By Mike Stotts
As part of the continuing RMI Concert Series, “The Platters Revue, featuring the legendary Monroe Powell” performed at Aliante Station Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 29, 2012.
The Platters were originally formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1953, and they went on to quickly become one of the most successful vocal groups of the early rock and roll era. Although their act has endured many legal challenges and personnel changes over the years- over 115 people have previously been members of The Platters – they have won 16 Grammy Awards, while also producing 40 charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1955 and 1967, including four # 1 hits. They were the first rock ‘n roll group to have a Top 10 album in America.
The current Platters ensemble includes lead singer Monroe Powell, who replaced Sonny Turner in 1970, and is the last survivor of that group. Still managed by Jean Bennett, who has been with the original Platters since its inception, Powell is now accompanied onstage by Kenni Jaye, Ines Zak, and Don Gloudé