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Published on Aug 31, 2007
This is another performance filmed for my now legendary documentary, "The Strange World Of Northern Soul". In late 1959, Sonny Turner replaced Tony Williams as the lead singer of the original Platters. Chosen out of 100 singers who auditioned, Sonny at the young age of 19, toured the world with "The Platters" bringing their music to people of all nations. Sonny brought The Platters back to the pop charts in the 1960's with such hits as "I love You 1000 Times", "With This Ting" and "Washed Ashore"; as well as re-recording major Platter hits like "Only You", "The Great Pretender" and "The Magic Touch." You can hear Sonny's voice in various movies such as "The Nutty Professor II" starring Eddie Murphy. "Hearts in Atlantis" starring Anthony Hopkins and "Prince of the City" starring Robert DeNiro. There are only three surviving members of The Platters still alive today that can be heard on the hundreds of recordings and hit records that made The Platters one of the most successful vocal groups of all time. They are Herb Reed who founded the group in 1953 and sang bass. Zola Taylor, the female vocalist and Sonny Turner. Sonny remained with The Platters from late 1959 until 1970 when he left to pursue a solo career. In 2005, Mr. Turner received The Lifetime Excellence in Entertainment Award in Las Vegas where he currently resides. He was also inducted into The Vocal Group Hall Of Fame for his achievements with The Platters. Today Sonny performs all over the world; be sure to check his tour schedule and catch one of his shows. This video for their biggest Northern Soul record ever, "With This Ring", was filmed by my best friend, Ralph Tee, in Las Vegas, and of course the original version was written and produced by Northern Soul legend, Richard "Popcorn" Wylie.