The Platters (below) were the perfect group to bring in to this beautiful deco theater still in its original form…as we were lucky to witness June 15, 2017
Though no original members remain, the group IS the ‘official’ Platters, still performing since the passing of the last living Platter (co-founder Herb Reed*) with the licensed title to the name. Today’s Platters are:
Wayne Miller, Adele “DD” Martin, Lance Bernard Bryant, and Kenny Williams.
Step back in time and view for yourself today’s Platters group and the historic BAL THEATER
CLICK BELOW image to hear Herb Reed’s current Platters perform ENCHANTED and their biggest hit, MY PRAYER, at the BAL
Enchanted and My Prayer
REED’S Platters finishing their hits from the 50s. Note the bare bones arrangements true to the original recordings, heavy on piano with the famed Platters ‘fish beat’ 6 15 17
Beautiful original wall and ceiling art at the Bal Theater, San Leandro
* Original co-founder of the Platters, Gaynel Hodge, lives on but left the Platters early , before their fame. Original members of the Platters were…
The true Originals performing with Alan Freed in a movie from the mid-1950s during the heyday. Can you name the five who were with the Platters for their biggest hits? See answer elsewhere
More from today’s Platters performing at BAL THEATER, as they open the June 15 show with their new lead singing ONLY YOU
Three of the four current Platters joined the group after it’s leader, original Platters founder, Herb Reed, passed nearly a decade ago. Below they perform songs you don’t normally hear in concert, ‘Heaven On Earth’ and ‘You’ll Never Know.’
Medley of lesser known songs- one of benefits of enjoying a FULL solo show with time for these songs (rather than a cavalcade of acts each performing only a handful of songs)
RARE TREAT FROM ORIGINAL PLATTERS LEAD
We really enjoyed the opening ‘dis-embodied’ words , as if from God, which built suspense just prior to the the Platters walking on stage. Words, in effect, told of this legendary group coming back from another place and time to , once again , bring back the great music of another era. Unfortunately, we didn’t get that on tape. We also appreciated the Platter’s sincerity and patriotism and almost spiritual reminder of how good life can be, despite the present era (perhaps harkening back to the the ‘Happy Days’ of the 1950s during which the Platters reveled.
NEW Five Star LPs from Chuck Berry and Glen Campbell
Fans of original rock and roll are fortunate to be given this last album, the first studio album in thirty years by the Father of Rock and Roll. It was recorded last year, prior to Chuck Berry’s untimely death
Is it Chuck in his prime? No, but sometimes it sounds pretty close. It’s the final album of one of the greatest musicians of the 20th Century. I like it more every time I listen to it. All of Chuck’s quirky touches are in there. If you’re a fan, you’ll have to have it.
Currently in the final stages of Alzheimers, legendary singer and guitarist Glen Campbell graces us with yet another five star album on the heals of ‘Ghost On The Canvas’ (2012), which we thought would be his last. Adios is likely compiled from ‘leftovers’ from Ghost and other odds and ends since Campbell is no longer playing and singing professionally, these days. Yet, the album is far from a throwaway, as is often the case with final efforts from others.
I was expecting Glen Campbell to sound a bit washed up with age, as seems to often be the case for final albums. That was not the case. This album has the same level of quality and the same easy listening, classic country sound that Glen Campbell has always shown. This is the kind of country music that I grew up listening to, when the genre was at its best, and I am glad that I purchased it. Adios is essentially a goodbye album, as its title implies, and is the perfect, moving cap on Glen Campbell’s musical career. If you are a fan of his music, you will not be disappointed.
If you did not know the life context of this CD / download and if you did not know this is his last official recording ever, you would still think this is a stunningly beautiful work by one of the all-time greats. From the opening to the coda, the production and arrangements are clean and so amazingly easy to listen to. Those who accompany him (including his daughter, Ashley) are stellar, Glen sounds like he’s at the top of his game, and the choice of songs (and song writers — George Jones, Jimmy Webb, Roger Miller, Bob Dylan, to name a few) grabs you right in the heart because each song relates so deeply to what we all experience in our lives. Then, when you consider current Glen’s life context and that this really is “adios” for him, this finale overcomes you with the feels. I bought the CD from Amazon and got the “Auto-Rip,” download that comes with the purchase. You should, too. One of the best purchases you will ever make! God bless you, Glen. May your singing and music continue to enrich many, many lives for years to come!