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Herb Reed dies at 83; founder of the Platters
Herb Reed dies at 83; founder of the Platters

Herb Reed was in his 20s when he founded the Platters in Los Angeles in 1953, naming his vocal group after the term used by radio DJs for the vinyl records of the day. Well into the digital download era — and into his 80s — Reed was still touring and singing bass on "Only You," "The Great Pretender," "Twilight Time" and the other hits that made the Platters one of the top R&B groups of the 1950s. "Every audience is different," he told the Lowell Sun newspaper in Massachusetts in 2004. "No matter where you get on stage, it's like starting over. They haven't seen you before." Reed, the last surviving member of the...

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