The Platters were an American vocal group formed in 1952. The group was formed by three college students: David Lynch, Dick Sheppard and Bernie Reid. The quartet signed with Mercury Records where they would be signed under The ‘Blue’ Note record label.
The first single released by The Platters was My Prayer which became a number one song in 1956. The group continued to create popular records up until the mid 1960s when The Platters went through a number of changes. The original members left and new members took their place in the line-up. The fast changed line-up would cause tensions with fans, but The Platters were able to come back together in 1967 in an effort to deal with The Rolling Stones. The Platters would later leave Mercury Records and sign onto Atco where they were able to get The Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham on their side. The band was able to get a recording deal from Epic Records. The Platters began touring in Japan, but the success did not last due to The Rolling Stones’ manager breaking The Platters, The Monkees and The McCoys up. The deal with The McCoys helped The Platters sell seven million records in the United States. The band would go on to have a number of number one songs in Japan including The Great Pretender which became their most successful song there.