about the title of this site, we should
have called it "The Definitive ROCK Songs off All Time: 1955 to 2005" Rock & Roll
was the father of Rock
, in saying that I am meaning Rock [& Roll] was invented on July 9th, 1955
with the release of Bill Haley
's "Rock Around the Clock
in reality was recorded April 12th, 1954, but this would cause a paradox, either that, or I am to lazy to change the name of this site]. The Platters are R&B or
Tin Pan or Doo Wop
and this genre has been around longer than Rock n Roll so it must be kind of a moot point to only include songs after 1955. In some way, I agree with those people, I would love to have Nat King Cole
's 1951 "Unforgettable" here in the countdown ... another paradox, sort of like Rollings Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time
" which has no songs from pre-1955 [don't quote me on this] either. So i guess we are both guilty of ignoring the fact, we both are saying [although not directly] there was no decent music for the first 54 years of the Twentieth Century
. I better say sorry now.
What does RS think of the Platters?
Nothing, but in all fairness it was before their time. [I must be getting old or soft or worse, both] but their offshoot rhapsody.com does have something. After producer and songwriter Buck Ram got a hold of a group, he performed a certain magic. It worked with the Penguins and it worked with the Platters. Ram transformed the Platters from a run-of-the-mill Doo-Wop group to one of the best-known and most-loved Oldies groups around. Aside from recording some of the most classic, spine-tingling makeout music ever, the Platters earned the distinction of being the first black group to have a No. 1 hit on the (usually all-white) pop charts. Many disc jockeys, club owners, and listeners thought the Platters were white, as the group provided the soundtrack for generations of awkward teens' first sweaty-palmed, clumsy slow dance. Although "Great Pretender" and "Only You" are the most instantly recognizable Platters hits, the velvet throat of Tony Williams led the Platters to a number of Top-40 hits through the early part of the '60s. ~ [Source: Rhapsody.com - Mark Murrmann]
Rolling Stone magazine deemed their '387th Song of all Time' was "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John. Elton John has appeared in The Definitive 1000 of All Time @ #531.
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number 351 and the Album ranked at Number (Seafood Platter anyone?)