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Soul Sunday: An Original Platter ... Herb Reed

Posted on August 2, 2020 at 9:50 AM

Happy Sunday Ginchers,

It's time for Soul Sunday ... An Original PLATTER ... HERB REED!  As I sit in my studio every Sunday Morning and think about my radio show that airs every Sunday night on jukinoldies.com, I begin to remenisce about the music I so love.  Today I was looking over the birthdays we will be celebrating this evening and one name just jumped out at me ... Herb Reed ... Bass singer and perfect gentleman of the Platters.  I Began to think about the precious time I spent talking with this National Treasure of a man.  First let's talk about Herb, born August 7, 1928 and raised in poverty in Kansas City, Missouri, he moved to Los Angeles when he was 15 years old and was the founding member of the legendary Platters in 1953.  It was Herb who came up with the name "The Platters" after noticing that DJ's were calling their records "platters" in the 1950's.  Herb was the bass singer of the group and one of the greatest bass voices in music history.  He was also one of the unusual bass singers that actually recorded songs singing lead as a bass singer in a vocal group, especially when you had so many great singers in that group, Tony Williams is one of them. Herb sang lead on songs like "On The Top Of My Mind", "Hey Now", "Darktown Strutters Ball" and "Sit Right Down and Right Myself a Letter" and if you want to hear a true Bass sing lead, listen to their version of "Sixteen Tons" ... incredible!  When I was working for the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, I had the honors of spending two days with Herb and one special night some of my friends in the business had dinner together at the beautiful Tara in Sharon, PA.  I remember the group picture like it was yesterday, Pat Benti (F.A.M.E.), Tony Batala of the Lettermen, Chuck Blasko of the Vogues, Gene Hughes of the Casinos, Herb Reed of the Platters and myself.  We sang, talked music and like a sponge I absorbed everything Herb Reed had to say.  Herb sang in 7 decades from the 1950's thru 2010's and was the only member of the Platters to sing on all recordings of the group approximately 400 songs!  Tonight on my show, I will once again play some of the wonderful songs Herb Reed sang lead on for the Platters and once again I will transform back to those beautiful days when we were all together ... the Original PLATTER ... HERB REED!  Till tomorrow, stay safe, stay healthy, help a neighbor when you can ... and, GOD Bless!

Johnny


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