Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of the 1950s group The Platters, has died in a Boston area hospice, his manager tells the AP. He was 83 years old.
Reed was originally from Kansas City, MO, but founded the Platters in the Los Angeles area in 1953. They were known for such hits as “Only You,” “The Great Pretender” and “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.” Reed was the bass man of the five-part group.
Of the nearly 400 recordings the Platters made, Reed was the only member to appear on each and every one, which is pretty remarkable in and of itself, but also amazing when you consider the group has had 116 different members over the years.
Reed continued touring up until 2011. The group was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Below is their “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” recording, which is our personal favorite Platters song.