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March 16, 1970 Tammi Terrell,
who had 10 chart hit duets with Marvin Gaye, died of a brain tumor
on stage in Marvin’s arms. She
was only 23.

Top Single: “Dock Of The Bay” Otis Redding #1 1968

March 17, 1958 The Coasters
recorded “Yakety Yak” (#1 Pop & R&B) and their great arrangement of “Zing, Went The Strings Of My Heart”.

1978 –
The film about Rock & Roll disc jockey Alan Freed, “American Hot Wax” debuted.

Top Single:
“Duke Of Earl” Gene Chandler & The Dukays #1 R&B 1962 “Tequila” The Champs #1 1958

Clarence Collins (The Imperials) 1941

March 18, 2001 Mama’s & Papa’s
leader John Phillips died. The group was hired to sing behind Barry McGuire on John’s “California Dreamin”. Producer Lou Adler was so impressed with their harmony he put their background an dlead vocals down instead. At his death Phillips was tracking an album he began with The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger 25 years earlier. 1957 – Bill Haley & The comets returned to America after performing before
half a million people on a world tour

Top Single:
“Night Fever” The Bee Gees #1 1978 “Penny Lane” The Beatles #1 1967

Birthday: Robert Lee Smith (The Tams) 1936 Wilson Pickett (The Falcons) 1941

March 19, 1969 The Flamingos
“Boogaloo Party” charted (#93 Pop). It was their only single from 61 releases to hit in England (#26).

Top Single:
“Earth Angel” The Crew Cuts #5 1955

Birthday: Ruth Pointer (The Pointer Sisters) 1946 Walter Jackson (Velvetones on Deb) 1938


March 20, 1950
The Carols, a Ravens styled quartet on Columbia, recorded their first single “Please Believe Me”.
In 1954 Carols bass lead and adoring Ravens fan Tommy Evans became
The Ravens new bass.

1960 – John Lennon
married art exhibitionist Yoko Ono Cox in Gibraltar at the British Embassy.

Top Single:
“Hurt So Bad” Little Anthony & The Imperials #12 1965 “Surrender” Elvis Presley #1 1961

March 21, 1952
Cleveland D.J. Alan Freed held his 1st Rock & Roll stage show at a theater capable of holding 10,000 occupants. When 30,000 teens showed up the show was canceled by local officials.

Top Single:
“Fun, Fun, Fun” The Beach Boys #5 1964 “She Loves You” The Beatles #31 1964

Russell Thompkins Jr.
(The Stylistics) 1951


March 22, 1961
The Beatles played at the Cavern with Pete Best on drums. 2001 – Earl Beal, co-founder and baritone of The Silhouettes, died.
He and lead singer Billy Horton formed the Philadelphia group in a pool hall in 1955. Beal suggested naming the group after The Rays hit. They had only one chart record but it was a classic “Get A Job” (#1 R&B and Pop). Beal was 76. 1956 – Carl Perkins was severely injured in a car crash in Wilmington, Delaware while he was enroute to New York to perform on Perry Como’s T.V. show.

Top Single: “Wheel Of Fortune” The Cardinals #6 R&B 1952 “Another Brick In The Wall” Pink Floyd #31 1980

George Benson (The Altairs) 1943


March 23, 1992
Janet Jackson, the youngest member of the Jackson family, signed a $16 million contract with Virgin Records.

Top Single:
“Our Day Will Come” Ruby & The Romantics #1 1963


March 24, 1956
The El Capris “Shimmy Shimmy (Ko Ko Wop) was released. Four yeas later it became a hit for Little Anthony & The Imperials as “Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop).

1958 – Elvis Presley enlisted in the Army and went from an estimated #10,000 a month to $78 a month.

Top Single:
“Let Me In” The Sensations #4 1962 “Hey Baby” Bruce Channel #1 1962

Billy Stewart (The Rainbows) 1937

March 25, 1978
19 years after dying in a plane crash Buddy Holly had his first and only British #1 album with “20 Golden Greats”.

Top Single:
“Happy Together” The Turtles #1 1967

March 26, 1959
The Coasters recorded “Along Came Jones” (#9 Pop, #14 R&B).

Top Single: “Hearts Of Stone” The Fontane Sisters #3 1955

Fred Parris (The Five Satins) 1936 Diana Ross
(The Supremes) 1944 Teddy Pendergrass (The Blue Notes) 1950

March 27,
1954 The Spaniels “Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight” and The Tempo Toppers “Always” were issued. The Tempo Toppers lead was a newcomer named Little Richard.

1954 – The Five Keys collectors classic “Someday Sweetheart” was released. An original 45 today is valued at about $1,000.

Top Single: “December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)” The Four Seasons #1 1976

Brenda Knight (Gladys Knight & The Pips) 1941

March 28, 1956 The Five Satins
legendary love song “In The Still Of The Night” was released on its original label, Standord. It was reissued soon after on the larger Ember label reaching #24 Pop, #3 R&B.

1979 – Eric Clapton married Patti Boyd in Tucson, Arizona during the first leg of a 47 city U.S. tour. Patti was the former Mrs. George Harrison.

Top Single:
“Stay” The Four Seasons #18 1964 “Rapture” Blondie #1 1981


March 29, 1951 The Ravens
recorded “You Foolish Thing” for Columbia.
1973 – 12 days after Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show hit “The Cover Of Rolling Stone” peaked at #6 (March 17th) he group literally wound up on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Top Single: “Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine” The 5th Dimension 1969 #4 “Rock Me Amadeus” Falco #1 1986

Birthday: Danny Conn (The Playmates) 1930


March 30, 1967
The Beatles session at Michael Coopers studio in Chelsea resulted in the historic “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” L.P. cover.

Top Single: “Party Doll” Buddy Knox #1 1957


March 31, 1958
MGM changed the name of its Orbit subsidiary to Cub after learning HiFi Records already had an Orbit label. The first act affected was The Velours and their new single “Remember”.

1962 – The Crystals
“Uptown” charted and became their only single featuring six members as La La Brooks joined to replace pregnant Merna Girard who held on long enough to record at the session.

Top Single: “No, Not Much” The Four Lads #4 1956 “Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You” Connie Francis #1 1962

Al Goodman (Ray, Goodman & Brown) 1947

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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