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April 16, 1962 The Marcels recorded five sides including “That Old Black Magic.”

Top Single: “Rock Love” The Fontane Sisters #14 1955

Birthday: Roy Hamilton (The Searchlight Singers) 1929, Dusty Springfield (The Springfields) 1939, Jimmy Osmond (The Osmonds) 1963

April 17, 1954 Detroit’s Fortune records signed a young local group, The Diablos. They would go on to become the influence of 60’s legend, Smokey Robinson of the Miracles.

1976 – Ann Wilson and Heart charted on their way to #35 and their first of 30 hits thru 1993 when “Crazy On You” jumped on the Hot 100 today.

Top Single: “Please Love Me Forever” Kathy Jean & The Roommates #13 1961 “Joy To The World” Three Dog Night #1 1971

April 18, 1956 Jackie Wilson & The Dominoes recorded their first sides for Decca including “St. Theresa Of The Roses” and six others in Los Angeles.

1981 – Gary U.S. Bonds’ “This Little Girl” was released reaching #11. It was written and co-produced by him and Bruce Springsteen, an long time fan of Bonds. It was also Gary’s first hit in 19 years.

Top Single: “Love Or Let Me Be Lonely” The Friends Of Distinction #8 1970 “Let It Be” The Beatles #1 1970


April 19, 1954 The Bangles reach #2 with “Manic Monday” (written by Prince) but could not displace his “Kiss” from the #1 spot.

1960 – Elvis (who developed a fear of flying) boarded a train to Los Angeles from Memphis to begin shooting his new film G.I. Blues, a story about a young U.S. soldier in Germany.

Top Single: “One Mint Julip” The Clovers #9 R&B 1952 “Philadelphia Freedom” The Elton John Band #1 1975


April 20, 1954 The Moonglows performed at Alan Freed’s annual Moondog Ball in Ohio’s Akron Armory.

1966 – The Beatles recorded “Daisy Hawkins” for the “Sgt. Pepper” album but before it was done it was re-titled “Eleanor Rigby” after Paul McCartney saw the name on a clothing store in Bristol.

Top Single:
“Come Softly To Me” The Fleetwoods #1 1959


April 21, 1956 Melba Records President Morty Craft announced the signing of a new group from Brooklyn called The Tokens wit a young lead singer named Neil Sedaka.

1963 – The Rolling Stones
and The Beatles met for the first time at The Crawdaddy Club in West London where the Stones were the regular Sunday night performers.

Top Single: “Twilight Time” The Platters #1 1958 “Heartbreak Hotel” Elvis Presley #1 1956

Birthday: Ernie Maresca (The Sevilles)1939


April 22, 1964 Little Anthony & The Imperials recorded “I’m On The Outside Looking In” (#15 Pop), their first hit in almost five years.

1990 –
Over 750,000 people crammed Central Park in New York City for the Earth Day festivities including a show starring Hall & Oats, Ben E. King and the B-52’s.

Top Single: “Betcha By Golly Wow” The Stylistics #6 1972 “Something Special” Nancy & Frank Sinatra

Birthday: Glen Campbell (Beach Boys) 1936


April 23, 1954 The Royals single, “Work With ME Annie” was issued beginning the era of “The Answer Record.” It became so popular (#22 Pop, #1 R&B) that the group renamed themselves Hand Ballard & The MIdnighters to avoid confusion with The Five Royales.

Top Single: “Sloop John B” The Beach Boys #8 1966

April 24, 1958 The Pastels (“Been So Long”) appeared on Alan Freed’s Big Beat” show at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater along with Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Hollly & The Crickets. The Pastels lead singer, Dee Irwin went on to solo success with “Swingin’ On A Star” (#38, 1963)

1961 – Robert Zimmerman performed on record for the first time when he played harmonica for Harry Belafonte’s “Midnight Special” album and earned $50. He soon became better known for his songs and singing as Bob Dylan.

Top Single: “Baby Blue” The Echoes #14 1961 “Runaway Sue” Del Shannon #1 1961

Freddie Scott (The Symphonics) 1933, Bernard Henderson (Hues Corporation) 1944, Ann Kelly (Hues Corporation) 1947


April 25, 1960 Dion & The Belmonts charted with “When You Wish Upon A Star” only months before Dion split to go solo.

Top Single:
“They Way You Do The Things You Do” The Temptations #14 1964 “Stuck On You” Elvis Presley #1 1960


April 26, 1975 Gladys Knight & The Pips “The Way We Were” charted becoming their 33rd of a career 42 top 100 singles.

1982 – Rod Stewart was robbed on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles while standing next to his $50,000 Porsche.

Top Single: “Middle Of The Night” The Clovers #5 R&B 1952 “Kiss” Prince #1 1986

Birthday: Maurice Williams (Zodiacs) 1938

April 27, 1981 Ringo Starr married actress Barbara Bach in Durango, Mexico after the pair grunted their way thru starring roles in the movie, “Caveman.”

Top Single:
“I Will Follow Him” Little Peggy March #1 1963


April 28, 1958 The Drifters recorded their terrific, “drip Drop.” It was the last charter (#58 Pop) for the original group.

Dion & The Del-Satins
would later do a hit ”Power Doo Wop0” version in

1963 (#6) 1981 – Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles group Wings broke up.

Top Single: “Soldier Boy” The Shirelles #4 1962 “Good Luck Charm” Elvis Presley #1 1962

Emma Pought (Bobbettes) 1942

April 29, 1957 The Dubs now legendary, “Don’t Ask Me To Be Lonely” (Gone #72) was released to less then enthusiastic reviewer response which in part stated: “A slow, dirge like ballad that is definitely on the dull side… a grand hodge podge of sound, is weak.”

