The Platters - The Great Pretender - HD (1955)
Clip form the movie "Rock Around The Clock"The Platters formed in Los Angeles in 1953. In the summer of 1955,"Only You" became the group's first Top Ten hit on the pop charts and topped the R&B charts for seven weeks. The follow-up, "The Great Pretender",exceeded the success of their debut and became the Platters' first national #1 hit. "The Great Pretender" run atop that chart for 11 weeks. The Platters were the first rock and roll group to have a Top Ten album in America.The Platters were one of the most successful vocal groups of the early rock and roll era. Their distinctive sound was a bridge between the pre-rock Tin Pan Alley tradition and the burgeoning new genre. The act went through several personnel changes, with the most successful incarnation comprising lead tenor Tony Williams, David Lynch, Paul Robi, Herb Reed, and Zola Taylor.The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in its inaugural year of 1998. They were also the only act to have three songs included on the American Graffiti soundtrack that sparked an oldies revival in the early to mid-1970s: "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "The Great Pretender" and "Only You (and You Alone)".