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B/w photo of the Platters in formal dress, signed by Ben Durr, Gene Williams, Toni Redd, Ray Manson and Monroe Powell
Printed photograph signed in ink: "Ben Durr", "Gene/Williams", "Toni/Redd", "Ray Manson" and "Monroe/Powell". B/w, 7¾x9¾ overall, image 7x8½, one surface. Photo from Personal Management Personality Productions in Las Vegas, Nevada. Captioned: "THE BUCK RAM PLATTERS/The Platters". There are an estimated 125 sanctioned versions of "the original Platters" on the oldies show circuit. This is a signed photograph of one of those groups. The Platters formed in Los Angeles, California in 1953, with original members Tony Williams (lead singer), Herb Reed (bass), David Lynch (tenor), Alex Hodge and Zola Taylor. There wasn't much to differentiate them from other rhythm and blues groups until SAMUEL "BUCK" RAM took over management of the group. Ram - who also worked with the Penguins, of Earth Angel fame - restructured the group and turned the Platters into a hit machine and one of the most romantic doo wop acts going. They released numerous Top 20 hits on the Billboard Pop Singles charts and five chart toppers: Only You (1955), My Prayer (1956), The Great Pretender (1958), Twilight Time (1958) and Smoke Gets in your Eyes (1959). The Platters continue to tour under numerous personnel changes. BEN DURR was a singer with the group The Platters from 1987-1993. He has also performed with other singing groups. GENE WILLIAMS sang in the youth choir while growing up in Fresno, California. He performed in multiple bands before being recruited in 1970 by Buck Ram to join his group The Platters. Williams toured in Las Vegas as a member of the platters for 18 years. TONI REDD is an R&B singer. She was a member of the group The Platters in 1988. RAY MANSON was a member of the group from 1985-1988. MONROE POWELL was one of the longest running members of The Platters. He went on to form his own band which he also called The Platters, but after a legal battle with the owner of the estate, Jean Bennett, it was agreed that he would rename the group The Platters featuring Monroe Powell. His show ran at the Sahara casino for 15 years. Lightly bowed. Durr's signature is lightly smudged in places, but legible. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born in Los Angeles, California

Film Credits
2014 The Great Pretenders (in person), 2013 Glee (Sound), 2012 Vegas (Sound), 2012 No me la puc treure del cap (Sound), 2012 Alcatraz (Sound), 2010 Rock & Chips (Sound), 2010 Kottan ermittelt: Rien ne va plus (Sound), 2010 Blue Valentine (Sound), 2009/II Precious (Sound), 2009 Zero no shôten (Sound), 2009 Le code a changé (Sound), 2009 Brooklyn's Finest (Sound), 2009 Breaking Bad (Sound), 2009 50 años de (Sound), 2008-2012 Banda sonora (Other), 2008-2012 Banda sonora (Sound), 2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Sound), 2008 Cuéntame (Sound), 2007 Romulus, My Father (Sound), 2006 Moments to Remember: My Music (in person), 2006 Hollywoodland (Sound), 2005 Three Times (Sound), 2005 Forsthaus Falkenau (Sound), 2004 Ocean's Twelve (Sound), 2004 5x2 (Sound), 2003 The Dreamers (Sound), 2003 Benjamim (Sound), 2001 Ponterosa (Sound), 2001 Hearts in Atlantis (Sound), 2000 Okinawa Rendez-vous (Sound), 2000 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (Sound), 2000 Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years 1955-1970 (Sound), 2000 Coronation (Sound), 1999 Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story (Sound), 1999 October Sky (Sound), 1999 Doo Wop 50 (in person), 1999 Bis zum Horizont und weiter (Sound), 1998 Why Do Fools Fall in Love (Sound), 1998 The X-Files (Sound), 1998 Kahit mabuhay kang muli (Sound), 1998 Home Fries (Sound), 1997 Telling Lies in America (Sound), 1997 American Perfekt (Sound), 1997 'Til There Was You (Sound), 1996 Trees Lounge (Sound), 1996 Star Trek: Voyager (Sound), 1996 Dating the Enemy (Sound), 1996 Alle haben geschwiegen (Sound), 1995 Casino (Sound), 1995 Blood & Donuts (Sound), 1995 Backfire! (Sound), 1994 Wild Reeds (Sound), 1994 Mistah (Sound), 1994 Foreign Student (Sound), 1994 Florida Lady (Sound), 1994 Derrick (Sound), 1993 Matinee (Sound), 1993 Lipstick on Your Collar (Sound), 1992/I Only You (Sound), 1992 Mestari (Sound), 1992 Marienhof (Sound), 1992 Canary Brothers of Tondo (Sound), 1992 Anita (Sound), 1991 The Man in the Moon (Sound), 1991 Muuttolinnun aika (Sound), 1991 For Sasha (Sound), 1990 Paper Mask (Sound), 1990 Family Matters (Sound), 1990 C'est la vie (Sound), 1990 Book of Love (Sound), 1989-1991 The Wonder Years (Sound), 1989 The War of the Roses (Sound), 1989 The Delinquents (Sound), 1989 Heart of Dixie (Sound), 1989 Catch Me If You Can (Sound), 1989 Always (Sound), 1987 La Bamba (Sound), 1986 Night of the Creeps (Sound), 1985 Mischief (Sound), 1985 American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration (in person), 1983 Porky's II: The Next Day (Sound), 1982 Porky's (Sound), 1979 Going Steady (Sound), 1978 Superman (Sound), 1977 All You Need Is Love (in person), 1976 Slumber Party '57 (Sound), 1975 Reflections of Youth (Sound), 1974 And Now My Love (Sound), 1973 American Graffiti (Sound), 1972 The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Sound), 1970 The Real Tom Kennedy Show (in person), 1970 Das Kaffeehaus (Sound), 1965 Hollywood a Go Go (Sound), 1965 Hollywood a Go Go (in person), 1959-1971 New American Bandstand 1965 (in person), 1959 The George Gobel Show (in person), 1959 Girls Town (in person), 1959 Girls Town (Sound), 1959 European Nights (in person), 1959 Discorama (in person), 1958-1960 The Dick Clark Show (in person), 1958 The Dick Clark Show (Sound), 1957-1960 Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium (in person), 1957 Rock All Night (Sound), 1957 Rock All Night (in person), 1957 Carnival Rock (Performer), 1957 Carnival Rock (Sound), 1956-1959 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1956 The Jonathan Winters Show (in person), 1956 The Girl Can't Help It (in person), 1956 The Girl Can't Help It (Sound), 1956 The Arthur Murray Party (in person), 1956 Rock Around the Clock (in person), 1956 Rock Around the Clock (Sound), 1956 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (Sound), 1956 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (in person)

Born in New York City, New York

Born: June 15, 1944
Died: August 5, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada


Film Credits
2009 I Can Do Bad All by Myself (Performer)

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