1968 – The musical “Hair” opened on Broadway in New York. It ran for over 1,750 performances.

Top Single: “The Happening” The Supremes #8 1967 “Night Fever” The Bee Gees #1 1978

Birthday: Carl Gardner (Coasters) 1928, Bob Miranda (Happenings) 1942, Carnie Wilson (Wilson-Phillips) 1968

April 30, 1954 The McGuire Sisters “Goodnight, Sweetheart Goodnight” was released and became their first top 10 hit (#7).

Top Single: “Monday, Monday” The Mama’s & The Papa’s #3 1966

Birthday: Merill Osmond (Osmonds) 1953

Sun Herb

Breaking News

Hall of Fame Vocal Group
Ends Decades of Consumer Fraud
Taking Back Stolen Identity

First Official LP in More than
50 Years to be Released
February 14, 2015

BOSTON—February 6, 2015More than four decades of consumer fraud and identity theft
in the music industry has ended thanks to the diligence and dying wishes of Rock and Roll,
Vocal Group and Grammy Halls of Fame member Herb Reed of The Platters.

Nevada-based United States District Court Judge Miranda M. Du closed the last case in a quartet of contemporary court battles providing the final chapter in an epic story that began half a century ago. The historic litigation, mired in worldwide deceit, greed and intrigue within the music industry, centered squarely on the ownership, performance rights and other intellectual property (IP) of the culturally and historically significant vocal group.

Reed, the founder and naming member of multi-platinum recording artists The Platters, and his fellow original singers, Tony Williams, David Lynch, Paul Robi and Zola Taylor, had their identity stripped away by a seemingly endless proliferation of imposter groups that, to this day, continue to deceive people at all levels of society including U.S. presidents, world leaders, many religious groups, educators, domestic multi-national television broadcasters, journalists and everyday worldwide music consumers.
According to longtime oldies agent and music researcher Cord Cosler, president of Celebrity Direct Entertainment in Florida, "At one time, there were almost 200 groups of ‘Platters’ playing around the world.”

Working under Reed's direction, his friend and manager, Frederick J. Balboni, Jr., hired Eric Miller Sommers of Boston, a rising star in the Intellectual Property (IP) world, to lead the daunting task of unraveling the tangled web of legal battles that had occurred since 1969. Las Vegas-based veteran entertainment and IP litigator John Krieger of Gordon & Silver was later added to the team as trusted Nevada local counsel, as was the international law firm of Holland & Knight serving the same capacity in New York and Florida.

"Reed felt he was the victim of a form of identity theft,” said Sommers. "Herb was adamant that he needed to regain control over performing rights to The Platters’ name in order for the historical impact of the vocal group’s timeless music to evolve after stagnating for 50 years and be able to appeal to new generations of music fans, thereby ensuring and protecting his legacy."

The decisions rectify the wanton consumer fraud that has been perpetrated against the worldwide public and allows The Platters to reestablish their importance in the pantheon of popular music, by not only taking back their legal rights, but also by taking complete control over their legacy and recordings.

"Herb was so happy he literally broke down and cried," said Balboni, recalling the moment that he told Reed the name had been returned to him.

The historic legal decisions achieved by Sommers under Reed and Balboni's direction and forward-thinking business strategies co-conceived by Balboni and George Howard (former president of the world’s largest independent record label, Rykodisc, original founder of the world’s largest independent music distribution company, TuneCore, manager of Carly Simon and advisor to Fortune 500 companies), finally allows for The Platters to be presented in a manner that speaks to their enduring musical and cultural legacy. This paves the way for Boston-based Herb Reed Enterprises, LLC (HRE)—the management, label, publishing firm operated by Balboni, Jr.—to eliminate the thousands of fraudulent recordings, the remaining imposter groups and marketplace confusion cluttering the legacy of a truly iconic and trendsetting quintet.

This final chapter in a long saga now allows HRE to today announce the release of Back to the Basics LIVE! with The Platters, the first fully-authorized recording of The Platters music in over 50 years.

About The Platters
The multi-platinum Platters were comprised of founder and naming member Herb Reed, Tony Williams, Paul Robi, Zola Taylor and David Lynch. In 1955, the quintet crashed through the racial divide that existed between black and white artists during America's infamous civil rights era. Their debut hit singleOnly You (and You Alone) that launched The Platters as superstars on the world stage was actually an error. A popular DJ named Alan Freed accidentally played their Mercury Records debut single on-air during a "prime" time that was traditionally reserved for "white artists." The ballad, based on the then groundbreaking Tin Pan Alley sound, became an instant hit with the public and would eventually reach number five on the Pop charts. Soon after, The Platters released The Great Pretender, which propelled them to the number one spot on the charts, providing the launch pad for their meteoric rise. As a result they became the first African-American group to achieve international superstardom. Both songs have since been declared songs of the 21st century by the Grammy foundation. 

With several chart-topping hits and more than 400 recordings, as a foundation, The Platters continue today their evolution in the music industry with vocalists Wayne Miller, Valerie Victoria, Frank Pizarro, Cheo Bourne and Music Director Michael Larson.

Fred Balboni or Gina DeRossi
978-535-0704 (o)/978-518-7463 (c) or
518-332-4988 (c)

Sun Herb

Halls of Fame Vocal Group
Ends Decades of Consumer Fraud
Taking Back Stolen Identity

First Official LP in More than
50 Years to be Released
February 14, 2015


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