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NEW YORK — A singer-songwriter who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst “It’s My Party” and followed it up with the hits “Judy’s Turn to Cry” and “You Don’t Own Me” has died. Lesley Gore was 68

February 16, 1964 The Crystals embarked on a British tour backed by Manfred Mann.

Top Single: “Stagger Lee” Loyd Price #1 1959

February 17, 1962 The Beach Boys first single “Surfin’” hit the national charts reaching #75.

1958 – Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little 16” charted on its was to #2.

Top Single:“Duke Of Earl” Gene Chandler & The Dukays #1 1962

Birthday: Orville “Hoppy” Jones (The Ink Spots) 1905 Mickey McGill (The Dells) 1937

February 18, 1942 The Mills Brothers recorded what would become their biggest hit “Paper Doll”. Released in May it took 14 months to reach #1, but when it did it stayed there for 12 weeks selling 6 million copies. 1956 – Bill Haley & The Comets album “Rock Around The Clock” became the first Rock & Roll L.P. to make the Pop album charts.

Top Single:“It’s Almost Tomorrow” The Dream Weavers #10 1956 “The Great Pretender” The Platters #1 1956 Birthday: Herman Santiago (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers) 1941


February 19, 1972 Three Dog Night’s “Never Been To Spain” became their 8th Top 10 record when it peaked at #5 today.

Top Single:
“Shop Around” The Miracles #1 R&B 1961

Birthday: Bob Engemann (The Lettermen) 1936 William McClain
(The Cleftones) 1938 Smokey Robinson (The Miracles) 1940
Bobby Rogers (The Miracles) 1940

February 20, 1956 Detroit’s Riviera Theater hosted a show featuring Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, The Five Keys, The Jewels and The Bonnie Sisters who had just charted with
“Cry Baby”. The trio were not sisters but were nurses at New York’s Bellevue Hospital. 1996 – Involved in a five car crash on the #10 freeway in Los Angeles Barry Manilow signed autographs for police and fan while waiting for his Range Rover to be towed.

Top Single:
“The Boy From New York City” The Ad Libs #10 1965 “This Diamond Ring” Gary Lewis & The Playboys

Birthday: Manny Chaves (The Jaguars) 1937 Barbara Ellis (The Fleetwoods) 1940

February 21, 1970 The 5th Dimension’s 14th top 100 singe and first Bell Records “The Declaration” charted.

1987 – Aretha Franklin
charted in a duet with George Michael on “I Knew You Were Waiting”. It was her first #1 in 20 years.

Top Single:“The Psychedelic Shack” The Temptations #8 1970 “9 to 5” Dolly Parton #1 1981


February 22, 1951 The Clovers recorded “Don’t You Know I Love You” their first of 21 R&B hits over the next 9 years. Written by Atlantic Prexy Ahmet Ertegun, he recorded the song demo by singing into a Times Square recording booth microphone as Ertegun could neither play an instrument or write music.

1976 – Florence Ballard,
the original lead singer of The Supremes, died of a heart attack nine years after being forced out of the trio. Top Single: “What Kind Of Fool” The Tams #9 1964 “Theme From A Summer Place” Percy Faith #1 1960 Birthday: Bobby Hendricks (The Drifters) 1938 Robert Edwards (The Intruders) 1942

February 23, 1963 The Chiffons mega-hit “He’s So Fine” was the first vocal group #1 in rock history to be produce by another vocal group, The Tokens of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” fame.

Top Single: “The Way We Were” Barbara Streisand #1 1974


February 24, 1958 The Aquatones debut single “You” was released. 1967 – After seeing them perform at London’s Saville Theatre, British manager Robert Stigwood signed the new group who called themselves The Bee Gees.

Top Single:
“Love Train” The O’Jays # 1 R&B 1971 “Get A Job” The Silhouettes #1 1957

February 25, 1956 The Coasters “Down In Mexico” (#8 R&B) and The Willows “Church Bells May Ring” (#62 Pop, #11 R&B) were released. 1965 – Filming started on “Eight Arms To Hold You” the second Beatles film. Soon after the title was changed to “Help”.

Top Single:
“Love Is Here (And Now You’re Gone)” The Supremes #2 1967 “Kind Of A Drag” The Buckinghams #1 1967


February 26, 1960 The Coasters recorded their 13th hit “Wake Me, Shake Me” (#51 Pop, #14 R&B) in New York City. Thirty years later to the day cornel Gunter of The Coasters was shot ad killed while in his car in Las Vegas. He was scheduled to perform at he Lucky Lady Hotel that night.

Top Single:“My World Is Empty Without You” The Supremes #5 1966

Birthday: Chuck Harris (The Playmates) 1930 Don Ciccone (The Critters) 1946

February 27, 1954 The Moonglows magical “Secret Love” and The Royals classic “Work With Me Annie” were issued. The Royals went on to become Hank Ballard & The Midnighters. 1955 – the 7 inch single took the lead in sales for the first time over the 78 RPM single. The 45 as it was called was introduced in 1949.

