Weatherford Democrat

March 6, 2014

Platters still serving soulful musical nostalgia


Weatherford Democrat

— A tribute to one of biggest musical recording groups in history will take the Texas Opry Theater stage Saturday.

The Platters were the first black group in history to have a No. 1 pop record and music video. With 35 top 10 hits the Platters have cemented their place as soul music pioneers.

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 group had 40 charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1955 and 1967, including four No. 1 hits.

Inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with nine million singles sold and five platinum records with hits such as “Magic Touch,” “The Great Pretender,” “Only You,” “Harbor Lights,” “My Prayer,” “My Guy,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” and more.

All of the original members of this legendary group have passed on, but the World Famous Platters Tribute Show continues to perform worldwide, celebrating The Platters’ epic body of work.

Members of this show are Lawrence “Rooster” Lockhardt, “The Emperor of Soul” Eddie Stovall, J.T. Marshall and Andre Shepard.

They perform regularly at The Tribute Theater in Branson, Mo., when they are not touring all over the U.S. and around the world. They have been awarded The Music Travel Nation 2013 Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the 2012 Matinee Show of the Year by The Branson Entertainment Awards.

Saturday’s show begins at 3 p.m. at The Texas Opry Theater, 319 N. York Ave.

Opening the show will be “Wildman” Michael Hix and Mr. Smoooooth Don Obeiden, along with The Amazing Made In Texas Show Time Band behind Hix, Obeiden and The World Famous Platters.

Select and purchase seats at www.texasoprytheater.com by clicking the “Buy Now” button or by phone at 817-341-1000. Tickets are going fast and this show is expected to be a sellout.