Platters founder Herb Reed dies at 83

This undated image released by Balboni Communications Group LLC shows Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend, founder and naming member of The Platters Herb Reed at his home in Arlington, Mass. Reed, the last surviving original member of the 1950s vocal group the Platters, died Monday, June 4, 2012, in a Boston area hospice after a period of declining health. He was 83. Reed sang bass on the group's four No. 1 hits, including "The Great Pretender," "My Prayer," "Twilight Time" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." (AP Photo/Balboni Communications Group LLC)

June 5, 2012 8:10:57 AM PDT
Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of the 1950s vocal group the Platters, has died. The group's hits like "Only You" propelled them to stardom.

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