Top Single:“There’s A Moon Out Tonight” The Capris #3 1961 “Pony Time” Chubby Checker #1 1961

February 28, 1964 The Carolons recorded their classic “Let It Please Be You”.

Top Single:
“This Magic Moment” The Drifters #12 R&B 1960

Birthday: Marty Sanders (Jay & The Americans) 1941

Sun Herb

Breaking News

Hall of Fame Vocal Group
Ends Decades of Consumer Fraud
Taking Back Stolen Identity

First Official LP in More than
50 Years to be Released
February 14, 2015

BOSTON—February 6, 2015More than four decades of consumer fraud and identity theft
in the music industry has ended thanks to the diligence and dying wishes of Rock and Roll,
Vocal Group and Grammy Halls of Fame member Herb Reed of The Platters.

Nevada-based United States District Court Judge Miranda M. Du closed the last case in a quartet of contemporary court battles providing the final chapter in an epic story that began half a century ago. The historic litigation, mired in worldwide deceit, greed and intrigue within the music industry, centered squarely on the ownership, performance rights and other intellectual property (IP) of the culturally and historically significant vocal group.

Reed, the founder and naming member of multi-platinum recording artists The Platters, and his fellow original singers, Tony Williams, David Lynch, Paul Robi and Zola Taylor, had their identity stripped away by a seemingly endless proliferation of imposter groups that, to this day, continue to deceive people at all levels of society including U.S. presidents, world leaders, many religious groups, educators, domestic multi-national television broadcasters, journalists and everyday worldwide music consumers.
According to longtime oldies agent and music researcher Cord Cosler, president of Celebrity Direct Entertainment in Florida, "At one time, there were almost 200 groups of ‘Platters’ playing around the world.”

Working under Reed's direction, his friend and manager, Frederick J. Balboni, Jr., hired Eric Miller Sommers of Boston, a rising star in the Intellectual Property (IP) world, to lead the daunting task of unraveling the tangled web of legal battles that had occurred since 1969. Las Vegas-based veteran entertainment and IP litigator John Krieger of Gordon & Silver was later added to the team as trusted Nevada local counsel, as was the international law firm of Holland & Knight serving the same capacity in New York and Florida.

"Reed felt he was the victim of a form of identity theft,” said Sommers. "Herb was adamant that he needed to regain control over performing rights to The Platters’ name in order for the historical impact of the vocal group’s timeless music to evolve after stagnating for 50 years and be able to appeal to new generations of music fans, thereby ensuring and protecting his legacy."

The decisions rectify the wanton consumer fraud that has been perpetrated against the worldwide public and allows The Platters to reestablish their importance in the pantheon of popular music, by not only taking back their legal rights, but also by taking complete control over their legacy and recordings.

"Herb was so happy he literally broke down and cried," said Balboni, recalling the moment that he told Reed the name had been returned to him.

The historic legal decisions achieved by Sommers under Reed and Balboni's direction and forward-thinking business strategies co-conceived by Balboni and George Howard (former president of the world’s largest independent record label, Rykodisc, original founder of the world’s largest independent music distribution company, TuneCore, manager of Carly Simon and advisor to Fortune 500 companies), finally allows for The Platters to be presented in a manner that speaks to their enduring musical and cultural legacy. This paves the way for Boston-based Herb Reed Enterprises, LLC (HRE)—the management, label, publishing firm operated by Balboni, Jr.—to eliminate the thousands of fraudulent recordings, the remaining imposter groups and marketplace confusion cluttering the legacy of a truly iconic and trendsetting quintet.

This final chapter in a long saga now allows HRE to today announce the release of Back to the Basics LIVE! with The Platters, the first fully-authorized recording of The Platters music in over 50 years.

About The Platters
The multi-platinum Platters were comprised of founder and naming member Herb Reed, Tony Williams, Paul Robi, Zola Taylor and David Lynch. In 1955, the quintet crashed through the racial divide that existed between black and white artists during America's infamous civil rights era. Their debut hit singleOnly You (and You Alone) that launched The Platters as superstars on the world stage was actually an error. A popular DJ named Alan Freed accidentally played their Mercury Records debut single on-air during a "prime" time that was traditionally reserved for "white artists." The ballad, based on the then groundbreaking Tin Pan Alley sound, became an instant hit with the public and would eventually reach number five on the Pop charts. Soon after, The Platters released The Great Pretender, which propelled them to the number one spot on the charts, providing the launch pad for their meteoric rise. As a result they became the first African-American group to achieve international superstardom. Both songs have since been declared songs of the 21st century by the Grammy foundation. 

With several chart-topping hits and more than 400 recordings, as a foundation, The Platters continue today their evolution in the music industry with vocalists Wayne Miller, Valerie Victoria, Frank Pizarro, Cheo Bourne and Music Director Michael Larson.

Fred Balboni or Gina DeRossi
978-535-0704 (o)/978-518-7463 (c) or
518-332-4988 (c)

Sun Herb

Halls of Fame Vocal Group
Ends Decades of Consumer Fraud
Taking Back Stolen Identity

First Official LP in More than
50 Years to be Released
February 14, 2015


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