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Musicians
    (1953-1967)
    Formed in Los Angeles, California
    Alex Hodge
    David Lynch
    Nate Nelson
    Herb Reed
    Paul Robi
    Zola Taylor (1938-May 1, 2007)
    Sonny Turner
    Tony Williams
    Recorded ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,’ ‘The Great Pretender,’ ‘Only You,’ ‘My Prayer,’ ‘Twilight Time’ and ‘Harbor Lights’
    Four group members were accused of having sexual relations with minors.
    The resulting arrests caused several radio stations to stop playing their music.
    After disbanding, members fought over rights to use ‘The Platters’ name when touring.
    Zola Taylor claimed she had an affair with Frankie Lymon when he was 13.
    They initially refused to record ‘The Great Pretender,’ calling it ‘a hillbilly song.’
    They were one of the few Doo-Wop groups to use string instruments in their music.
    They were the first black act to have a #1 pop single in the United States.
    The arrested group members were eventually acquitted of all charges filed against them.
    Their song ‘The Great Pretender’ was included in ‘Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.’
    They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1990).

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