Wednesday, June 06, 2012
R.I.P. Herb Reed of the Platters: The Last of the Great Pretenders
While perusing the New York Times obituary section on the train this morning, I learned that the world had lost Herb Reed at the age of 83. I had never heard of Mr. Reed (seen on the left), but he was the last surviving member of The Platters, one of the earliest and most successful pop vocal groups. (You can read the NYT obit here.)
The Platters were one of the first black groups to be marketed not as "race records" which was the early term for rhythm & blues, but just as a great record on its own terms.
R.I.P. Herb. And R.I.P. Freddie.
Buy the Best of the Platters on iTunes here.
Buy "The Great Pretender by Freddie Mercury here.