
Mercury 71921 - It's Magic / Reaching For A Star - 1962 (Paul Robi and Zola Taylor leave group and replaced with Nate Nelson & Sandra Dawn, around this time Buck Ram sue's Mercury Records because they refused to release anymore Platters material without Tony Williams lead vocals. The year ended in legal; turmoil). Barbara Randolph was briefly a member of the Platters- in 1964, following the exit of Zola Taylor. Barbara is featured on their Mercury Album "The New Soul of the Platters". In 1965, she was replaced by Betty Jackson, who gave way to Sandra Dawn in 1966
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Tony Williams

Reprise 20,056 - It's So Easy To Surrender / That's More Like It - 1962 (Released Only Italy!)
Reprise 20,067 - Come Along Now / That's More Like It – 1962
Reprise 20,073 - Sing, Lover, Sing / Mandalino - 1962 (Released Only In Hong Kong!)
Philips 40069 - Second Best / Chloe - 1962

The Platters

Power 7012 - Only You / Voo Vee Ah Bee - 1962 (some copies came with picture sleeve)
Mercury 71986 - More Than You Know / Every Little Moment – 1962
Mercury 72060 - Memories / Heartbreak – 1962
Mercury 72107 - Once In A While / I'll See You In My Dreams – 1963
Mercury 72129 - Strangers / Here Comes Heaven Again - 1963

Buck Ram (born Samuel Ram on 21-November-1907 in Chicago, Illinois --- died 1-January-1991 of natural causes)

Personality 3507 - Soran Song / Twilight In Tokyo - 1963

Tony Williams

Reprise 20,136 - Loving You / Dream - 1963 (Released Only In Italy!)
Philips 40123 - Save Me / Twenty-Four Lonely Hours – 1963
Philips 40141 - How Come / When I Had You - 1963

The Platters

Mercury 72194 - Viva Ju Joy / Quando Caliente El Sol – 1963
Mercury 72242 - Java Jive / Michael Row The Boat Ashore – 1964
Mercury 72305 - Sincerely / P.S. I Love You – 1964
Mercury 72359 - Love Me Tender / Little Things Mean A Lot - 1964

The Platters 1965

Entree 107 - Run While It's Dark / Won't You Be My Friend - 1965

The Platters (members David Lynch, Herb Reed, Sonny Turner, Nate Nelson and Sandra Dawn)

Musicor 1166 - I Love You 1000 Times */ Don't Hear, Speak, See No Evil** - 1966 *lead Sonny Turner (on backing vocals is George Clinton), **lead Nate Nelson
Musicor 1195 - Devri*/ Alone In The Light (Without You) - 1966 *Lead Sonny Turner
Musicor 1211 - I'll Be Home* / (You've Got) The Magic Touch - 1966 *Lead Nate Nelson
Musicor 1229 - With This Ring* / If I Had A Love - 1967 *Lead Sonny Turner, On Backing Vocals Is George Clinton. (Dave Lynch Leaves Group In 1967)
Musicor 1251 - Washed Ashore (On A Lonely Island In The Sea)* / What Name Shall I Give You, My Love - 1967 *Lead Sonny Turner
Musicor 1251 - Washed Ashore (On A Lonely Island In The Sea)* / One In A Million - 1967 *Lead Sonny Turner
Musicor 1262 - On Top Of My Mind / Shing-A-Ling-A-Loo – 1967
Musicor 1275 - Sweet, Sweet Lovin' */ Sonata - 1967 *Lead Sonny Turner
Musicor 1288 - Love Must Go On / How Beautiful Our Love Is – 1968
Musicor 1302 - So Many Tears / Think Before You Walk Away* - 1968 *also recorded as "You Might Need Me Another Day" in 1966? by Gloria Taylor on King Soul 493-1
Musicor 1322 - Hard To Get A Thing Called Love / Why – 1968
Musicor 1341 - Fear Of Losing You / Sonata - 1968 (last remaining original Platter Herb Reed leaves group in 1969)
Musicor 1443 - Sweet, Sweet Lovin' */ Be My Love - 1971

Buck Ram

United Artists Xw-224 - Sunday With You / If The World Loved - 1973

The Buck Ram Platters (members Monroe Powell, Ella Woods, Chico LaMar, Craig Alexander (Zola Taylor's cousin) and Gene Williams (died 5-August-2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada --- cause: pancreatic cancer)) 

Avalanche Xw224 - Sunday With You / If The World Loved - 1973
The Platters

Owl 320 - Are You Sincere / Sixteen Tons – 1973
Ram 1002 - Only You / Here Comes The Boogie Man – 1977
Ram 1004 - My Ship Is Coming In / Guilty – 1977
Ram 1005 - My Ship Is Coming In / Guilty – 1977
Ram 4852 - Personality / Who's Sorry Now - 1978

The Platters / Harry Chapin
 
W.I.A.A. 592 - What's It All About (Sept 81) Public Service Show - 1981 (radio station promo issue only --- interview with Buck Ram -- flip by Harry Chapin)

The Platters
 
Gusto 2154 - Tell The World / Love All Night - 1981
Antler 3000 - I Do It All The Time / Shake What Your Mama Gave You - 1982

Antler 3001 - I Do It All The Time / Shake What Your Mama Gave You - 1982

The Platters / Count Basie

W.I.A.A. 640 - What's It All About (Sept 82) Public Service Show - 1982 (radio station promo issue only -- flip by Count Basie)

The Platters

Mercury 76160 - Platterama Medley / Red Sails In The Sunset – 1982
Mercury 76160 - Platterama Medley / Platterama Medley - 1982 (Promo Issue Only)

U.S Dept. Of Agriculture - Only You: Forest Fire Prevention Psa Spots - 1984 (promo issue only -- PSA commercials, eight ads, features The Platters and includes a spot by Ted Nugent)  
Ripete 101 - Washed Ashore (On A Lonely Island In The Sea) / With This Ring - ?
Collectables Col 030207 - I Love You 1000 Times / With This Ring - ?

Collectables Col 036447 - I'll Cry When You're Gone / Voo-Vee-Ah-Bee - ?
Collectables Col 036457 - Tell The World / Beer Barrel Polka - ?
Collectables Col 042007 - The Great Pretender / You'll Never Never Know - ?
Collectables Col 042017 - My Prayer / On My Word Of Honor - ?
Collectables Col 042027 - Twilight Time / Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - ?
Collectables Col 042037 - Only You (And You Alone) / I'm Sorry - ?
Collectables Col 042047 - Harbor Lights / The Magic Touch - ?
Collectables Col 048147 - Enchanted / He's Mine - ? 

Trivia

In 1990 The Platters Were Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. By The Time Their Recording Days Were Done They Had Amassed 16 Gold Singles 
       

Discography by Bosko Asanovic. Updates by Norman Styles