The Platters (below) were the perfect group to bring in to this beautiful deco theater still in its original form…as we were lucky to witness June 15, 2017
Though no original members remain, the group IS the ‘official’ Platters, still performing since the passing of the last living Platter (co-founder Herb Reed*) with the licensed title to the name. Step back in time and view for yourself today’s Platters group and the historic BAL THEATER
CLICK BELOW image to hear Herb Reed’s Platters perform ENCHANTED and their biggest hit, MY PRAYER, at the BAL
Enchanted and My Prayer
REED’S Platters finishing their hits from the 50s. Note the bare bones arrangements true to the original recordings, heavy on piano with the famed Platters ‘fish beat’ 6 15 17
Beautiful original wall and ceiling art at the Bal Theater, San Leandro
* Original co-founder of the Platters, Gaynel Hodge, lives on but left the Platters early , before their fame. Original members of the Platters were…
The true Originals performing with Alan Freed in a movie from the mid-1950s during the heyday. Can you name the five who were with the Platters for their biggest hits? See answer elsewhere
More from today’s Platters performing at BAL THEATER, as they open the June 15 show with their new lead singing ONLY YOU
Three of the four current Platters joined the group after it’s leader, original Platters founder, Herb Reed, passed nearly a decade ago. Below they perform songs you don’t normally hear in concert, ‘Heaven On Earth’ and ‘You’ll Never Know.’
Medley of lesser known songs- one of benefits of enjoying a FULL solo show with time for these songs (rather than a cavalcade of acts each performing only a handful of songs)
We really enjoyed the opening ‘dis-embodied’ words , as if from God, which built suspense just prior to the the Platters walking on stage. Words, in effect, told of this legendary group coming back from another place and time to , once again , bring back the great music of another era. Unfortunately, we didn’t get that on tape. We also appreciated the Platter’s sincerity and patriotism and almost spiritual reminder of how good life can be, despite the present era (perhaps harkening back to the the ‘Happy Days’ of the 1950s during which the Platters reveled.
I’ve long been a follower and active participant of BAY AREA BACKROADS. Following would entail watching, first, JERRY GRAHAM’s original presentation of Bay Area Backroads, going back to the ’70s or ’80s and the more recent Doug McConnell. Just like it’s name, the local broadcast on KPIX, channel 5 , explored the unusual and out of the way places in the nine county San Francisco Bay Area. When McConnell took over the show he branched out sometimes beyond the Bay Area. The program went off the air, surprisingly, some years ago. I’ve always enjoyed road trips and we live in one of the best places in the world for them, with Bay Area’s diverse topography and history. I’ve been told, for example, that our East Bay area has more parklands than anywhere it’s size in the U.S.
After ‘Backroads’ went off the air , there were limited programs like ‘Eye on the Bay,’ but nothing to compare. I would soon discover HUELL HOWSER and his CALIFORNIA’S GOLD, shown on KQED, locally and PBS stations throughout California. I liked Howser as much for his most unique, friendly and ‘down home’ personality as the places he would explore and talk about on the show. Sadly, Howser passed away in the prime of his life, late last year and I greatly miss him; Graham, 79, also passed away, recently.
I have already followed some of Howser’s trips-which I call the ‘Huell Hoswer Memorial Backroads Trips- most recently to California’s Delta, just one of many places I had no idea existed in such depth.
So, I have found much joy in the Bay Area (and California) Backroads, thanks especially to Howser. I miss all Backroads shows but especially Howsers’ originals; fortunately , old episodes continue to air (probably due to Howser’s popularity), though I find it a bit disconcerting to watch knowing Howser is no longer with us, though, I must remember he’s here in spirit and the show preserves his legacy with thousands of people still viewing it.
So, we will plan on sharing some of our favorite Backroads Trips in these pages – both as a chronicle or diary, of sorts, for memories (and reminders to take the trips again). Once we get going, we, too, will try to include some interviews with people we meet along the paths less travelled here the Bay Area
We hope you enjoy them, too, and please send along your