Many of the Platters' songs have been covered by music artists like Freddie Mercury, the Hilltoppers, and Lester Bowie.
In 1990, the original Platters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Platters ran into trouble in the summer of 1959. In Cincinnati, Ohio, four out of the five members were arrested for having sexual relations with four 19-year-old women, with three of the women being white. Even though the four members were found innocent, there was negative backlash in part to the media and various radio stations stopped playing their new singles.
The Platters were responsible for making one of the very first music videos ever with a promotional package of their fourth chart-topping single "Twilight Time," which was performed on "American Bandstand."
In the late 50's, The Platters had become such a international music sensation that they began a world tour. Mercury Records referred to the group as "international ambassadors of goodwill."
The Platters' first major record contract was with Mercury Records in 1954.
The Platters very first recordings were for Federal Records.
The original Platters consisted of Tony Williams, Alex Hodge, Herb Reed, and David Lynch. They were managed by Samuel Ram, who transformed the Platters into one of the biggest pop sensations of the 1950's decade.