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March 1, 1957Frankie Lymon &
The Teenagers received $7,500 to perform at a carnival in Panama.

1969 – Glen Campbell’s
2nd Top 5 hit in four months “Galveston” charted reaching #4

Top Single:
“Runaway Child, Runnin’ Wild” The Temptations #2 1969 “Best Of My Love” The Eagles #1 1975

Jim Ed Brown (The Browns) 1938 John Carroll (Starland Vocal Band) 1957

March 2, 1984
Legendary Gold Star
Studios in Los Angeles closed its doors. Recording home of Phil Spector and most of his classic hits, the studio was demolished to make way for a mini-mall featuring a Del Taco stand.

Top Single:
“Walk Like A Man” The Four Seasons #1 1963

March 3, 1958
The Rock & Roll National Anthem “Rock & Roll Is Here To Stay” by Danny & The Juniors charted eventually reaching #19.

1966 – Buffalo Springfield was formed by Stephen Stills shortly after the guitarist, driving on Sunset Blvd, in Los Angeles, saw an old Canadian friend Neil Young driving in the opposite direction at the wheel of a hearse.

Top Single:
“Get Job” The Silhouettes #1 1958 “Duke Of Earl” Gene Chandler & The Dukay’s #1 1962


March 4, 1967 The Four Seasons
33rd hit 45 “Beggin’” charted en rout to #16.

1966 – John Lennon
was quoted in the London Evening Standard newspaper “The Beatles are probably bigger than Jesus right now”.

Top Single:
“Go Where You Wanna Go” The 5th Dimension #16 1967 “Ruby Tuesday” The Rolling Stones #1 1967


March 5, 1977 The Supremes
“Let Yourself Go” became their last of 43 R&B cart singles (#83).

Top Single: “California Dreamin”
The Mama’s & The Papa’s #5
1966 Birthday: Bobby Womack (The Valentinos) 1944

March 6, 1959 The “Ben E. King” Drifters
first recording session included “There Goes My Baby” (#2 Pop, #1 R&B) the first R&B hit to use strings.

1972 – John Lennon’s
American visa was revoked.

Top Single:
“Pony Time” Chubby Checker & The Dreamlovers #1

1961 “One Bad Apple”
The Osmonds

Birthday: Mary Wilson
(The Supremes) 1944

March 7, 1957 The Tune Weavers
standard “Happy Happy Birthday Baby” was recorded in a Boston studio.

1965 – During a Rolling Stones
performance at The Palace Theatre, Manchester England, a girl fell from the balcony.

Top Single:
“Talkin’ Bout My Baby” The Impressions #25 1964 “I Want To Hold Your Hand” The Beatles #1 1964


March 8, 1969 The 5th Dimension’s
“Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine” charted becoming the groups first #1.

1957 – Britain’s New Musical
Express predicted that teen idol Tommy Sands would soon eclipse the success of Elvis Presley.

Top Single:
“This Magic Moment” Jay & The Americans #6 1969 “Everyday People” Sly & The Family Stone #1

March 9, 1957 Fats Domino
charted with “I’m Walkin’” and reached #4. The “Fat Man” went on to have 66 Pop hits in 13 years.

Top Single: “Venus”
Frankie Avalon #1


March 10, 1958 The Crowns
(formerly The Five Crowns) single “Kiss and Make Up” was released. Within months its local success landed the group on the Apollo stage where Drifters manager George Treadwell appointed them the new Drifters.

1977 – The Sex Pistols signed with A&M Records in London. The Ceremony was held in from of Buckingham Palace to the Queen’s horror.

Top Single: “Devil Or Angel”
The Clovers #7 R&B 1956 “Killing Me Softly With His Song” Roberta Flack #1 1973

Dexter Tisby (The Penguins) 1935 Bunny DeBarge (DeBarge) 1955

March 11, 1927
Seeburg introduced the first Jukebox. The machine became synonymous with vocal group recordings of the fifties.

1967 – Dick James, The Beatles
publisher, announced that the Lennon-McCartney song “Yesterday” was the most recorded song to date having had 446 different “cover” recordings.

Top Single:
“Hunter Gets Captured By The Game” The Marvelettes #14 1967 “Without You” Nilsson #1 1972

Birthday: Fred Johnson
(The Marcels) 1942

March 12, 1966 The Drifters
“Memories Are Made Of These” was reviewed as an “Exciting revival of the Dean Martin goldie with top Drifters vocals backed by Mariachi brass…..” but it only reached #48 and was their next to last of 36 top 100 hits.

Top Single:
“Lightnin’ Strikes” Lou Christie and The Angels #8 1966

Birthday: Marlon Jackson
(The Jackson Five) 1957


March 13, 1964
The Concords recorded “Should I Cry”. 1965 – Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds for John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.

Top Single: “Stop! In The Name Of Love” The Supremes #3 1965
“Ballad Of The Green Berets” Sgt. Barry Sadler #1 1966

Neil Sedaka (The Tokens) 1939 Dan Bennie (The Reflections) 1940 Donald York (Sha Na Na) 1949

March 14, 1956 The Diamonds
cover of The Willows “Church Bells May Ring” came out and beat the original #14 to #62 on the Pop charts.

1972 – Merle Haggard was granted a full pardon by Governor Ronald Regan 12 years after Haggard was released from San Quentin Penitentiary after serving three years.

Top Single:
“Give Me Just A Little More Time” The Chairman of The Board #6 1970 “Jacobs Ladder” Huey Lewis & The News #1 1987

Birthday: Phil Phillips
(The Twilights) 1931


March 15, 1954 The Chords
recorded the soon-to-be standard “Sha-Boom which became the first Pop Top 10 hit (#5 Pop, #2 R&B) by a Rock & Roll group.

1956 –
Former dog catcher and carnival huckster Tom Parker signed a youthful Elvis Presley to a management contract.

Top Single:
“Lady Marmalade” LaBelle #3 1975 “Dizzy” Tommy Roe #1 1969

Birthday: Mike Love
(The Beach Boys) 1941

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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