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Obituary: Herb Reed, Last Original Member of the Platters

Herb Reed (far left), the last surviving original member of the Platters, died Monday. He was born in Kansas City and lived here until he was 13.

Herb Reed, the last surviving member of the vocal group the Platters, died Monday.

Reed was born in Kansas City in 1928 and lived here until he was about 13. After his parents died, he eventually landed in Los Angeles and started singing in church gospel choirs.

According to his obituary in the New York Times, Reed came up with the Platters’ name, based on the slang for vinyl records. He was the group’s bass singer, performing on all 400 of the group’s recordings.

The Platters’ hits include Only You, The Great Pretender and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Hat Tip: Plastic Sax


Today in KC’s Music History: “If You Wanna Get to Heaven” Makes Top 30

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The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils’ first single, If You Wanna Get to Heaven, cracked the Top 30 the week of June 8, 1974.

The Daredevils were based in Springfield, Mo., but their management company, Good Karma, was located in Kansas City. Their best-known song, Jackie Blue, reached No. 3 the following year.